A memorial service for Leon W. Cunningham, Ph.D., professor emeritus and former chairman of the Department of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at Calvary United Methodist Church at 3701 Hillsboro Road in Nashville. Leon W. Cunningham, Ph.D. Family and friends are invited to visitation before the service from 1-3 p.m. at the church.
Dr. Cunningham, 85, died Saturday, June 8, a day before his 86th birthday. His wife of 59 years, Jean Roberta Swingle Cunningham, died in 2007. Dr. Cunningham was well known for his contributions to the fields of enzyme chemistry, glycoproteins and connective tissue biochemistry, and for his commitment to the department and to the graduate students he mentored.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Care Fellowship, 511 South 8th Street, Nashville, Tenn., 37206, or to the Jean S. Cunningham Prayer Room ministry at Calvary United Methodist Church.