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$1 million Colloton contribution will benefit many areas of the UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John W. Colloton, the University of Iowa's vice president
for statewide health services, and his spouse, Mary Ann Colloton, are contributing
$1 million to The University of Iowa Foundation to benefit 10 key areas
of the university, UI Foundation President Darrell D. Wyrick announced
In his gift letter, John Colloton stated that the contribution is intended
"to honor a few of the distinguished programs and university leaders
with whom we've had the privilege of association and friendship over the
years, with a focus on the endowments that we understand each of the programs
is currently building."
Commenting on the contribution, Wyrick stated that "in choosing
to make this remarkably generous leadership gift, John and Mary Ann wish
to pay honor and respect to the University of Iowa and to express their
gratitude for decades of warm associations they've enjoyed with the people
of the university.
"I'm confident the Collotons also hope that their thoughtful contribution--and
their future gifts, as well--will inspire other faculty and staff members
and alumni and friends of the university to consider how they, too, can
bolster and enhance their own favorite programs and projects at the university
through generous, thoughtfully planned contributions to the UI Foundation,"
UI President Mary Sue Coleman said, "This extremely generous contribution
is a fitting tribute to many of the programs and people who've made this
university one of the finest in the country. And the fact that it comes
from 'one of our own' in the hopes of spurring additional gifts is truly
extraordinary and deeply moving.
"We are most grateful to John and Mary Ann Colloton for this exceptional
commitment," Coleman continued, "and for all they have done for
the University of Iowa through the many years they have been part of the
The 10 University areas benefiting from the Colloton contribution, the
individuals being honored by the gift and the related commentary by the
Collotons, as well as the specific amount designated for each program,
are set forth below:
- UI Libraries, "because of its core importance to the entire university
and in recognition of UI Librarian Sheila Creth's efforts to further enhance
libraries' offerings," $100,000
- UI School of Religion, "to assist in the establishment of a Chair
of Catholic Studies, and to honor our good friend, Father John Boyle,"
a school of religion faculty member, $100,000
- Hancher Auditorium, "in support of the upcoming Hancher Millennium
Festival, and in honor of the quality, creativity, and vitality that Hancher
Director Wally Chappell has instilled in Hancher programming," $100,000
- Women's Intercollegiate Athletics, "in honor of the impressive
leadership provided to this expanding university program" by Women's
Athletics Director Dr. Christine H. B. Grant, $100,000
- "Seeking Knowledge for Healing," a capital campaign now
under way in the UI College of Medicine, which will help fund the construction
of a new medical education and biomedical research facility and endowments
for the college, "in honor of the following faculty physicians who
have provided care for our family for more than four decades": Drs.
William Blair, Donald Brown, Jody Buckwalter, Reginald Cooper, Rudy Galask,
C.P. Goplerud, Charles Hawtrey, Charles Helms, Susan Johnson, Hans Kolder,
John Moyers, Warren Piette, Siroos Shirazi, William Stanford, James Weinstein,
Duane Whitaker, and the late Dr. Hans Zellweger, $100,000
- Children's Hospital of Iowa at the University of Iowa Hospitals and
Clinics (UIHC), "in honor of Amy O'Deen, UIHC senior assistant director,
who is heading the new Children's Hospital, and who is a longtime colleague,"
- Men's Intercollegiate Athletics football program, "in honor of
the outstanding leadership of Coach Hayden Fry, and in appreciation for
the exhilaration and pride that Hayden has brought to the campus and the
entire state," $100,000
- Men's Intercollegiate Athletics basketball program, "in honor
of the impressive competency and quiet dignity" of Coach Tom Davis,
- Men's Intercollegiate Athletics wrestling program, "in honor
of the world-class coaching and leadership provided by Coach Dan Gable,"
In making the three allocations to the men's athletic department, the
Collotons also paid tribute to the "par excellence leadership provided
by former Athletic Director Bump Elliott and current Director Bob Bowlsby."
- Helen K. Rossi Volunteer Guest House at UIHC, "in honor of our
dear friend Helen Rossi, for whom the new guest house is being named,"
The Collotons also have designated an additional $75,000 contribution
to be directed toward UI programs to be selected by them in the future.
Prior to being named vice president for statewide health services in
1993, John Colloton served as director of University of Iowa Hospitals
and Clinics for 23 years, overseeing its dramatic growth and development
as the nation's largest university-owned teaching hospital and one of the
premier teaching hospitals in the country; earlier this year, UIHC was
ranked among the top 15 hospitals in the nation by U.S. News and World
John Colloton earned his bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Loras
College in 1953 and a master's in Hospital and Health Administration from
the UI in 1957. He joined the University Hospitals as business manager
in 1958 and was named the hospitals' director in 1971. Mary Ann Colloton
also is a UI graduate, earning her bachelor's in nursing in 1957. She served
as a staff nurse at UIHC from 1957 until 1963.
A nationally-known leader in hospital administration and health care
system management and reform, Colloton was one of 15 initial members of
the national Prospective Payment Assessment Commission, appointed by Congress
in 1983 to monitor the impact of the Medicare DRG payment system. In 1988
he served as the chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges,
only the second non-physician to chair that organization in its 112-year
Colloton was inducted into the prestigious Institute of Medicine of
the National Academy of Science in 1987 and was elected to membership on
the board of directors of Baxter International, Inc., a Fortune 500 company,
in 1989. In 1990 the American Hospital Association honored him with its
highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. He was elected a distinguished
service member of the Association of American Medical Colleges in 1991.
He has served on the board of directors of BlueCross and BlueShield of
Iowa and South Dakota since 1974 and currently serves as chairman of that
board. He also serves on numerous other local, state, and national boards
Both John and Mary Ann Colloton participate in a broad range of activities
within the university and Iowa City communities, as well as across Iowa.
In 1992 Mary Ann Colloton was honored by the UIHC Volunteer Program for
performing 1,000 hours of volunteer service for the Iowa City Ronald MacDonald
House and other UIHC programs. In 1993 she received a Governor's Volunteer
Recognition Award for Outstanding Program or Special Project for her work
in the Touching Hearts Bereavement Program at UIHC. She has been a USS
Women's Swimming Official and a volunteer organizer of high school and
USS swimming meets throughout Iowa and the region. The Collotons are members
of The Presidents Club, the University's highest honor club for contributors,
as well as members of the UI Alumni Association. They have three children,
Steven, Laura, and Ann, who are all young adults.
The UI 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 capital funds, scholarships, and other forms of
support for the UI.