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DAVID OLIVER FCM FACULTY AWARD
FOUNDING FACULTY ENDOWED FUNDS
GLOBAL HEALTH TRAINING FUND
FUTURE OF FAMILY MEDICINE PROFESSOR
JACK AND WINIFRED COLWILL ENDOWED CHAIR
| WILLIAM C. ALLEN PROFESSOR
| PAUL REVARE, MD, FAMILY PROFESSOR
OF FAMILY MEDICINE
| OPAL LEWIS DISTINGUISHED
DAVID B. OLIVER FAMILY AND COMMUNITY MEDICINE FACULTY AWARD
David B. Oliver PhD
David B. Oliver, PhD
, retired Clinical Professor of Family and Community
Medicine and Deputy Director of the Interdisciplinary Center on Aging, passed away
on March 14, after living with a cancer diagnosis made in 2011.
Since joining the University of Missouri in 1996, Dr. Oliver served many roles in
our health care system, including professor in HMI, director for care quality, nursing
home administrator, and leader of various initiatives to improve care for older
people. His last career was a teacher of the living and dying process, which he
began in September 2011 after being diagnosed with Stage 4 nasopharyngeal cancer.
David and his wife, MU Family and Community Medicine Professor Debra Parker-Oliver
PhD, a nationally recognized researcher in hospice and palliative, produced dozens
of videos, wrote a book, and gave numerous local and national presentations designed
to turn their experiences with David’s cancer into teachable moments. For more than
three years, medical students; physicians and other providers; and patients, families
and caregivers from across the world learned and were inspired by David Oliver’s
The David B. Oliver Family and Community Medicine Faculty Award
was established in 2013, with donations from David’s wife, Debra Parker Oliver,
and children: Michael Scott Oliver, Mark Bradley Oliver, Jessica Leigh Tappana,
Rebecca Marie Schoenlaub, and Christina Kimberly Schoenlaub. To be chosen for this
annual award, the recipient must be an MU Family Medicine faculty member who has
demonstrated excellence in geriatrics or palliative medicine in one or more of the
following areas: practice, education, and/or research.
Kevin Craig, MD, MSPH, assistant professor and geriatrician our department,
received the first David Oliver Family Faculty Award. Paul Tatum, MD, MSPH, associate
professor who is also a geriatrician in our department, received the second annual
David Oliver Award in March 2015, days before David’s death. David and Debbie Oliver
were able to attend this special event via skype.
FOUNDING FACULTY ENDOWED FUNDS
We are proud to announce that this past winter, we established three permanently
endowed funds to honor the incredible work and leadership of three founding faculty
members of MU Family and Community Medicine:
TWO ENDOWMENTS WILL PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR RESIDENCY EDUCATION
• A. SHERWOOD BAKER, MD, RESIDENT EDUCATION
• ROGER W. HOFMEISTER, MD, RESIDENT EDUCATION
Sherwood Baker and Roger Hofmeister were skilled, well-liked, and widely respected
physicians who understood the principles of family medicine and espoused the values
of compassion, integrity, humor, and respect. They shaped the lives and careers
of many family medicine residents. We are proud to eternalize their legacies by
creating an endowment in each of their names.
The A. SHERWOOD BAKER, MD, RESIDENT EDUCATION ENDOWMENT and the ROGER W. HOFMEISTER,
MD, RESIDENT EDUCATION ENDOWMENT will be used at the discretion of the residency
director and/or department chair to promote excellence in residency training. Residents
chosen for these awards will demonstrate outstanding commitment to family medicine
education, scholarship, or service, and they will use money from this fund for such
things as travel expenses, books, or research projects.
ONE ENDOWMENT WILL PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION
• ROBERT L. BLAKE JR, MD, ENDOWMENT FOR MEDICAL
Professor Emeritus Robert (Robin) L. Blake Jr, MD, was recruited in 1978 to care
for patients, train residents, and help develop the Robert Wood Johnson Academic
Fellowship. This two-year program, designed to prepare family physicians for careers
in academic medicine, has promoted scholarship and research in the department for
30+ years. Robin was an exemplary physician, teacher, and scholar who touched the
lives of many during his career at MU.
The ROBERT L. BLAKE JR, MD, ENDOWMENT FOR MEDICAL EDUCATION was
created to honor Robin’s dedication in fostering excellence and innovation in family
medicine teaching, research, and clinical care. This endowment will help support
a redesigned academic fellowship and Master of Science (MS) degree curriculum.
ONE ENDOWMENT WILL FUND AN ANNUAL LECTURESHIP AT MU:
• GERALD T. PERKOFF, MD, LECTURESHIP ENDOWMENT
Jerry Perkoff was an exceptional teacher and dedicated mentor whose passion for
research and critical thinking nurtured the careers of our early fellowship graduates.
He had many successes at MU, but more than anything else, as father of our fellowship
program, Jerry was responsible for developing the academic side of our department.
We are proud to eternalize his legacy by creating an endowment in his name.
This GERALD T. PERKOFF, MD, LECTURESHIP ENDOWMENT will fund an annual lectureship
at MU. Guest lecturers, chosen by the department chair with advice from a committee
of faculty members, will represent Jerry’s values of innovation, scholarship, ethical
decision making, and creativity.
To make a donation to any of these founding faculty endowed funds.
GLOBAL HEALTH TRAINING FUND
We established a fund to support global health training for Family Medicine Residents.
Its purpose is to equip residents with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and attitudes
needed to deliver health care to diverse populations – locally and globally.
To make a donation to our Global Health Training Fund.
FUTURE OF FAMILY MEDICINE PROFESSOR
We at MU Family and Community Medicine are committed to building a better future
for our specialty. This is a challenging commitment that requires us to develop
innovative ways to teach students, provide care that is comprehensive, consistent,
and patient-centered to individuals and families, and gain knowledge and understanding
from practice-based research.
Our department is fortunate to have a group of passionate faculty and staff members
who are not afraid to think outside the box as they plan for the future of our specialty.
They are a spirited group who have the courage to dream, and the determination to
make their dreams come true. That’s why we at MU Family Medicine feel confident
and uniquely qualified to help shape the future of our specialty.
In the spring of 2006, we created the Future of Family Medicine (FFM) Endowment
to sustain our efforts to renew and transform the discipline of family medicine.
Our goal was to establish permanent funding for the time, energy, and planning needed
to develop a new and improved model of care. When this endowment reached $550,000
in 2010, Michael LeFevre, MD, MSPH
, vice chair
of our department, was named the Future of Family Medicine Professor.
To make a donation to the Future of Family Medicine Professor.
JACK M. AND WINIFRED S. COLWILL ENDOWED CHAIR
JACK COLWILL, MD
The Jack M. Colwill Academic Endowment was created in May
2000 to promote excellence in education. We named it to honor Dr. Colwill, who was
appointed chair of MU Family and Community Medicine in 1976. Dr. Colwill led our
department for 21 years, and today, thanks in large part to his vision, dedicated
leadership, and commitment to educational innovation, we are recognized as one of
the premier family medicine departments in the country.
Even though he stepped down as chair in 1997, Dr. Colwill’s ongoing presence and
contributions continue to have a positive impact on our department. In fact, it’s
Dr. Colwill who pledged the first and largest gift to the Colwill Endowment. His
incredible generosity generated much enthusiasm throughout this fundraising campaign.
In fact, by 2005, donations to the fund totaled more than $1.1 million, enough to
establish the first endowed chair for MU Family and Community Medicine.
Harold A. Williamson, MD, MSPH
, MU Vice
Chancellor for Health Sciences and former department chair, serves as the Jack and
Winifred Colwill Endowed Chair.
To make a donation to the Jack and Winifred Colwill Endowed Chair.
WILLIAM C. ALLEN PROFESSOR
WILLIAM ALLEN, MD
William Allen, MD, joined our faculty in 1965 and for years,
he directed the rural preceptorship, which provides medical students opportunities
to learn and work with family physicians in small towns across the state.
During his 25 years at the University, Dr. Allen witnessed state support steadily
decrease. Recognizing that this support was vital to our department and would need
to be replaced, Dr. Allen initiated a fundraising campaign in 1990. His goal was
to establish the Family Practice Professorship, an endowed fund that would provide
permanent support for our efforts to train future family physicians. To achieve
his goal, he began writing letters twice a year to the many alumni, physicians,
and friends he knew during his career. When donations reached professorship level
in 1998, the department chose to name this endowment the William C. Allen Professorship
in recognition of Dr. Allen’s many contributions and steadfast commitment to Family
Medicine. Robin Blake, MD, served as the first Allen Professor until he retired
Even though Dr. Allen passed away in December 2005, the Allen Professorship has
continued to grow. When the William C. Allen Endowment reached $1.1 million in the
spring of 2010, two distinguished faculty members were named William C. Allen Professors:
Elizabeth Garrett, MD, MSPH
David Mehr, MD, MS
To make a donation to the William C. Allen Professor.
PAUL REVARE, MD, FAMILY PROFESSOR OF FAMILY MEDICINE
PAUL REVARE, MD
Dr. Revare graduated from MU’s School of Medicine in 1952,
when it was a two-year program, and then went to St. Louis University to finish
his training. He practiced family medicine nearly 20 years in north Kansas City.
He also practiced emergency medicine 10 years before retiring in 1983. During the
1970s, he was among the first 10 physicians in the Kansas City area to become a
charter Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice.
Before he retired, Dr. Revare devoted a lot of energy to learning how to invest
his money wisely. His efforts obviously paid off because he was able to retire at
the age of 55. Eager to share his investment knowledge and advice, he prepared an
Investment Seminar that he presented annually to MU Family Medicine faculty and
residents from 2004-2007.
Grateful to MU for the positive ways it impacted his life and career, Dr. Revare
made a $550,000 donation to the University in 2005. This very generous gift was
used to establish the Paul Revare Family Professorship, an endowed fund designated
to support the educational mission of our department. Dr. Zweig, our chair, was
named the first Paul Revare, MD, Family Professor of Family Medicine. Dr. Revare,
82, passed away in his Kansas City, MO home in August 2011.
Steven Zweig, MD, MSPH
, chair and MU’s Interdisciplinary
Center on Aging director, continues to serve as the Paul Revare Professor.
OPAL LEWIS DISTINGUISHED FACULTY SCHOLAR
Opal Lewis (1901-1996) was born in Matfield Green, KS, and married Donloe E. Lewis
in 1921. Opal and Don had one son, Donloe B. Lewis, whose family was struck by tragedy.
His oldest daughter died of leukemia at age 4. Four years later, his wife and two
remaining daughters were killed in a car accident. In the years after this accident,
Don B. developed an alcohol addiction. He committed suicide in 1966.
Ms. Lewis died at age 95 while living in a nursing home in Winfield, KS. Her estate
left funds to MU School of Medicine for research in alcohol abuse. Opal wanted to
help others who suffered from physical conditions similar to those experienced by
Daniel Vinson, MD, MSPH
, has been named the
Opal Lewis Distinguished Faculty Scholar.