When his son died at 15 he resolved to make his fortune available to help other peoples' children and he founded a university.
He gave the university his 8,000 acre farm - and the campus is still called The Farm.
In the 50s, the engineering professor, later provost, determined to attract semiconductor companies to his area by setting up co-operative programmes and a research park.
The initiative secured the future of the university by spawning an industrial hub which helped build the university's endowment fund to $17 billion.
Moral: Great deeds have great effects