Posted by Bill Nunnelley on 2009-08-21Dr. Leven S. Hazlegrove, who served on the Samford University chemistry faculty for 33 years including several years as department chair, died Aug. 18 in Homewood. He was 84.
A Birmingham native, Dr. Hazlegrove was a 1947 graduate of Samford (then Howard College), where he completed his degree after service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Hazlegrove held the master's degree in analytical chemistry from Emory University and the Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from the University of Alabama. He did postdoctoral work at Duke University, the University of North Carolina, University of Southern California and others.
Prior to joining the Samford faculty, he was professor of chemistry and director of athletics at West Georgia College (now the State University of West Georgia).
Hazlegrove directed three international chemistry institutes for college professors in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) for the U.S. Department of State. He presented numerous scientific papers at national and international meetings, and published papers in various scientific journals.
Hazlegrove was active for many years in the Alabama Academy of Science, serving a term as executive director. He received the organization's top award, the Gardner Award, in 2003.
He was also a longtime member of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Homewood, where he served as a Sunday School teacher and past Training Union director.
He was survived by his wife of 58 years, Anne; three grown daughters, and three grandchildren.
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.