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.
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