Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr.
(1893–1966) was a pharmaceutical industrialist
and President of Eli Lilly and Company
from 1948 to 1953. Lilly, a 1914 graduate of the school of pharmacy at the University of Michigan
, was the last family member to run the company. He was named for his father, Josiah K. Lilly, Sr.
, who also headed the family business. He married Ruth Brinkmeyer and had 2 children, Ruth Lilly
(1915-2009) and Josiah Kirby Lilly III
Lilly, Jr. was known for his philanthropic activities, such as Eagle Creek Park
. He was a founder of the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment
Inc. along with his father and his brother Eli Lilly
, which has become one of he largest private foundations
in the United States. He was also a prolific collector of rare books and manuscripts, gold, antique weaponry, stamps, and military miniatures. Lilly, Jr. donated 20,000 books and 17,000 manuscripts to Indiana University
in the 1950's, forming the foundation of the Lilly Library
His son J.K. Lilly III was also a philanthropist and gave money to community projects in the Cape Cod
area.Eli Lilly II
is the son of J.K. Lilly III and grandson of J.K. Lilly. Lilly maintains a low profile in the Indianapolis area.