Donors & Recipients

Lewena "Tye" Noorda

We learned with great sadness that Lewena “Tye” Noorda, a true friend and benefactor of the School of Dentistry, died on April 5, 2014. On behalf of all of us at University of Utah, Health Sciences and the School of Dentistry, I offer our deepest condolences to her four sons and their families at the loss of this generous and remarkable woman. More...

SkaggsL.S. "Sam" Skaggs—Business Leader, Philanthropist

L.S. “Sam” Skaggs was a truly remarkable and generous man – and one of the Health Sciences greatest benefactors and friends. On behalf of all of us at the Health Sciences, I offer our deepest condolences to his wife, Aline, their children,  Susie Balukoff, Claudia Skaggs Luttrell, Mark Skaggs, Don Skaggs and all their family members and friends. More...

Cleone EcclesCleone Peterson Eccles

There are few people in the world who touch so many lives, with the generosity, grace, and dedication of Cleone Peterson Eccles, whose passing on April 5 we mourn with great sadness. As President Pershing so eloquently wrote...More...

TonyBallard Scholar Remembers Mentor and Friend

Earlier this month medical student Tony Trinh shared his memories of Robert H. Ballard at the University of Utah's annual scholarship lunch. Tony is the recipient of the Robert H. Ballard and Dorothy Cannon Ballard Endowed Scholarship. Below is the transcript of his heartfelt speech… More…

Joanne GraybillJoanne Graybill—the Kidney with a Heart of Gold

Some of us find angels in the strangest places, for Joanne Graybill, her angel happened to be her ex son-in-law and father to one of her granddaughters. 

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Inga WeilInga F. Weil, MD

Living in pre-war Germany presented even the most ordinary citizen with numerous trials and tribulations, but Inga Frenkel was anything but ordinary. Born on December 24, 1914, to Richard and Erna Frenkel, Inga already had the odds for success, and survival, stacked against her. She was a woman, a German, and a Jew. More…

Maggie HickenMaggie Hicken

Every year the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine Chairman, Dr. Michael Magill, accompanied by department faculty and staff members, holiday carol to Mrs. Margarete (Maggie) Hicken, of the Dr. Nymphus Frederick Hicken, Alta Thomas Hicken, and Margarete Stahl Wilken Hicken Endowed Chair in Family and Preventive Medicine. This year, once again, was another delightful event for all. More…

TakedaTakeda Pharmaceuticals

The University of Utah and Takeda Pharmaceuticals have partnered to create an endowed chair in honor of Dr. James Freston to help advance future scientific research and development. The working relationship between Dr. James Freston and Takeda Pharmaceuticals dates back to the late 1990s when Dr. Freston was Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Connecticut Health Center. More…

Tim and Candace DeeTim & Candace Dee

Salt Lake City-born Candace Cartwright and Ogden native Thomas “Tim” D. Dee III may have grown up merely 40 miles apart, but it would take both moving to Portland, Oregon for the Utahns to meet. At Lewis & Clark College, Candace, the daughter of George E. Cartwright, M.D., who chaired the Department of Medicine at the University of Utah for more than two decades and initiated its genetics program, met Tim, the great grandson of Annie Taylor Dee, who established Ogden’s first non-profit hospital in 1910. More…

Rick LawsonThe Fredrick Q. Lawson Student Education Center, College of Nursing

Frederick Quinney Lawson (Rick) has long believed that education—both in and out of the classroom—is vital to the pursuit of one’s dreams. As a student at Saint Mark’s School for Boys in Salt Lake City, Lawson knew he would one day become ordained. Marching on Washington D. C. during the Civil Rights movement would give him perspective on adversity and graduating with Honors from Leicester University in England brought Lawson that much closer to his goal. More…

Eunice KronstadtHospital Volunteer Keeps on Giving to Help Utah Medical Students

Eunice Kronstadt was a volunteer patient advocate at the University of Utah Hospital for 17 years, starting when she was 72 years old. She retired in 2009 after providing 7,075 hours of service, and she says it was "one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.” More…

Autism EventLocal Concert Promoter Organizes Benefit Concert for Autism

Hearing the diagnosis of autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be devastating news for a parent that comes with profound, lasting implications for their child and entire family. The statistics are staggering: an estimated 6,339 children in Utah have been diagnosed with autism. More…

Lawrence and JanetLawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation

The invention of the rail brought opportunity to America, and to the life of Ogden, Utah native Lawrence (Laurie) Taylor Dee, it also brought a sweetheart. In 1914 while returning to Utah on a train from the east coast where he had completed a bachelor of arts at Cornell University, the 23-year-old met Colorado native Janet Sears Teller. One year later they married, making Ogden their home. More…

H.A. BenningH. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowment

The H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowment was established through a generous gift of $22.5 million to the University of Utah through the estate of Arthur E. Benning. The gift is in honor of Mr. Benning’s parents H. A. and Edna Benning. The endowment allows the university’s medical school to recruit and retain top researchers and clinicians in a variety of fields. More…