Two Chairs and a Professorship were formally bestowed on their inaugural appointees last week. Two of the three were endowed by the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE), its nation of members each giving what they can to the larger goal of supporting the Diabetes Research Center (DRC).
(It should be noted that the other Chair recognized that day—the Richard D. Williams Chair in Urology—is a similarly remarkable story; more than 600 individual donations all given in honor of the late Professor of Urology. Congratulations to Dr. Michael O’Donnell on his appointment to this position.)
The formal ceremony in which the newly endowed Chairs and Professorships were recognized was hosted by the University of Iowa Center for Advancement Lynette Marshall, the Center’s Vice President and CEO. We will share the Center’s video and photography when it becomes available.
After the ceremony, the FOE hosted a small reception on the fourth floor of the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building, where much of the work of the DRC takes place. Friends, family, and colleagues were invited to celebrate the generosity of the FOE and the achievements of Drs. Yumi Imai and Christopher Adams, the FOE Professor and Chair, respectively, in Diabetes Research. Congratulations to them and a sincere thank you to the many members of the FOE for their ongoing commitment to diabetes research.