In 2011, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine received a $10 million gift from the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Foundation to endow and name the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Training Program in Life Sciences.
With drive and compassion developed by being a teenager through the Great Depression, Walter Driskill and his wife, Lucienne, established the Driskill Foundation in 1986 to advance medical research, as well as develop programs for abused and orphaned children.
The Driskill Foundation has been very generous to the medical research efforts of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In 2010, the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Feinberg received a $5 million commitment from the foundation for the establishment of the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Immunotherapy Research Program and Fellowship Fund. The Division of Rheumatology also received a $975,000 gift to support fellowship training.