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Webster City family's gift creates professorship at UI College of
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Sahai family of Webster City has contributed
$550,000 to the University of Iowa Foundation to endow a professorship
in the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Several Sahai family members
are physicians and provide medical services at their clinic in Webster
Through the Sahai family's Foundation for Educational Excellence in
Webster City, the professorship was established by contributions from Subhash
C. Sahai, a 1973 graduate of the UI College of Medicine, and his wife,
Dr. Sushma Sahai; his brother Dr. Anil K. Sahai and his wife, Nutan Sahai,
and their parents, Dr. Prem Sahai and his wife Urmila Sahai; and other
family members--all of Webster City. The Sahai gift will provide an annual
stipend for the professor who has responsibility for the core medical curriculum
related to primary care education in the community setting, involving the
specialties of family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics.
"The generosity of the Sahai family leads the way in establishing
endowed professorships for faculty who are supervising each of the principle
areas of the new medical school curriculum," said College of Medicine
Dean Robert P. Kelch. "This fund will help us recognize a talented
teacher and a caring clinician as the first Sahai Family Professor."
The Sahai family's generosity was recognized by Dean Kelch at a ceremony
at the college on Tuesday, May 26, 1998. A faculty member will be named
to the professorship later this summer.
Kelch explained that this rotating professorship is one of the early
leadership gifts to "Seeking Knowledge for Healing," the College
of Medicine's $25 million facilities and endowment campaign, which will
be publicly launched in September when ground is broken for the new Medical
Education and Biomedical Research Facility.
Speaking on behalf of his family, Subhash Sahai said, "Our family
has many ties to the University of Iowa. By supporting this professorship,
we believe we can contribute to the continued quality of medical care.
The UI College of Medicine has a national reputation yet does so much
for health care in the state of Iowa." Subhash Sahai said that as
a UI College of Medicine graduate, he was proud to be among the first to
provide leadership support for "a campaign that will put Iowa among
the nation's top tier of medical education and research institutions."
Four of the Sahai children (grandchildren of Prem and Urmila Sahai)
are current or former students at the University of Iowa. In addition,
the Sahai family has generously supported the UI Colleges of Medicine and
Engineering for many years.
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 resources for professorships,
facilities improvements, scholarships, equipment, technology, and other
forms of support for the UI.