Bibliophile, fall 2013
Bibliophile is published in print and online semi-annually by the University of Kansas Libraries for alumni, friends and benefactors. Printing is paid for with private contributions.
Fall 2013 A University of Kansas Libraries publication for alumni, friends and benefactors Late KUMC dean and her husband leave $10 million estate gift for libraries and scholarships A $10 million estate gift from Stata Norton Ringle and David Ringle will provide support for libraries on KU’s Lawrence campus and at the KU Medical Center, and create scholarships for students in the medical center’s School of Health Professions. The gift will be divided equally for three purposes: the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, the Clendening History of Medicine Library and student scholarships in the School of Health Professions. The library gifts will support acquisition of books and manuscripts, and maintenance of existing (CONTINUED INSIDE) collections. MAJOR GIFTS David and Stata Norton Ringle. Photo by Lisa Scheller. Celebrating Robert Vosper KU Libraries hosted a summer exhibition commemorating the centennial of the birth of former director Robert Vosper. “Robert Gordon Vosper: A Force for Libraries” opened in July at the Library Gallery in Watson Library and featured photographs, publications and correspondence from Vosper’s career. Members of the Vosper family traveled from across the country to attend and speak at the celebration. During his career at KU (1952-1961), Vosper led an era of incredible growth for the Libraries and contributed heavily to the field of librarianship. Vosper established the department of Special Collections and worked to acquire two of the Libraries’ greatest assets: the O’Hegarty Collection of Irish literature and the Ellis Collection of zoological illustrations and publications. In addition to his efforts in building library collections, Vosper set a standard of dedication to access and scholastic liberty that has continued to resonate at KU Libraries. Members of the Vosper family at the July exhibition opening. Photo by Luke Englert. You can help us honor the legacy of Robert Vosper and carry forward his charge by making a gift at kuendowment.org/ givetoKUL . v IN THIS ISSUE: • A note from Debbie McCord, our partner at KU Endowment • David Beaham Reading Room opens at the Learning Studio • James Naismith: Coming to a city near you Late KUMC dean and her husband leave estate gift (CONTINUED FROM FRONT) research and learning on campus and around the world. We couldn’t be more grateful for the Ringles’ support of the Libraries at KU.” Stata co-wrote a book titled “Herbal Supplements and the Brain: Understanding Their Health Benefits and Hazards,” which was published shortly before her death. Her co-author was S.J. Enna, KUMC associate dean for research and graduate education. Enna also is a professor of pharmacology and physiology and former chair of the Department of Pharmacology. He and the Ringles were friends for more than 20 years. Enna described them as a delightful couple who enjoyed spending weekends with their dogs at a modest second home they owned in the country. The couple had no children, and Stata was devoted to her career. Stata translated and led efforts to digitize the Libraries’ 1562 “Jesuatti Book of Remedies,” a 400-page manuscript at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library. “Stata Norton Ringle was a pioneer in her field and a role model for generations of students at the medical center,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “She and David were devoted to each other and to their scientific endeavors. Through this generous gift, they have left an enduring legacy that will benefit KU students and help the university educate the health professionals Kansas communities need.” Stata Norton Ringle served in various capacities at the medical center from 1962 until 1990. She was emerita professor of pharmacology, toxicology and therapeutics; professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition; and dean of the School of Allied Health (now the School of Health Professions). She wrote more than 150 research articles and was internationally recognized for her work on the effects of drugs and toxins on animal behavior. David Ringle was a research physiologist at the Midwest Research Institute until his retirement. He was awarded the prestigious New York University Founders Day Award. Former residents of Leawood, Kan., the Ringles were married for more than 62 years and died within three months of each other in 2012. Dean of KU Libraries Lorraine Haricombe commented on the campus-wide impact of the gift. “The Ringles’ generosity will enable us to further contribute to student success through classroom instruction, one-on-one research assistance and facilities that co-locate the resources students need to excel academically,” Haricombe said. “And by augmenting our efforts to provide increased access to the Libraries’ collections and expertise, their gift will ultimately help to enhance teaching, Bibliophile is published in print and online semi-annually by the University of Kansas Libraries for alumni, friends and benefactors. Printing is paid for with private contributions. “KU obviously meant a lot to Stata, and if it meant a lot to Stata, it meant a lot to David,” said Enna. Enna described Stata as energetic. “Up to the end, she was very interested in life and staying active, especially intellectually active. She was always curious, always reading something.” “The Ringles’ generosity will enable us to further contribute to student success through classroom instruction, one-on-one research assistance and facilities that colocate the resources students need to excel academically.” - Lorraine Haricombe When Stata was in her early 80s, she decided to translate a 400-page manuscript at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library. The “Jesuatti Book of Remedies” is a compilation of medical treatments used by the friars of the Order of Saint Jerome to cure sick people around the 16th century. She first taught herself Renaissance Italian, spent four years translating more than 2,000 entries and then initiated efforts to digitize the text. “This really epitomizes Stata,” said Enna. “She didn’t speak or read Italian. But she didn’t let anything like that stop her.” In addition to their monetary estate gift, the Ringles donated their collection of medical and scientific books to the Clendening History of Medicine Library. Other books, including works of historical and literary interest, went to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library. v Dean of Libraries – lorraine j. haricombe Editor – Rebecca Smith | Content – Katie Coffman Design and production – Courtney Foat and Luke Englert A note from Debbie McCord, our partner at KU Endowment Debbie McCord, the development director for KU Libraries, has deep roots at KU, beginning 16 years ago at the KU School of Social Welfare, where she managed events and alumni relations. Now at KU Endowment, Debbie cultivates and stewards major gifts for the Libraries and the School of Social Welfare. Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-832-7372. We’re always thrilled to announce major gifts to KU Libraries— those contributions that will undeniably prove transformative for the future of the Libraries. It’s easy to envision, for example, the magnitude of benefit that will be seen across KU by the Ringles’ seven-figure gift, which is featured in this issue of Bibliophile. While the million-dollar gifts are more likely to make headlines, the Libraries depend just as much on the smaller—but no less meaningful—contributions from those who believe in the vital mission to advance academic success at KU. Support of $100 or more enrolls you in the Vosper Society for Friends of KU Libraries, and could make all the difference for a librarian who needs just a bit more funding to afford registration for a conference that offers invaluable insight and professional development opportunities. Through the Libraries’ Adopt-a-Journal program, $300 could ensure that students, faculty and researchers at KU continue to have access to the publications they need for their essential work. A gift of $1,500 helps make possible events that take the gems of KU on the road to Jayhawks across the country through special traveling exhibits. And a $25,000 pledge—fulfilled over the course of five years—establishes a named study space in Anschutz Library’s Learning Studio, which brings together every resource KU students need to succeed. Or, you may wish to consider naming the Libraries in your estate. What matters most is not the amount of your gift, but your readiness to join our cause. For “if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” Sincerely, Debbie McCord KU Libraries Director of Development at KU Endowment P.O. 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The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY. David Beaham Reading Room opens at the Learning Studio Friends and family gathered in the Learning Studio at Anschutz Library Sept. 19 to celebrate the opening of a reading room dedicated in memory of KU alumnus David Beaham. The Beaham family generously donated $100,000 to establish the quiet retreat on the east side of Anschutz, which features floor-to-ceiling glass enclosing the space, as well as ample natural light. Also displayed is one of David’s favorite poems, Rudyard Kipling’s “If”— words that David’s wife, Tricia, hopes will inspire students to pursue of a lifetime of learning. v Students enjoy quiet study in Anschutz Library’s David Beaham Reading Room. Photo by Luke Englert. James Naismith: Coming to a city near you This year, KU Libraries teamed up with the KU Alumni Association to take a special traveling exhibit to Jayhawks across the nation. “An Evening with Naismith: Artifacts of a KU Legend” attracts 50 to 200 KU alumni and friends at each event, where guests have the chance to see up close a collection of rare materials from the Libraries’ University Archives. The 2013 Naismith tour already has made stops in Denver, Dallas, Houston, Salina, St. Louis, Wichita and Kansas City in the Midwest; Washington, D.C., and New York City on the East Coast; and in December, Jayhawks in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle will have the opportunity to peruse the exhibit materials, visit with representatives from the Libraries and Alumni Association and enjoy great KU company. v Mark your calendars: An Evening with Naismith: Artifacts of a KU Legend Join us for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a rare opportunity to view and hold artifacts from KU’s University Archives relating to the life and legacy of James Naismith. San Diego, CA: Mon., Dec. 2 | 6–7:30 p.m. | Lou & Mickey’s Los Angeles, CA: Tues., Dec. 3 | 6–7:30 p.m. | Bel-Air Country Club San Francisco, CA: Wed., Dec. 4 | 6–7:30 p.m. | University Club Lounge Seattle, WA: Thurs., Dec. 5 | 6–7:30 p.m. | The Coterie Room For additional event details, visit lib.ku.edu/events. 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