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University of Iowa Foundation News Release


Oct. 24, 2008

Cedar Rapids couple commits support for UI glaucoma research

Marlene S. and Leonard A. "Len" Hadley of Cedar Rapids have made a commitment to give $750,000 to the University of Iowa Foundation to support glaucoma research in the UI Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

The endowed gift establishes the Marlene S. and Leonard A. Hadley Glaucoma Research Fund, which will support ongoing research led by Young H. Kwon, M.D., Ph.D. Kwon is the Clifford M. and Ruth M. Altermatt Professor of Glaucoma at the UI.

Kwon said the gift will provide invaluable resources for UI efforts to discover the cause and cure for glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States.

"We are very grateful for the generous and thoughtful gift from the Hadleys," Kwon said. "Their support will be used to improve the diagnosis and monitoring of glaucoma, and to promote genetic testing of glaucoma patients and the discovery of the disease's genetic causes. As a result, many UI investigators, as well as the medical field at large, will benefit from the Hadley Fund."

Marlene Hadley said the gift is an expression of her appreciation for the care she has received at the UI.

"Len and I are very pleased to make this gift supporting glaucoma research at the University of Iowa," Hadley said. "As a glaucoma patient myself, I have received outstanding care and service there, and we understand well why the UI ophthalmology program is regarded as among the best in the nation."

Marlene Hadley worked for Maytag Corporation in Newton, Iowa, as a secretary for more than 38 years. Len Hadley retired as chairman and chief executive officer of Maytag Corporation in June 2001 after 49 years at the company, where he started as an accountant. He is a member of the UI Foundation Board of Directors. The Hadleys are longtime contributors to numerous UI areas and are members of the Presidents Club, which recognizes the UI's most generous benefactors.

In addition to Kwon, other noted glaucoma researchers in the UI Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences include Michael Abramoff, M.D., Ph.D.; Wallace L.M. Alward, M.D.; Michael Anderson, Ph.D.; John H. Fingert, M.D., Ph.D.; Emily C. Greenlee, M.D.; Chris A. Johnson, Ph.D.; and Markus H. Kuehn, Ph.D.

Glaucoma is a family of diseases that causes optic nerve cupping and damage, and is usually, but not always, associated with elevated eye pressure.

The UI Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the magazine's 2008 "Best Hospitals" rankings. For more information about the department visit

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 UI Foundation visit

PHOTOS: A high-resolution image of Marlene S. and Leonard "Len" A. Hadley is available at  A web-quality image also is available at

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Susan Shullaw, 319-335-3305 or 800-648-6973,; Writer: Nic Arp