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Aug. 15, 2008

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Related: Message from UI Foundation President Lynette Marshall.

UI President Mason notes passing of UI alumnus, benefactor Pomerantz

Marvin Pomerantz of Des Moines, prominent University of Iowa alumnus and benefactor, Iowa business leader, and former president of the Iowa Board of Regents, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008 at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 924 Polk Blvd., Des Moines, with burial following.  Lunch will be served at the synagogue following burial. There is no visitation.

The family requests no flowers. Fruit baskets would be appropriate but memorials are preferred and may be directed to Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 924 Polk Boulevard, Des Moines, IA 50312.

The UI will fly the flag atop the Old Capitol at half-staff Sunday in honor of Pomerantz.

“The University of Iowa joins our entire state in mourning the loss of Marvin Pomerantz,” UI President Sally Mason said. “Mr. Pomerantz was a true friend to the UI and to higher education throughout Iowa. His leadership, his insight, his advice, and his generosity have been crucial to our success and our excellence for decades.

“The University of Iowa would truly not be what it is today without Marvin Pomerantz’s dedication to our public universities and his love for our institution,” President Mason added. “As a self-made man, he was an example and inspiration to students, faculty, and staff alike. On behalf of the entire University of Iowa community, I extend our deepest sympathies to Rose Lee and the Pomerantz family as well as to all Iowans who will miss Marvin’s contributions and tireless commitment to our state and its future.”

In honor of his generosity and dedication to the state and the UI, Pomerantz was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree last Dec. 22.

Born Aug. 6, 1930, Pomerantz earned his bachelor's degree in commerce from the UI in 1952. He is a founding member of the Tippie College of Business' Board of Visitors and the business library is named in his honor. He has been a member of the UI Foundation board of directors since 1976, chaired the Iowa Endowment 2000 Campaign, co-chaired the campaign that resulted in the construction of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, and served as a member of the steering committee for the College of Business Building Campaign.

He co-chaired the "Good. Better. Best. Iowa" campaign, where he helped raise more than $1 billion for the university. He and his family have also given generously to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the UI Carver College of Medicine, the College of Public Health, Hancher Auditorium, Museum of Art, University of Iowa Athletic Department, Tippie College of Business and the Pomerantz Career Center. His lead gift of $10 million was instrumental in the development and construction of the Pomerantz Career Center.

Pomerantz served as president of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, from 1987 to 1993 and again for a year in the mid-1990s. He also started three companies in Iowa: the Mid-America Group, the Great Plains Bag Corporation and the Gaylord Container Corporation.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.