Leven Hazlegrove

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Leven Savage Hazlegrove (born December 1, 1924 in Birmingham; died August 18, 2009 in Homewood) was chair of the Department of Chemistry at Samford University and executive director of the Alabama Academy of Science.

Hazlegrove graduated from Woodlawn High School where he also played football. He went on to enroll at Howard College to study chemistry, returning to complete his degree in 1947 after serving in World War II with the U. S. Navy. He went on to earn a master's in analytical chemistry at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and a PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Alabama. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Duke University, the University of North Carolina, and the University of South Carolina before joining the faculty of West Georgia College, where he was a professor of chemistry and assistant athletic director.

Later Hazlegrove worked as a research chemist for the U. S. Food and Drug administration. He directed three chemistry institutes for college professors in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) on behalf of the U. S. State Department. He presented papers at international meetings and published numerous books and articles during his career.

Hazlegrove returned to his alma mater as a chemistry professor and rose to chair his department. He was presented with the Gardner Award in 2003 from the Alabama Academy of Science. He also served as a Sunday school teacher and usher at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church.

Hazlegrove died in August 2009. He was survived by his wife, Anne, three daughters and three grandchildren.