Active years


Duke University's first dedicated fund to support research was named for Joseph Beard's wife and research partner, Dorothy. The fund was created and supported by royalties from the Beards' patent of a killed-virus horse encephalomyelitis vaccine that was manufactured by Lederle Labs. The fund provided nearly a third of the expense for the research-dedicated Bell Building, AKA 'Joe Beard's Building,' advancing Duke's mission of research in support of clinical care.