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Founding Faculty Endowed Funds (4)

Two endowments provide support for residency education
Sherwood Baker, MD, and Roger Hofmeister, MD, were skilled, well-liked and widely respected physicians who understood the principles of family medicine and espoused the values of compassion, integrity, humor and respect. They shaped the lives and careers of many family medicine residents. The A. Sherwood Baker, MD, Endowment and the Roger W. Hofmeister, MD, Endowment will be used to promote excellence in residency training. Residents chosen for these awards will demonstrate outstanding commitment to family medicine education, scholarship or service.

One endowment provides support for medical education
Robert (Robin) L. Blake Jr, MD, was recruited in 1978 to care for patients, train residents, and help develop our academic fellowship program. This two-year program, designed to prepare physicians for careers in academic medicine, has promoted scholarship and research in the department for 35+ years. Robin was an exemplary physician, teacher, and scholar who touched the lives of many during his career. The Robert Blake, MD, Endowment has funded our department’s efforts to develop a fully online master’s degree program for physicians who want to teach. This degree in academic medicine (MS) provides learners the fundamental knowledge and skills for future academic careers.

One endowment funds an annual lectureship at MU
Gerald T. Perkoff, MD, was an exceptional teacher and mentor whose passion for research and critical thinking nurtured the careers of our early fellowship graduates. He had many successes at MU, but more than anything else, as father of our fellowship program, Dr. Perkoff was responsible for developing the academic side of our department. The Gerald Perkoff, MD, Endowment funds an annual lectureship at MU. Guest lecturers represent Dr. Perkoff’s values of innovation, scholarship, ethical decision making and creativity.

To make a donation to any of these founding faculty endowed funds.

Global Health/Family Medicine Training Fund

The mission of our Family Medicine Residency Program is to train capable, compassionate family physicians who are inspirational leaders in Family and Community Medicine in our state, across the nation as well as around the world. To that end, we established an endowed fund dedicated to support family medicine education and residency training. Since 2014, money from this fund has provided partial support to medical mission trips taken by Family Medicine Residents. Global health training experiences equip residents with the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to deliver health care to diverse populations.

Another purpose of our Global Health/Family Medicine Training Fund is to support our department’s Integrated Residency (IR) Program. Established in 1993, the IR has been recognized locally and nationally as an exemplary approach to the continuum of medical school and residency training. The program has demonstrated itself to be beneficial to the resident, our department and our school. The IR is so valuable to us that every year the department has financially supported the program and its scholarship award, above the contribution from the school and hospital. We hope to keep the IR as a vital component of our training mission for as long as possible.

In addition to Global Health Training experiences and our Integrated Residency Program, the Global Health/Family Medicine Training Fund will be used to support other future residency training/medical education projects.

To make a donation to our Global Health/Family Medicine Training Fund.

Future of Family Medicine Professor

MU Family and Community Medicine is committed to building a better future for our specialty. This is a challenging commitment that requires us to develop innovative ways to teach students, provide comprehensive, patient-centered care to individuals and families, and gain knowledge and understanding from practice-based research. In the spring of 2006, we created the Future of Family Medicine Endowment to sustain our efforts to renew and transform the discipline of family medicine. Our goal was to establish permanent funding for the time and energy needed to develop a new and improved model of care. When this endowment reached $550,000 in 2010, Michael LeFevre, MD, MSPH, vice chair of our department, was named the Future of Family Medicine Professor.

To make a donation to the Future of Family Medicine Professor.

Jack M. and Winifred S. Colwill Endowed Chair

Jack M. and Winifred S. Colwill Endowed Professor

The Jack M. Colwill Academic Endowment was created in May 2000 to promote excellence in education. We named it to honor Dr. Colwill, who was appointed chair of MU Family and Community Medicine in 1976. Dr. Colwill led our department for 21 years, and today, thanks in large part to his vision and leadership, we are recognized as one of our country's premier family medicine departments. Even though he stepped down as chair in 1997, Dr. Colwill’s ongoing presence and contributions continue to have a positive impact on our department. In fact, it’s Dr. Colwill who pledged the first and largest gift to the Colwill Endowment. By 2005, donations to the fund totaled more than $1.1 million, enough to establish the first endowed chair, which we named the Jack M. and Winifred S. Colwill Endowed Chair. Harold Williamson, MD, MSPH, then department chair, was named the first Colwill Endowed Chair. After Dr. Williamson retired in 2016, the SOM Dean named MU Family Medicine Chair Steven Zweig, MD, MSPH, the new Jack and Winifred Colwill Endowed Chair. Ongoing donations to this fund have enabled us to create a second endowment, the Jack M. and Winifred S. Colwill Endowment Professor, and in the fall of 2017, Richelle Koopman, MD, MS, was named the first Jack M. and Winifred S. Colwill Endowed Professor.

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William C. Allen, MD, Endowed Professors

William Allen, MD, joined our faculty in 1965 and for years, he directed the rural preceptorship. During his 25 years at MU, Dr. Allen witnessed state support steadily decrease. Recognizing that this support was vital to our department and would need to be replaced, Dr. Allen initiated a fundraising campaign in 1990. He began writing letters to the many alumni, physicians, and friends he knew during his career. When donations reached professorship level in 1998, we named this endowment the William C. Allen, MD, Professorship in recognition of Dr. Allen’s commitment to Family Medicine. Robin Blake, MD, served as the first Allen Professor until he retired in 2000. Even though Dr. Allen passed away in December 2005, the Allen Professorship has continued to grow. When the William Allen Endowment reached $1.1 million in 2010, two faculty members were named William C. Allen, MD, Endowed Professors: Elizabeth Garrett, MD, MSPH, and David Mehr, MD, MS. In the fall of 2017, the SOM Dean named Erika Ringdahl, MD, the new William C. Allen, MD, Endowed Professor to replace Dr. Garrett, who retired in 2016.

To make a donation to the William C. Allen, MD, Endowed Professors.

Paul Revare, MD, Family Professor of Family Medicine

Paul Revare, MD, (1928-2011) graduated from MU’s School of Medicine in 1952, when it was a two-year program, and then finished his degree at St. Louis University. He practiced family medicine 20 years in Kansas City. He also practiced emergency medicine 10 years before retiring in 1983 at age 55. Before his retirement, Dr. Revare had devoted a lot of time learning how to invest his money wisely. Eager to share his investment knowledge and advice, he prepared an Investment Seminar that he presented to MU Family Medicine faculty and residents from 2004-07. Grateful to MU for the many ways it impacted his life and career, Dr. Revare made a $550,000 donation to the University in 2005. This gift was used to establish the Paul Revare Family Professorship. In 2006, Steven Zweig, MD, MSPH, was named the first Paul Revare, MD, Family Professor. In the fall of 2017, the SOM Dean named Debra Parker Oliver, PhD, MSW, the new Paul Revare, MD, Family Professor of Family Medicine to replace Dr. Zweig, who is now the Colwill Endowed Chair.

David B. Oliver Family and Community Medicine Faculty Award

David Oliver, PhD, who joined MU in 1996, served many roles in our health care system, including professor in HMI, director for care quality, nursing home administrator, and leader of various initiatives to improve care for older people. His last career was a teacher of the living and dying process, which he began after being diagnosed with Stage 4 nasopharyngeal cancer in 2011 and continued until his death in 2015. David and his wife, MU Family and Community Medicine Professor Debra Parker-Oliver PhD, a nationally recognized researcher in hospice and palliative, produced dozens of videos, wrote a book, and gave numerous presentations designed to turn their experiences with David’s cancer into teachable moments. For more than three years, learners; health care providers; and patients, families and caregivers across the world were inspired by David Oliver’s cancer journey. The David Oliver Family and Community Medicine Faculty Award was established in 2013, with donations from David’s wife and their children. Recipients of this annual award must be MU Family Medicine faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in geriatrics and/or palliative medicine. Three faculty members have received a David Oliver FCM Faculty Award: Kevin Craig, MD, MSPH,  Paul Tatum, MD, MSPH, and Karla Washington, PhD.

Armstrong-Carmichael Resident Education Endowment

Scott Roos, MD, a 2006 MU Family Medicine graduate, and his wife, Janet Hendrickson, PhD, established this endowment in 2017 to provide support for resident education and research in Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Roos, a family physician who practices outpatient medicine for BJC Medical Group in Lake St. Louis, and his wife, Jan, an attorney who practices in downtown St. Louis, live in O’Fallon and have two children, Henry and Anika.

Opal Lewis Distinguished Faculty Scholar

Opal Lewis (1901-1996) was born in Matfield Green, KS, and married Donloe E. Lewis in 1921. Opal and Don had one son, Donloe B. Lewis, whose family was struck by tragedy. His oldest daughter died of leukemia at age 4. Four years later, his wife and two remaining daughters were killed in a car accident. In the years after this accident, Don B. developed an alcohol addiction. He committed suicide in 1966. Ms. Lewis died at age 95. Her estate left funds to MU School of Medicine for research in alcohol abuse. Opal wanted to help others who suffered from physical conditions similar to those experienced by her family. In 2004, Daniel Vinson, MD, MSPH, was named the Opal Lewis Faculty Scholar. The SOM Dean will be naming a new Opal Lewis Faculty Scholar to replace Dr. Vinson, who retired in the summer of 2013.