Don and Jean McCormick Are Sharing a Love of Learning
Don and Jean McCormick are supporting Emory University's Emeritus College by making it a beneficiary of their retirement account.
A retired professor with a lifelong interest in science and a love of learning, Don McCormick helped pioneer the division of biological sciences, the department of genetics, and a program in nutrition and health science at Emory University.
Now retired, he and his wife, Jean McCormick, are preserving their intellectual interests by an estate gift to Emory's Emeritus College, which he helped create. By designating the college as a beneficiary of their IRA, the McCormicks want to ensure it remains strong. "Our furry companion, Daisy (who says, 'adopt, don't shop'), supports this decision," McCormick says.
"As we approached retirement, my wife and I believed that both emeritus faculty and the university would benefit from having a college structure that encouraged the continuing scholarship of faculty members who were interested in and able to contribute," he says. "That belief is now the Emeritus College of Emory University."
McCormick earned two degrees at Vanderbilt University, completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California-Berkeley, and became the Liberty Hyde Bailey professor of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University, where he began his academic career.
"After nearly 20 years at Cornell, with our three children growing up, we moved to Emory," McCormick says. At Emory, he served as chairman of the department of biochemistry from 1979 to 1994 and as executive associate dean for the basic science departments of the school of medicine.
McCormick is recognized worldwide for his pioneering work in metabolism and function of water-soluble vitamins. He has published more than 350 science-related papers and received many awards throughout his career. To honor and recognize his outstanding research in biochemistry and molecular biology, the Emory University Department of Biochemistry held annual Donald B. McCormick lectures for several years.
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