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$1 million gift to benefit the UI College of Pharmacy

February 10, 2015

Gift contributes to For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa

Floyd R. and Judith E. Domer, of Asheville, N.C., have established a $1 million bequest for the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy that will enhance an existing scholarship fund and create a new lectureship fund.

This bequest will increase the Floyd R. and Judith E. Domer Scholarship Fund—which the couple established in 2013 for students in the UI College of Pharmacy—and also will create the Floyd R. and Judith E. Domer Lectureship Fund.

“Through our lectureship, we can bring leaders from the various fields of pharmacy to campus to inspire and inform students,” says Floyd Domer. “We also hope that the recipients of our scholarship will be able to start their postgraduate lives with a smaller burden of debt.”

Floyd Domer is a University of Iowa graduate who received his B.S.P. degree in 1954 and his M.S. degree in pharmacology in 1956. He went on to earn a Ph.D. degree in pharmacology from Tulane University in 1959 and is a professor emeritus of the Department of Pharmacology at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Judith Domer received her B.S. in biology and chemistry from Tusculum College in 1961 and her Ph.D. degree in microbiology and immunology from Tulane University in 1966. She served on the faculty in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tulane Medical School until 1997 and then became the dean of graduate studies and research at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.  Floyd Domer retired from Tulane University at that time and was adjunct faculty in the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University.  Both of the Domers retired in 2004.

“The College of Pharmacy family is deeply moved by the generous gift provided by Drs. Floyd and Judith Domer,” says Donald E. Letendre, dean of the UI College of Pharmacy. “Their thoughtful investment will have a profound impact on the lives of our students by easing the substantial burden of their educational costs. Moreover, the Domer Lectureship Fund will serve to intellectually enrich our entire college community. We are so grateful to the Domers for their visionary support.”

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy is the fourth-oldest College of Pharmacy in a state-supported university, with a Doctor of Pharmacy program that is consistently ranked as one of the finest in the nation. Its mission is to enhance human health through excellence in pharmacy education, research, patient care and engaged service.

About the University of Iowa Foundation

The University of Iowa Foundation’s mission is to advance the University of Iowa and fulfill the aspirations of those it serves. The university’s dedicated contributors fund a broad array of needs, from student scholarships, breakthrough research and life-changing health care to innovative facilities, community outreach and global education.

The UI and UI Foundation are conducting a historic comprehensive $1.7 billion fundraising campaign, For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa, which will secure the UI’s status as a world-class institution for future generations.

The University of Iowa Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the University of Iowa. For more information about the foundation and the campaign, visit the foundation website.

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