St. Louis couple donates $15 million to Alzheimer's center

Monday, May 10, 2010 | 10:01 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis husband and wife are donating $15 million to an Alzheimer's disease research center at Washington University.

Charles Knight was CEO of Emerson Electric for 27 years. Joanne Knight's mother developed Alzheimer's in the 1980s.

Washington University is announcing on Monday that its Alzheimer's research center will be named in honor of the Knights.

The St. Louis-based university said the Knight's $15 million donation will be used to support Alzheimer's research and to recruit and retain doctors and scientists.


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