This fund was established in 1997 by Leighton E. Cluff to support educational and academic programs at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Leighton was born June 10, 1923, in Salt Lake City, UT. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in 1944 and a doctorate from George Washington University in 1949.
After retiring as president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J., Cluff accepted an unpaid position as a health policy adviser at the University of Florida. He was also a professor in the University of Florida’s Department of Medicine, where he was chairman for a decade before leaving Florida in 1976 to take a position at the RWJ Foundation, the world’s largest private health philanthropic organization. After 10 years as its executive vice president, Cluff was appointed president of the organization from 1986-90. In his work related to national health care, the eradication of AIDs remained Cluff’s top priority.
Cluff also served as a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and as a professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine at the UF Medical School. He was also a consultant to the National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization and several other organizations.
Cluff passed away April 14, 2004, in Gainesville, FL. He and his wife, Beth, were married 60 years and had two daughters, Claudia and Patricia.
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Dr. Leighton E. Cluff University of Florida Performing Arts Educational Endowment Fund