Danforth Scholars Program

Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth, who served as chancellor for 24 of his more than 65 years of service to Washington University in St. Louis, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The late Dr. Danforth helped transform Washington University from a well-regarded regional institution into a global force in higher education and research. Dr. Danforth’s passing offers a moment for us to reflect on WashU’s past, present, and future, each immeasurably shaped by his influence.

Contributions in memory of Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth, MD, can be made to the Danforth Scholars Program.

Established in 1998 to honor the exemplary leadership and service of Dr. Danforth and his wife, Elizabeth Gray Danforth, this important program has helped make a Washington University education possible for more than 650 students from across the country and around the world. Educating young people who would become stewards of the future was at the core of Dr. Danforth’s life’s work. He was deeply involved in the Danforth Scholars Program, which represents his legacy of fostering in students an exceptional intellectual and creative acuity—and a commitment to community, diversity, and kindness.

Your contribution will demonstrate your gratitude for the nearly 70 years Dr. Danforth touched the hearts and minds of the WashU community. 

“What we give away always outlasts what we keep.”

William H. Danforth
Chancellor Danforth met regularly with students and was affectionately known as “Uncle Bill” and “Chan Dan.”
Chancellor Danforth, who had a special rapport with students, poses with some at the 1994 Homecoming.