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University of Iowa Foundation News Release


June 7, 2011

Iowa City couple gives $500,000 to UI College of Public Health building campaign

John Callaghan, M.D., and Kim Callaghan have made a $500,000 contribution to the University of Iowa College of Public Health's "Building Today for a Healthy Tomorrow" campaign. The gift, made through the UI Foundation, supports the college's campaign to build its first permanent home.

The Callaghans' gift was made in memory of John Callaghan's father, Colonel Donald F. Callaghan, who received a doctorate in hospital and health administration from the UI in 1970. Donald Callaghan retired from the U.S. Army in 1975, and went on to direct programs in health administration and public affairs for the University of Houston at Clear Lake City. He also served as Vice Chancellor and Provost from 1981 to 1983.

In recognition of John and Kim Callaghans' contribution, the college will name its primary lecture space in the new building the Donald F. and Regina B. Callaghan Auditorium.

Sue Curry, dean of the College of Public Health, says the Callaghans provided a significant boost to the campaign.

"John and Kim's visionary gift will enable our students to prepare for their careers in a state-of-the-art environment," Curry said. "We are thrilled that they've partnered with us on this exciting project."

John Callaghan is on faculty at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and is an orthopaedic surgeon at UI Hospitals and Clinics, specializing in hip and knee replacements.

The couple are longtime Iowa City residents. John Callaghan completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the UI in 1983, and Kim earned a certificate in radiology in 1978. Over the years the couple have supported a variety of university programs, and have been named Founding Partners of the UI College of Public Health.

The college's ongoing $15 million campaign seeks to raise at least $7 million for the new College of Public Health academic building, as well as provide funds for student and faculty support and other programmatic development.

The 142,000-square-foot facility is being constructed on the UI campus on a site formerly occupied by the UI International Center. The $47.7 million facility, scheduled for completion in spring of 2012, will provide classrooms and student gathering space, as well as office space for faculty and administrative staff.

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 CONTACT: Chris Collins, director of development, College of Public Health; 319-335-3305 or 800-648-6973;; Forrest Meyer, executive director, strategic communications; 319-335-3305 or 800-648-6973;