FCM Endowments

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Founding Faculty Endowed Funds

We are proud to announce that this past winter, we established three permanently endowed funds to honor the incredible work and leadership of three founding faculty members of MU Family and Community Medicine:

Two endowments will provide support for residency Education

Roger Hofmeister, MDSherwood Baker and Roger Hofmeister 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. We are proud to eternalize their legacies by creating an endowment in each of their names.

Sherwood Baker, MDThe A. Sherwood Baker, MD, Resident Education Endowment and the Roger W. Hofmeister, MD, Resident Education Endowment will be used at the discretion of the residency director and/or department chair to promote excellence in residency training. Residents chosen for these awards will demonstrate outstanding commitment to family medicine education, scholarship, or service, and they will use money from this fund for such things as travel expenses, books, or research projects.

One endowment will provide support for medical education

Robert L. Blake Jr., MD, Endowment for Medical Education

Robert L. Blake Jr., MDProfessor Emeritus Robert (Robin) L. Blake Jr, MD, was recruited in 1978 to care for patients, train residents, and help develop the Robert Wood Johnson Academic Fellowship. This two-year program, designed to prepare family physicians for careers in academic medicine, has promoted scholarship and research in the department for 30+ years. Robin was an exemplary physician, teacher, and scholar who touched the lives of many during his career at MU.

The Robert L. Blake Jr., MD, Endowment for Medical Education was created to honor Robin’s dedication in fostering excellence and innovation in family medicine teaching, research, and clinical care. This endowment will help support a redesigned academic fellowship and Master of Science (MS) degree curriculum.

One endowment will fund an annual lectureship at MU

Gerald T. Perkoff, MD, Lectureship Endowment

Gerald PerkoffJerry Perkoff was an exceptional teacher and dedicated 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, Jerry was responsible for developing the academic side of our department. We are proud to eternalize his legacy by creating an endowment in his name.

This Gerald T. Perkoff, MD, Lectureship Endowment will fund an annual lectureship at MU. Guest lecturers, chosen by the department chair with advice from a committee of faculty members, will represent Jerry’s values of innovation, scholarship, ethical decision making, and creativity.

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

Global Health Training Fund

We established a fund to support global health training for Family Medicine Residents. Its purpose is to equip residents with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to deliver health care to diverse populations – locally and globally.

To make a donation to our Global Health Training Fund.

Future of Family Medicine Professor

We at MU Family and Community Medicine are 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 care that is comprehensive, consistent, and patient-centered to individuals and families, and gain knowledge and understanding from practice-based research.

Our department is fortunate to have a group of passionate faculty and staff members who are not afraid to think outside the box as they plan for the future of our specialty. They are a spirited group who have the courage to dream, and the determination to make their dreams come true. That’s why we at MU Family Medicine feel confident and uniquely qualified to help shape the future of our specialty.

In the spring of 2006, we created the Future of Family Medicine (FFM) Endowment to sustain our efforts to renew and transform the discipline of family medicine. Our goal was to establish permanent funding for the time, energy, and planning 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 ColwillThe 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, dedicated leadership, and commitment to educational innovation, we are recognized as one of the premier family medicine departments in the country.

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. His incredible generosity generated much enthusiasm throughout this fundraising campaign. In fact, by 2005, donations to the fund totaled more than $1.1 million, enough to establish the first endowed chair for MU Family and Community Medicine.

To make a donation to the Jack and Winifred Colwill Endowed Chair.

William C. Allen Professor

William Allen, MD, joined our faculty in 1965 and for years, he directed the rural preceptorship, which provides medical students opportunities to learn and work with family physicians in small towns across the state.

William AllenDuring his 25 years at the University, 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. His goal was to establish the Family Practice Professorship, an endowed fund that would provide permanent support for our efforts to train future family physicians. To achieve his goal, he began writing letters twice a year to the many alumni, physicians, and friends he knew during his career. When donations reached professorship level in 1998, the department chose to name this endowment the William C. Allen Professorship in recognition of Dr. Allen’s many contributions and steadfast 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 C. Allen Endowment reached $1.1 million in the spring of 2010, two distinguished faculty members were named William C. Allen Professors: Elizabeth Garrett, MD, MSPH and David Mehr, MD, MS.

To make a donation to the William C. Allen Professor.

Paul Revare, MD, Family Professor of Family Medicine

Paul RevareDr. Revare graduated from MU’s School of Medicine in 1952, when it was a two-year program, and then went to St. Louis University to finish his training. He practiced family medicine nearly 20 years in north Kansas City. He also practiced emergency medicine 10 years before retiring in 1983. During the 1970s, he was among the first 10 physicians in the Kansas City area to become a charter Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice.

Before he retired, Dr. Revare devoted a lot of energy to learning how to invest his money wisely. His efforts obviously paid off because he was able to retire at the age of 55. Eager to share his investment knowledge and advice, he prepared an Investment Seminar that he presented annually to MU Family Medicine faculty and residents from 2004-2007.

Grateful to MU for the positive ways it impacted his life and career, Dr. Revare made a $550,000 donation to the University in 2005. This very generous gift was used to establish the Paul Revare Family Professorship, an endowed fund designated to support the educational mission of our department. Dr. Zweig, our chair, was named the first Paul Revare, MD, Family Professor of Family Medicine. Dr. Revare, 82, passed away in his Kansas City, MO home in August 2011.

Steven Zweig, MD, MSPH, chair and MU’s Interdisciplinary Center on Aging director, continues to serve as the Paul Revare Professor.

David B. Oliver Family and Community Medicine Faculty Award

David B. Oliver, PhD

David B. Oliver, PhD

David B. Oliver PhD, retired Family and Community Medicine faculty member and Deputy Director of the Interdisciplinary Center on Aging, passed away in March 2015, after living with a cancer diagnosis made in 2011.

Since joining the University of Missouri in 1996, Dr. Oliver 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 in September 2011 after being diagnosed with Stage 4 nasopharyngeal cancer.

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 local and national presentations designed to turn their experiences with David’s cancer into teachable moments. For more than three years, medical students; physicians and other providers; and patients, families and caregivers from across the world learned and were inspired by David Oliver’s cancer journey.

The David B. Oliver Family and Community Medicine Faculty Award was established in 2013, with donations from David’s wife, Debra Parker Oliver, and children: Michael Scott Oliver, Mark Bradley Oliver, Jessica Leigh Tappana, Rebecca Marie Schoenlaub, and Christina Kimberly Schoenlaub. To be chosen for this annual award, the recipient must be an MU Family Medicine faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in geriatrics or palliative medicine in one or more of the following areas: practice, education, and/or research.

Kevin Craig, MD, MSPH, assistant professor and geriatrician our department, received the first David Oliver Family Faculty Award. Paul Tatum, MD, MSPH, associate professor who is also a geriatrician in our department, received the second annual David Oliver Award in March 2015, days before David’s death. David and Debbie Oliver were able to attend this special event via skype.

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 while living in a nursing home in Winfield, KS. 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.