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Aug. 11, 2010

UI graduate gives $500,000 for dentistry building transformation

The University of Iowa College of Dentistry recently received gift support totaling $500,000 from Donald C. Ostrus, D.D.S., of Los Altos, California. A current commitment of $250,000 and a charitable bequest of $250,000, made through the University of Iowa Foundation, will support the renovation and expansion of the Dental Science Building on the UI campus.

In recognition of the gift from Ostrus and his wife, Betty, the college's prosthodontic clinic will be named the Ostrus Family Prosthodontic Clinic. The named area will be located in the 4th floor southeast clinic wing of the Dental Science Building after it has been renovated.

A retired dentist, Donald Ostrus holds two degrees from the UI: a B.A. degree in liberal arts and dentistry (1948) and a D.D.S. degree (1950).

Ostrus said he is pleased to support the college. "I am so grateful to the University of Iowa for what it has provided me and my family," Ostrus said. "I'm happy to repay the University with a gift that is meaningful to the College of Dentistry."

Galen B. Schneider, D.D.S., Ph.D., head of the Department of Prosthodontics, thanked the Ostrus family for its continued support of both the College of Dentistry and the Department of Prosthodontics. "This generous gift will allow us to continue our departmental mission of providing excellence in patient care, teaching and research for many future generations of dental students, residents and faculty," Schneider said.

David C. Johnsen, D.D.S., the dean of the college, echoed that sentiment. "We are extremely grateful for Don and his family's lifelong dedication to the college, and especially for this generous gift, which will help ensure that the college's new physical home will be state of the art," Johnsen said.

The Dental Science Building renovations will transform the 35-year-old facility by adding space and updating and expanding clinical areas, increasing classroom and student space and upgrading dental research facilities. Costs for the multi-year renovation project currently are estimated at $60 million, with at least $10 million of that to come from private support. The college's general and specialty dental-care clinics receive about 125,000 patient visits each year.

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 website at

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Bill Windauer, director of development, College of Dentistry; 319-335-3305 or 800-648-6973;; Forrest Meyer, executive director, strategic communications; 319-335-3305 or 800-648-6973;

PHOTOS: A high-resolution image of Donald and Betty Ostrus is available at

A web-quality image also is available at