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University of Iowa Foundation notes recent major gifts to the UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa --The $3.75 million Sahai family gift to "Seeking Knowledge for Healing: A Campaign for the University of Iowa College of Medicine" is one of the largest single outright gifts received by the UI Foundation in recent years.

According to Michael New, president of the UI Foundation, among the major outright gifts received by the foundation during the past 10 years are the following:

--Several gifts totaling nearly $10 million from John and Mary Pappajohn of Des Moines to areas such as the College of Business Administration Building Campaign, the UI's Entrepreneurial Center and the UI Hospitals and Clinics. John Pappajohn, Des Moines businessman and philanthropist, is a 1952 graduate of the UI College of Business Administration.

--$3 million from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, to establish the

Roy J. Carver Molecular Science Research Center, which will occupy the third and fourth floors of the new Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility. In the past 12 years, the Carver Trust has given a total of $23 million to the UI Foundation in support of scholarships, biomedical research, science education, facilities improvements, a summer engineering institute, and technology in the UI Libraries system.

--$3 million from the Gary F. Seamans family of St. Charles, Ill. to the College of Engineering Building Campaign. Gary Seamans is a 1971 graduate of the UI College of Engineering.

--$3 million from the Pomerantz family of Des Moines to the UIHC. Marvin A. Pomerantz, a 1952 graduate of the UI College of Business Administration, and his family have also supported the UI College of Business Administration, Hancher Auditorium, Iowa athletics, and the Levitt Center for University Advancement.

--$2.5 million from Stanley M. Howe of Muscatine, Iowa, in support of an evening UI College of Business Administration M.B.A. program in Muscatine. Stanley Howe, chair emeritus of HON Industries, is a visiting faculty member in the Executive-in-Residence Program at the UI College of Business Administration. He is a 1946 engineering graduate of Iowa State University.

--$2.5 million from UI alumni Richard S. and Jeanne S. Levitt; of Minneapolis to name the new Levitt Center for University Advancement. Over the years, the Levitts have generously supported the UI College of Law, Museum of Art, Old Capitol, UI Libraries, and other projects. Richard Levitt received his bachelor's degree in 1952 and his J.D. degree from the College of Law in 1954. Jeanne Levitt is a 1952 journalism graduate.

--The largest single gift to the UI came in the form of a bequest from F. Wendell Miller of Rockwell City, Iowa, who left more than $14 million to the UI to be used for scholarships and other programs. Miller, who was not a UI graduate, died in 1995.

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