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Release: Immediate

$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 today.

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," Wyrick said.

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 UI family."

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," $125,000

- 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, $100,000

- Men's Intercollegiate Athletics wrestling program, "in honor of the world-class coaching and leadership provided by Coach Dan Gable," $75,000

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," $25,000

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 Report.

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 history.

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 and committees.

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.