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Release: Oct. 11, 2001

Whitebook gift provides cardiac defibrillators on University of Iowa campus

IOWA CITY, Iowa—Through generous gifts in memory of University of Iowa alumnus Maynard "Moe" Whitebook, the family and friends of this 1950 economics graduate have made possible the purchase of two cardiac defibrillators for his alma mater. The life-saving medical equipment, located in the UI's Hancher Auditorium and John Pappajohn Business Building, will provide a valuable public service on campus.

"We felt these defibrillators would be a wonderful way to remember my husband and to help save lives," said Janet Whitebook, a 1952 UI graduate in speech pathology and audiology.

The family plans to continue placing defibrillators in appropriate campus settings through the Moe Whitebook Memorial Fund at the University of Iowa Foundation.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), sudden cardiac arrest affects about 1,000 Americans each day. The AHA cites early cardiopulmonary resuscitation and rapid defibrillation as the two major contributors to survival among adult cardiac-arrest victims. Defibrillation is a process in which an electronic device, called an "automated external defibrillator," administers an electric shock to reestablish normal contraction rhythms in a heart that's not beating properly.

Moe was a native of Iowa City, which is where he and his wife, Janet, raised their four children. After serving in the Navy during World War II and graduating from the UI, Moe found success in his clothing store, Moe Whitebook's, and also in his real estate career.

The couple eventually moved to Marco Island, Fla., where Janet Whitebook still resides. Moe Whitebook was a broker and salesman for Coldwell Banker, McFadden & Sprowls on Marco Island. He also served on the Marco Island Board of Realtors and sat on the board of trustees for the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island.

Until his death in 1999, Moe Whitebook was a member of the Presidents Club of the University of Iowa, and he is now a member in memoriam. Janet Whitebook also is a member of this high-level honor club, which recognizes the UI's most generous contributors.

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. To learn more about the UI Foundation, visit its web site at