David Wong, Indianapolis, IN, USA
When I arrived on the Seattle Pacific College campus in 1957 there was a grand total of two professors who made up the chemistry department. They were very caring and outstanding teachers. They were exemplary in their practice of the profession of teaching, so I gleaned a great deal from SPU.
My heart for service and a desire to ease human suffering motivated my work as a research neuroscientist and my role in developing Prozac, the anti-depressant used by millions of people worldwide. I'm really touched when one of my friends or acquaintances tells me how it has helped them personally.
Seattle Pacific shaped my faith and the way I perceived the responsibility of being a Christian. It inspired my wife, Christina, and I to establish two endowments. We think it's important to give back.
— David Wong, Ph.D., Lilly Distinguished Research Fellow, Lilly Research Laboratories, retired