D.S. Flikkema Foundation Fund


His cherished small hometown and his constant search to understand the larger world inspired D.S. Flikkema to leave a legacy to perpetuate his passions of community and education.

David Stanley Flikkema (D.S.) was the son of David and Lida Flikkema of Fulton, Illinois. Born in 1917, he was one of six children born to David and Lida. An inquisitive mind and a thirst for knowledge led him to excel in school.

After graduating from Fulton High School, D.S. continued a family tradition of attending Central College in Pella, Iowa. He graduated summa cum laude in 1940.  He then went on to earn his Ph.D. in chemistry and physics from Iowa State University.  During World War II, he was a researcher for the government in chemical warfare.  After the war, he was a professor of chemistry at Iowa State University.  From there, he went to Argonne National Laboratory where he did atomic research and led the Chemical Engineering Division.

Science, however, was not his only passion.  He loved music of the great classical masters and literary works of the great thinkers.  He read a variety of magazines which kept him informed of world affairs, both political and financial. 

He cherished the values of his parents and the small town upbringing he received.  It was his hope that the funds from this endowment would inspire a will to achieve, because someone they didn’t even know cared.

The D.S. Flikkema Foundation was created in 2008 per the wishes of the late D.S. Flikkema.  A desire to assist in the development of his home town of Fulton led Dr. Flikkema to create his foundation.  His generosity provides funds for scholarships and worthwhile projects in the community.



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