Unprecedented KU Donor Dies At Age 91

By: 13 News Staff
By: 13 News Staff

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- Madison "Al" Self, a Kansas native who donated more money to the University of Kansas than any other individual donor, is dead at the age of 91.

Self died Sunday in Hinsdale, Illinois where he lived with his wife since 1966.

The couple gave more than $44 million dollars to KU for fellowships and capital projects, among other projects.

He 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 Company 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 a visionary who changed the lives of countless students.


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