CONTACT: WES BUTTERFIELD
Director of Development
UI College of Nursing
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
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
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
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.