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The University of Missouri announced a $2.4 million gift from MU graduate Mark McAndrew on Aug. 21, 2014. McAndrew's generosity will fund an endowed faculty chair in cancer research.

$2.4 Million Gift Funds Endowed Chair in Oncology and Cancer Research

Support inspired by experience with cancer center and student at MU

Mark McAndrew, a resident of McKinney, Texas, has given $2.4 million to the University of Missouri School of Medicine to create the Frances T. McAndrew Endowed Chair in Oncology. $400,000 of the gift will fund MU cancer researcher Fred Hawthorne’s innovative research on boron-neutron therapy as a treatment for cancer. McAndrew says the gift is in honor of his late aunt, Frances, who was a patient at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, a part of University of Missouri Health Care.

“Frances was a tremendous person— truly a good soul—and it is a privilege to be able to make this gift in her honor,” McAndrew said. “Growing up in rural Missouri, I can say that rural Missourians have always looked to the University of Missouri health system as a source for care above and beyond the routine. Frances always spoke highly of the top-notch care she received at the MU Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, and I hope this gift will help continue to advance the premier research and care the MU health system provides.”

McAndrew’s gift was inspired by his aunt’s battle with cancer as well as an inspiring essay written by Noah Wald-Dickler, an MU School of Medicine student who treated Frances during her stay at the hospital. In his Legacy Teachers Program essay, Wald-Dickler praised Frances and the rest of the McAndrew family for their strength and grace during such a difficult time. He concluded his essay by writing:

“Not all the epidemiology, pathophysiology, technical skills, or clinical experience I acquire in my medical training will remain more prominent in my mind than the lessons Frances and her family taught me. As I progress in knowledge and competence, I can only hope that I can convey even a small piece of the compassion and strength that the McAndrews live each and every day.”

“Noah’s essay paints a perfect picture of Frances,” McAndrew said. “She was always pleasant, always had a smile on her face and always selfless, even when battling cancer and in extreme pain. She never complained and always cared about others more than herself. She truly was a wonderful person who will be greatly missed.” “Mr. McAndrew’s generosity and the spirit of his late aunt, Frances, are inspirations to the entire MU community,” MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said. “This gift will allow MU to attract and retain the highest caliber cancer researchers for decades to come. The fight against cancer is a long battle, but with strong support such as this, MU will play a leading role in future advancements in treatments.”

A national search to hire the first researcher to hold the Frances McAndrew Endowed Chair in Oncology will begin soon.

With his latest gift, Mark McAndrew has given more than $3.8 million to MU. His past gifts include $1.4 million to fund the Clark County Flagship Scholarship, which provides four-year academic scholarships to MU students from Clark County. McAndrew is a 1975 MU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is a member of the Mizzou Alumni Association. He retired as chairman and chief executive officer of Torchmark, a holding company specializing in life and supplemental health insurance.


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