Julius W. Hegeler II
Julius W. Hegeler II of Danville, Ill., has made a commitment of $2 million toward Millikin’s Center for Theatre & Dance. The generosity of his gift will result in the creation of the Julius W. Hegeler II Lobby in the new facility. Julius, a 1950 graduate of Millikin, is a longtime philanthropist and has supported numerous Millikin initiatives, including the Douglas Zemke International Fellows program, the G. William Harner Scholarship Fund and the Dr. Jan Devore Student Lobby in the University Commons.
After earning his degree in business administration from Millikin, Julius served in the Air Force as an F-86 fighter pilot. His meritorious service earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross. Upon return to civilian life, Julius co-founded Peterson Filling and Packaging in Danville, Ill., which would become the world’s largest chemical specialties packager.
In 1992, Julius established the Julius W. Hegeler II Foundation. The organization focuses its philanthropic efforts on historic preservation, health care, the arts, education, environmental education and improving the lives of children and people with disabilities. Among the foundation’s many charitable projects is the restoration of Julius’ childhood home for future use as a museum.
In addition to generously supporting his alma mater financially, Julius served as a member of the University’s board of trustees from 1981 to 1996. In 1998, he was recognized with a Millikin Alumni Merit-Loyalty Award, an honor bestowed upon individuals who have distinguished themselves both in their professional endeavors and through their support of the University.
“I am so grateful that Mr. Hegeler has chosen to make this major commitment to the Center for Theatre & Dance,” said Millikin President Patrick E. White. “His pledge will enable Millikin to move forward to create the kind of performance and learning spaces that match Millikin’s very high reputation in theatre, musical theatre and dance.”