KU's Biggest Individual Donor Dies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Madison "Al" Self, a Kansas native who donated more money to the University of Kansas than any other individual donor, has died at the age of 91.

Self died Sunday in Hinsdale, Ill., where he and his wife, Lila, had lived since 1966.

The couple gave more than $44 million to the university for various purposes, including fellowships and capital projects.

Self graduated from the school in 1943 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. In 1947 he bought a three-person company named Bee Chemical Co. in Illinois.

The company had five U.S. manufacturing facilities and sites in Japan and England when he sold it 37 years later.

University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little called Self was a visionary who changed the lives of countless students.

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