Jon J Kabara - Honored Alumni at Saint Mary's University
After graduating from Saint Mary’s, Jon Kabara earned an M.S. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Chicago. He dedicated his life to medical research. He served as a professor at the University of Detroit and later Michigan State University, where in 1969 he helped establish the first school of osteopathic medicine affiliated with a major university. An expert in the field of dietary fats and oils, Dr. Kabara and his innovative company, Med-Chem Labs, Inc. were awarded 16 U.S. and foreign patents. He is credited with more than 200 publications, including eight books.
In 2005, Jon and Betty Kabara made a transformational gift to establish the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Saint Mary’s University. In 1970, Saint Mary’s honored Dr. Kabara with the Heffron Service Award; in 1998 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award; and in 2008 he received an honorary Doctorate of Ethical Leadership. In 2012 the university recognized Betty and the late Jon Kabara with the Heritage Award for exceptional philanthropy.