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DeYoung, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Endowment
In 1980, Mr. Russell DeYoung '32 and his wife, Lois Bishop DeYoung, established The University of Akron Landbank (The Mr. and Mrs. Russell DeYoung Endowment), a permanent endowment used to purchase privately owned properties for University expansion and improvement. A distinguished business leader, Mr. DeYoung began his 30-year tenure at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company as a University engineering cooperative education student. Mr. DeYoung held the positions of vice president, executive vice president, and president, and served as chairman and chief executive officer for 10 years before retiring from Goodyear in 1974. Under his leadership, Goodyear's preeminence as the world's No. 1 tire manufacturer grew with the expansion of European operations and the Goodyear Aerospace Corporation. Prominent benefactors to the University, Mr. DeYoung was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree in 1971, and Mrs. DeYoung received an Honorary Alumna Award in 1967. Mr. DeYoung was posthumously honored with the College of Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990.