Beisner Scholar Award
Donald H. Beisner, M.D., F.A.C.S., was a 1964 graduate of the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. He attended Iowa State University majoring in chemical engineering, prior to transferring to the UI. After interning at Los Angeles County General Hospital, he served one year in the Viet Nam conflict and one year at the Long Beach Naval Hospital. He returned to Iowa to complete both his masters and residency degrees in ophthalmology in 1970.
Dr. Beisner and his wife, Judith Ann (Iowa 1961), made long-term plans to support student scholarships at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and activated this support with cash funding in August of 1999. This fund provides one award annually to a deserving medical student in each grade level. The endowment portion of the fund is expected to increase the number of annual scholarships in the future.
Dr. Beisner received a “books and tuition” scholarship from the Fleet’s Company his sophomore year. He felt that it was time to pay back his alma mater, and was grateful for the fabulous education he received at a “Wal-Mart price.” “My medical education prepared me so well for my internship at Los Angeles County. It opened the doors so wide that I was offered six residencies in ophthalmology at prestigious institutions, which at that time were very difficult to obtain.” He wanted to extend this opportunity to other deserving medical students at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.
Dr. and Mrs. Beisner resided in Springfield, Missouri, where he retired from the practice of ophthalmology so that he could devote more time to his hobbies. They included metal and wood working, restoring classic sports cars, and his life long desire to fly. Dr. Beisner died in June 2010.
Congratulations on receiving the Beisner Scholar Award