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April 7, 2010

UI graduate gives $250,000 for UI College of Public Health

gleichThe University of Iowa College of Public Health and its female scholars received a boost with recent gift support totaling $250,000 from Carol Gleich of Moline, Ill.

An outright gift of $50,000, made through the UI Foundation, supports the construction of the college's new building, now under way in Iowa City. An additional $200,000 bequest will establish an endowed travel and training fund for female students and faculty in the college--the first fund of its kind in the college's history.

Susan J. Curry, Ph.D., the dean of the college, said that the gifts help usher in an exciting new chapter for the college. Thanks to support from private donors, in partnership with the university, the State of Iowa and federal funding, the college will have a building of its own for the first time.

"We are extremely grateful for Carol's gifts," said Curry. "Her generosity not only will help ensure that the college's new physical home will be state-of-the-art; it will also provide for the ongoing advancement of women in the field of public health."

Carol Gleich, a retired director with the U.S. Public Health Service's medical division, holds four degrees from the UI, from before the College of Public Health was established: B.A. degrees in medical technology and general science (1958), and an M.A. degree (1967) and Ph.D. degree (1972) in science education. She was an assistant professor of pathology in what is now the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine from 1967 to 1977, and served as director of the college's Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program during that time.

"I was practically the only woman teaching in the medical school then," said Gleich. "Women make up half of the workforce now, but continue to be underrepresented in the sciences. The only way we can ensure plenty of well-educated personnel in the field going forward is to make sure that female students have access to ample opportunities for advancement. That begins with education."

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 foundation, visit its web site at

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Scott Ford, Director of Development, College of Public Health, 319-335-3305 or 800-648-6973, or Forrest Meyer, Executive Director, Strategic Communications, 319-335-3305 or 800-648-6973,


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