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Release: March 30, 1999

Retired school nurse makes gift to promote community health through UI College of Nursing

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A retired school nurse still is improving children's health through a generous gift to benefit community-health research at the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

Harriett Tripp made the largest individual gift to the UI College of Nursing in 1998 by funding a charitable gift annuity of $100,000 to the UI Foundation. Her gift eventually will go to create the Charles and Harriett Tripp Nursing Science Fund.

This fund will support lectures, visiting scholars and other research projects that promote the areas of school nursing and community health. These resources will benefit the nurse scientists who explore community-based approaches to improving health.

"Although I received my degree from Iowa Methodist in Des Moines, I still feel very connected to the University of Iowa," says Tripp. "My late husband, Charles, graduated from the UI College of Pharmacy in 1949, and my son and daughter are Iowa graduates as well."

Tripp's daughter, professor Toni Tripp-Reimer is a nurse anthropologist and associate dean for research in the UI College of Nursing. She specializes in gerontology and intercultural health issues.

Ranked 11th out of 600 programs nationwide, the UI College of Nursing excels in gerontology and other fundamental fields such as nursing administration, family and mental health, genetics and women's health.

The college, which just marked its centennial anniversary in 1998, is an integral part of the University of Iowa Health Sciences Center, one of the nation's leading centers for health education, research and patient care.

The Tripp fund will support community-health education at the UI far into the future. "I want to help foster research at the UI College of Nursing and aid it in maintaining its high national ranking," Tripp says. "Iowans should be proud of the college's national prominence; we should all work to help maintain a tradition of excellence that will create healthier Iowa communities."

Tripp, who worked as a school nurse in both Perry and Fairfield, now lives in North Liberty. She still volunteers part time at the UI Colleges of Medicine and Dentistry.

The UI Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private contributions to all areas of the University of Iowa. Foundation staff members work with alumni and friends to provide support for a broad range of projects and programs at the University of Iowa.