CONTACT: STEPHEN T. SANDERS
Vice President, Development Programs
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: Sept. 19, 2000
$1.5 million gift to UI College of Medicine endows chair in hip reconstruction
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A $1.5 million gift from Dr. Lawrence Dorr and Marilyn
Dorr of La Canada-Flintridge, Calif., will fund an endowed chair in specialized
orthopaedics research at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. The gift
was made to the University of Iowa Foundation to create the Lawrence and Marilyn
Dorr Chair in Hip Reconstruction and Research.
"Dr. and Mrs. Dorrs generosity will enable the College of Medicine
to support a top physician/scientist in pioneering new hip reconstruction
techniques," said Joseph A. Buckwalter IV, M.D., professor and head of
orthopaedics at the UI College of Medicine. "As a leading teaching institution,
we will be able to translate the Dorrs gift and the insights it stimulates
into improved health, mobility, and well-being for untold numbers of patients
The $1.5 million gift will be invested through the UI Foundation. Earnings
from the endowment will be used to support the activities of the chair recipient
and enhance orthopaedics research at Iowa. Buckwalter said that a prominent
faculty member will be named to the Lawrence and Marilyn Dorr Chair in Hip
Reconstruction and Research.
Lawrence Dorr received his M.D. degree from the University of Iowa in 1967
and an M.S. degree in 1965. Son of a Methodist minister, the native Iowan
attended medical school on scholarships. Now senior surgeon at the Bone and
Joint Institute in Los Angeles, Dorr has participated in the design of widely
used orthopaedic implants. He credits much of his success to his University
of Iowa training. "The quality of education I received from the Iowa
medical school allowed me always to be in a good position throughout my medical
career," said Dorr. "I believe I should give something back to Iowa
in recognition for what Iowa did for me."
Marilyn Dorr also attended the University of Iowa and worked as a secretary
at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics while her husband attended
medical school. After the couples children were grown, Mrs. Dorr became
a successful businesswoman, and now owns a retail cosmetics store in Pasadena.
In 1999 she received the Pasadena YWCA's annual community service award.
"With their outstanding support, Dr. and Mrs. Dorr are providing UI
medical students and physicians with the resources to be of healing service
to their patients," commented Stephen T. Sanders, UI Foundation vice
president for development programs. "It speaks volumes for the UI College
of Medicine, and for the caliber and character of physicians it trains, when
an alumnus remembers his alma mater so generously."
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions to
all areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends
to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities improvements,
equipment purchases, research, and other UI initiatives