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Release: Feb. 4, 2002

Leader in radiology and UI graduate endows medical scholarship

A pioneering radiologist once nominated for the Nobel Prize in medicine has endowed a scholarship to benefit medical students at the University of Iowa, his alma mater. Dr. Gwilym Lodwick of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., created the scholarship that bears his name and honors his late wife, Maria Antonia "Toni" Lodwick.

The Dr. Gwilym Lodwick and Maria Antonia Lodwick Medical Scholarship was established through a $60,000 gift to the UI Foundation. The first scholarship was awarded near the end of the fall 2001 semester.

Dr. Robert P. Kelch, UI vice president for statewide health services, said the Lodwick Medical Scholarship provides much-needed tuition support for promising students and will help the college maintain and enhance its excellent reputation.

"Friends like Gwilym Lodwick are crucial to our efforts to make the College of Medicine one of the top schools in the nation," Kelch said. "His legacy to Toni will have a lasting impact on the university and the college by ensuring students have access to the best medical education possible."

Lodwick received his liberal arts degree in 1939, a medical degree in 1943 and completed his residency training in radiology in 1950, all at the UI. Lodwick credits much of his success to his University of Iowa training and his supportive wife.

"The quality of education I received from the University of Iowa College of Medicine provided me with the foundation for a long and rewarding medical career," said Lodwick, the son of a coalmining engineer and native of Mystic, Iowa. "I wanted to honor Toni's memory and to recognize what the University of Iowa did for me with a gift to support the next generation of physicians. I am pleased my gift will provide an opportunity for deserving students to study medicine at the UI."

Now retired, Lodwick continues to serve the medical community as honorary radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and as professor emeritus at the University of Missouri, where he worked nearly three decades.

Lodwick's revolutionary research in medicine began in 1964, when his work with computers led to the development of an innovative program for bone tumor diagnosis. One of his important contributions to the field of radiology was the terminology he created to characterize bone lesions.

He has received numerous honors and awards and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1975 for his research in imaging modeling and computer diagnosis of bone tumors. The UI department of radiology named Lodwick a UI Most Distinguished Alumnus for his contributions to medicine.

His medical career began at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City, following his military service in World War II. He later served at the University of Missouri School of Medicine as chairman of the department of radiology, dean of the school and acting director of the hospital. He held many academic appointments, and also served as the medical director of Missouri's Allied Health School and director of the Bone Diagnostic Center and Bone Tumor Registry for the state of Missouri. He has written numerous articles and two medical textbooks on the subject of radiology.

Maria Antonia Lodwick was the daughter of a distinguished Portuguese family living in Lisbon. She was educated in private schools in Lisbon and in Paris, France, and learned to speak several languages. She and Gwilym were introduced to each other in London, and were married in 1970. After more than 30 years of happy married life, Maria's abdominal discomfort led to the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, and ultimately to her death.

The Lodwicks supported numerous UI programs. Gwilym Lodwick is a member of the Presidents Club of the University of Iowa, the university's honor club recognizing its most generous contributors, and the UI Alumni Association.

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