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University of Iowa Foundation News Release

May 3, 2005

UI Professors' Gift Creates Endowments At The University Of Iowa

Two faculty members in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine have made a gift to benefit key areas of the university. Ramon Lim, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology, and Victoria S. Lim, M.D., professor of internal medicine, have contributed $100,000 through the UI Foundation.

One half of the Lim gift will establish an endowed lectureship in the UI Carver College of Medicine, to be rotated in alternate years between topics relating to neuroscience and internal medicine. The other $50,000 will create an endowment to support Chinese writers participating in the UI's International Writing Program (IWP).

Dr. Allyn L. Mark, M.D., senior associate dean of the UI Carver College of Medicine, said, "The Lims are well known in their respective fields of research -- Ramon in the area of brain proteins and brain cell biology, and Victoria in endocrine disorders in kidney patients. Creating this lectureship is an imaginative and extremely generous gift and legacy for their distinguished contributions to neuroscience and internal medicine at Iowa and internationally."

Christopher Merrill, director of IWP, added, "I am so grateful for the Lims' extraordinarily generous gift to the IWP. Their decision to create a Chinese Culture and Civilization Fund will help the program to build on its strong tradition of bringing the best Chinese writers to the University of Iowa."

Through the years, the couple has supported several other areas of the university, including the UI Museum of Art, and radio stations WSUI and KSUI.

Said Victoria Lim, "We hope our contribution will inspire other faculty members to make similar gifts, especially during the current $1 billion campaign, when we can have an especially great impact. Our salaries are modest by the standard of the medical faculty, and we live frugally. But we want to feel a sense of contributing to the community."

Ramon Lim, who is retiring this year after 24 years on the UI faculty, added, "This is a small way to show our gratitude to an academic institution that has nourished the growth and development of our careers over the past two decades. We have never worked in any other place for so long -- and we have enjoyed every minute of it. We plan to remain in Iowa City after we've retired, and we look forward to seeing the impact of our gift first-hand."

The Lim gift is part of the UI's $1 billion comprehensive campaign, which will run through 2005 and is being conducted under the guidance of the UI Foundation. Named "Good. Better. Best. Iowa: The Campaign to Advance Our Great University," the seven-year effort is raising private funds to help launch a variety of initiatives across the university, substantially increase the number of UI scholarships and endowed faculty positions, support new educational and research facilities, build the UI's endowment and fund outreach and service programs to benefit Iowans.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the "Good. Better. Best. Iowa" campaign, visit its web site at

STORY SOURCE: UI Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550

CONTACTS: Media: Tom DePrenger, 319-335-3305,; Writer: Betsy Hickok

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