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Morris gift supports speakers at UI College of Nursing gerontology conference

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A gift from Woodrow W. and Inabelle H. Morris of Iowa City to the University of Iowa Foundation will help sponsor panel discussions and lectures by prominent speakers at a national gerontology conference to be held at the UI August 28-30.

Hosted by the UI College of Nursing's Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center, the "Vitality throughout the Adult Lifecycle" conference will focus on nursing interventions to promote quality of life and health in aging populations.

"This gift is significant for the sharing of information in a field that also was a specialty of Dr. Woody Morris," said Professor Toni Tripp-Reimer, co-chair of the conference's national planning committee and director of the UI's Gerontological Nursing Interventions Research Center. "While he was at the university, Dr. Morris organized and led important gerontological initiatives with faculty from the Colleges of Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, and the School of Social Work."

After this year, the Woodrow W. and Inabelle H. Morris Visiting Professor Fund will sustain a visiting lecture program in gerontological studies at the UI.

Morris joined the UI faculty in 1948, where he served many years as an associate dean in the UI College of Medicine. The recipient of numerous state and national awards for his research on aging, Morris directed the UI's former Institute of Gerontology from 1957 to 1971. He is now a professor emeritus of the university.

The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private contributions to all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends to provide professorships, scholarships, research funds, and other forms of support for the UI.