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The Chronicle of Giving is published twice a year by the MCV Foundation for alumni and friends of the Medical College of Virginia Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. © 2014 MCV Foundation


Annual Board Dinner


A Letter from President Kotti and Chairman Johnson


Foundation Financials


Richard M. Bracken Chair Investiture

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Contributors: Beth W. Ayers, Julie Dillon, Angela L. Flagg, Kelly J. Gotschalk, Suzanne K. Hinton, Nan L. Johnson, William P. Kotti, Lucy Mitzner, Lauren Z. Moore, Julia B. Ratliff, Brian S. Thomas, and Amanda E. Van Thunen Design: Kevin E. Schindler Photography: As noted


The MCV Foundation’s mission is to inspire and steward philanthropy throughout the MCV Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. Chartered in 1949, the MCV Foundation works in partnership with alumni and friends of MCV Schools, Hospitals and Massey Cancer Center.


We support the institution in its quest: • To preserve and restore health • To seek the cause and cure of diseases • To educate those who would serve humanity


Through your donations, the MCV Foundation provides integral support to the dedicated teachers, clinicians, researchers and students whose efforts place the MCV Campus among the world’s leading academic medical centers providing technically superb and compassionate care to patients. The MCV Foundation supports the education, research and clinical care mission of our MCV Campus Partners: School of Allied Health Professions, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, Massey Cancer Center, MCV Alumni Association and MCV Hospitals.

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On the Cover

School of Medicine

A Changing of the Guard.

Dr. John C. Doswell, Immediate Past Board Chairman stands with new MCV Foundation Board Chairman Gail W. Johnson. Cover photo: Kevin E. Schindler

Building photo: Kevin E. Schindler

Annual Board Dinner

MCV Foundation Board of Trustees 2013-2014

MCV Foundation Trustees Celebrate 64 Years of Support This past spring, MCV Foundation trustees, VCU leaders and special guests gathered at the MCV Foundation Board’s annual dinner at The Country Club of Virginia. The event, held on May 13th, honored outstanding volunteer leaders and recapped highlights and achievements from the previous year. The Michael B. Dowdy Award was presented to Corinne F. Dorsey, N’54, BS’65, who chaired the Sadie Heath Cabaniss Leadership Challenge Committee for the School of Nursing. Through her vision and leadership, this Committee exceeded its $4 million goal in funds raised for scholarships, professorships and other mission-supporting ventures. In October Dorsey’s dream of seeing the nursing school named in honor of Sadie Heath Cabaniss was realized. Dr. John C. Doswell II received this year’s Dr. Eugene P. Trani Award for MCV Campus Leadership and the Glass Half Full Award, created in his honor to recognize optimistic attitude and spirit of unity. Dr. Doswell has

served on the MCV Foundation Board since 1998 and as Chair of the Board since 2008. He has also served on the VCU Board of Visitors, as Rector of VCU from 2012-2013, on the VCU Health System Advisory Board and as President of the MCV Alumni Association, among other positions. The Robert W. Irby, M.D. Award for Philanthropic Leadership was presented to the retiring Dean of the VCU School of Nursing, Dr. Nancy F. Langston. Dr. Langston led the School of Nursing for 22 years before stepping down in June 2013. She worked tirelessly to exceed fundraising goals for the School, as well as setting the example with her own personal philanthropy to the MCV Campus. MCV Foundation President Dr. William P. Kotti served as emcee for the evening. The night concluded with remarks from VCU President Dr. Michael Rao.



1: (left to right) Dean of the VCU School of Pharmacy Dr. Victor A. Yanchick and Donna R. Yanchick catch up with Pharmacy alum and Trustee John Oliver Beckner and Pamela B. Beckner. 2: (left to right) Previous Robert W. Irby Award recipient Dr. James P. Neifeld and Dr. Michael Rao spend some time together at the MCV Foundation Annual Dinner.


Ex Officio Members: William M. Ginther VCU Board of Visitors appointee to the MCV Foundation Audit & Appropriations Committee

3: (left to right) Trustee Dr. William D. Covington and Josée G. Covington mingle with Carolyn Bryan and Trustee Dr. Charles F. Bryan, Jr. during the cocktail hour. 4: Sibyl Thalhimer and Lifetime Honorary Trustee Charles Thalhimer join the festivities at The Country Club of Virginia. 5: Retired VCU School of Nursing Dean Dr. Nancy F. Langston, previous Michael B. Dowdy Award recipient Charlotte K. Roberts, and Charlotte S. Roberts discuss the latest School of Nursing developments at the MCV Foundation Annual Dinner Reception.

Ralph L. Anderson, D.D.S. John O. Beckner, R.Ph. Katherine C. Bobbitt, Ed.D. Roger L. Boevé Austin Brockenbrough III Louise Oliver Brooks Charles F. Bryan, Jr., Ph.D. Elizabeth Whalley Buono Richard M. Clary, M.D. Judith B. Collins, W.H.N.P. William D. Covington, D.D.S. Charles F. Crone Norwood H. Davis, Jr. John C. Doswell II, D.D.S. Ann Parker Gottwald J. William Gray, Jr., Esq. Jeffrey H. Gumenick L. Preston Hale, R.Ph. Eva T. Hardy JoAnne K. Henry, Ed.D. Basil Leonard Hurst III Darius A. Johnson Gail W. Johnson, R.N. Barry V. Kirkpatrick, M.D. Lee B. Krumbein David A. Lyons LaTonya Mallory John W. Martin Ronald H. McFarlane Keith Middleton Dorothy A. Pauley Rebecca T. Perdue W. Baxter Perkinson, Jr., D.D.S. John F. Philips, D.D.S. James H. Revere, D.D.S. Bertha C. Rolfe, RPh T.K. Somanath James H. Starkey III Joseph M. Teefey Harry R. Thalhimer George W. Vetrovec, M.D. Richard P. Wenzel, M.D., M.Sc. Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D. Harold F. Young, M.D.


Michael Rao, Ph.D. President of VCU Sheldon M. Retchin, M.D., M.S.P.H. Chief Executive Officer, VCU Health System and VCU Senior Vice President for Health Sciences


President: William P. Kotti, Ph.D.

Event photos: CSI Studios

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Since 1949, the MCV Foundation has fulfilled its mission to “inspire and steward philanthropy throughout the MCV Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.” The philanthropic support of the MCV Campus’ alumni and friends is critical as we rely more and more on the generosity of alumni and friends to help us maintain and develop state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, patient care and research. This past November, we celebrated the 175th Anniversary of the School of Medicine, and thus, the University. From its roots in the medical department of Hampden-Sydney College, to the merger of MCV and RPI in 1968 that formed VCU as we know it today, the MCV Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University continues to grow and change with the times. We thank our friends and alumni who continue to shape the future with us.

Welcome to the Board

This year the MCV Foundation’s Board of Trustees welcomed three new members, Elizabeth Whalley Buono, Eva Teig Hardy, and Keith Middleton. This brings the trustees ranks to 44 active members. Elizabeth Whalley Buono is the Vice President for Global Quality, External and Regulatory Affairs at MeadWestvaco Healthcare. She has primary responsibility for MWV Healthcare’s interaction with pharmaceutical regulatory bodies worldwide, ensuring compliance and creating competitive advantage for MWV Healthcare’s products and services. Liz earned her BSN from Boston College School of Nursing, MBA in Executive Management from St. John’s University College of Business Administration and JD in Health Law and Economics from George Mason University School of Law. Eva Teig Hardy is the Retired Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Corporate Communications for Dominion Virginia Power. She has also held government positions as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry for Governor Charles S. Robb and Secretary of Health and Human Resources under Governor Gerald L. Baliles, though most recently she served as interim state director for U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner. Eva serves on several boards including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, the Oliver Hill Foundation, the George Washington Foundation, and the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Eva has served as vice chair of the State Council of Higher Education and on the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, Hood College. She received her Master’s from American University and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Norfolk State University. Keith Middleton is a founding partner of Fahrenheit Finance. Keith has more than 23 years of corporate finance and public accounting experience with top-tier companies like Performance Food Group, Perdue Farms and Arthur Andersen. He previously held the position of CFO at Performance Food Group. He received his Bachelors in Accounting from Lynchburg College.


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MCV Foundation

MCV Foundation President William P. Kotti, Ph.D. (left) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Gail W. Johnson, RN (right) look forward to another exciting year on the MCV Campus.

The MCV Foundation is pleased to welcome these new trustees to its Board. The experiences of these new members in their fields of expertise and community leadership positions are welcomed additions to the Board’s existing perspectives.

New Leadership

This year, Louise O. Brooks, Dr. Charles F. Bryan, Jr., and Dr. Richard F. Clary were elected as vice chairs of the Board. In addition to serving as legal counsel, J. William Gray, Jr., Esq. is also serving as Chair of the newly formed By-Laws Review Team this year. Gail W. Johnson was elected Chair of the MCV Foundation Board of Trustees, and Dr. John C. Doswell, II is now serving as Immediate Past Chair on the Executive Committee.

Financial Facts

For Fiscal Year 2013 the MCV Foundation’s total assets reached $444.1 million. In addition, the Foundation disbursed $31.8 million in support of student scholarships, faculty chairs and professorships, academic and research programs, equipment, patient care initiatives and other programs on the MCV Campus. For more information please see the Financial Position & Highlights included on the adjacent page.

Heartfelt Thanks

On behalf of everyone involved with the MCV Foundation’s efforts to support the MCV Campus, we offer our heartfelt thanks to you, our supporters, friends, and alumni. The impact of your support enriches the education of students, the lives of patients and the work of researchers in all five of our schools, VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Medical Center.

Gail W. Johnson, RN Chairman of the Board

William P. Kotti, Ph.D. President

Financial Position & Highlights Medical College of Virginia Foundation Statement of Financial Position


For the year ended June 30, 2013 Amounts in thousands

Operating pooled investments Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,783 Long-term investments 66,070 Total operating pooled investments


Managed portfolio pooled investments


Agency assets


Other assets

20,656 Total Assets: $ 444,075

Liabilities and Net Assets Liabilities Debt service obligations $ 9,180 Accounts payable 444 Obligation under split-interest agreements 2,062 Agency liabilities 7,769

Net Assets Donor restricted Temporarily Permanently Unrestricted Board designated Other

Total liabilities: $ 19,455

$ 209,640 168,314 28,914 17,752 Total net assets: $ 424,620

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

Total Assets: $ 444,075

Medical College of Virginia Foundation Financial Highlights Total Assets (in millions)

For the year ended June 30, 2013 Amounts in thousands











Program Disbursements (in millions) 2009










Cash Contributions Totaling $40.4 million by Source 34.8% Friends and Grateful Patients 25.7% Foundations 15.6% Organizations 14.1% Corporations 9.8% Alumni

Disbursements Totaling $31.8 million by Program 79.28% Education, research and general 12.64% Faculty salaries and support 6.39% Scholarships and awards 1.34% Indigent patient care .35% Other program services

This is a condensed version of the financial statements submitted to the MCV Foundation. Our independent auditor issued an Unqualified Opinion on the complete financial statements, which can be obtained by writing or calling the MCV Foundation office. Chronicle of Giving Spring 2014


Good Company Photo: Kevin E. Schindler

Retired faculty from the Department of Internal Medicine who attended the third annual Retired Faculty Dinner included (left to right) Dr. David Gardner, Dr. Gabriel Makhlouf, Dr. Robert Downs, Dr. Alvin Zfass, Dr. Bill Story, Dr. Hermes Kontos, Dr. Donald Switz, Dr. P.K. Mohanty, Dr. John Witherspoon, Dr. John Proctor, and Dr. John Nestler.

Department of Internal Medicine Chair, John Nestler, and his wife, Michelle, hosted the third annual Retired Faculty Dinner at their home in October. Dr. Nestler initiated this event to reconnect with the Department’s legendary faculty and their spouses. During the evening Dr. Nestler gave an update on recent activities in each of the 10 divisions in the Department of Internal Medicine and spoke about the future plans for the Department. “We are so fortunate to have a tradition of truly outstanding faculty members on the MCV Campus,” said Dr. Nestler. “It is always a pleasure to be with my former teachers and mentors.” Plans are in place to establish a “Legacy Fund” in the Department of Internal Medicine, which will be supported by retired and former faculty of the Department to enhance the educational mission.

Celebrating the Contributions of Dr. John T. Farrar Dr. John T. Farrar, who chaired the Gastroenterology Department at MCV from 1963-1979, passed away in June 2012. His family, colleagues and friends made memorial contributions to the MCV Foundation. In recognition of this support, the Department of Internal Medicine and the Dean of the School of Medicine received approval from VCU’s Board of Trustees to name the office of the Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition in memory of Dr. Farrar. Close friends and colleagues of the late Dr. John T. Farrar gather with his wife and daughters to honor his many contributions to the MCV Campus and the medical profession.

On September 27, Dr. Farrar’s wife, Rowena, and his two daughters, Beth Smith and Anne Hayes, attended a lunch with other colleagues and friends to celebrate Dr. Farrar’s many contributions to the MCV Campus and unveil the plaque. Dr. Jay Kuemmerle, Interim Chair of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Dr. Alvin Zfass and others shared memories and stories of the time they spent with their teacher, mentor, colleague and friend. In a letter written to Rowena Farrar, Dr. John Nestler, Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, said, “Dr. Farrar touched and enriched the lives of thousands of medical students,

Beth Smith, Rowena Farrar, Anne Hayes, and Dr. John Kuemmerle pose with the plaque to be displayed outside the Chaiman’s office in the VCU Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.


Photos: VCU Creative Services

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trainees, faculty and patients during his time at MCV. It is only fitting that we permanently recognize Dr. Farrar by naming a space in his memory. The Farrar Office will serve as a lasting tribute to a truly remarkable man.”

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Discovery event photos: Brad Howe Photography

1: The guests attend a strolling supper following the lecture, where they were able to mingle with the doctors and ask their healthcare and research questions.


2: Dr. James P. Bennett, Jr. discusses his research with Jerry Bates and his wife, Pat Bates. 3: Dr. Mary Ann Peberdy demonstrates the portable AED device for guests Cindy Hamrick and Barbara Kniest. 4: Dean Jerome F. Strauss, III (center) leads the dialogue among the panel of speakers including (from left to right) Dr. Steven R. Grossman, Dr. Gordon D. Ginder, Dr. Joseph P. Ornato, Dr. James P. Bennett, Jr. and Dr. Mary Ann Peberdy.

Discovery Series Expands Reach of MCV Campus The MCV Foundation sponsored an inaugural Discovery Series event on November 6, 2013, at the Two Rivers Country Club in Williamsburg, VA. The purpose of the Discovery Series is to provide guests with an opportunity to learn about the exciting work of the VCU Medical Center scholars, researchers and clinicians who are the forefront of their fields. Through panel discussions and casual conversations hosted in an intimate setting, guests and medical experts explore the latest advances in research and discuss the impact this research is having across the Commonwealth. More than 70 guests attended this inaugural event. The speakers included Dr. Sheldon M. Retchin, CEO of the VCU Health System and Senior Vice President of Health Sciences; Dr. Jerome F. Strauss, III, Dean of the VCU School of Medicine; Dr. Gordon D. Ginder, Director of the VCU Massey Cancer Center; Dr. Mary Ann Peberdy, Medical Director of the Advanced Resuscitation, Cooling Therapeutics, and Intensive Care (ARCTIC) Program; Dr. James P. Bennett, Jr., Director of the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center; Dr. Steven R. Grossman, Chair of the Department of Hematology, Oncology, and Palliative Care; and Dr. Joseph P. Ornato, Chair of Emergency Medicine.

Inaugural Investiture for the Richard M. Bracken Chair The Richard M. Bracken Chair in Health Administration was established to support the educational and research activities of the Department of Health Administration in the VCU School of Allied Health Professions. An Investiture Ceremony was held on October 24, 2013, at the Scott House on the VCU campus to recognize the generosity of Mr. Bracken and to formally install Carolyn A. Watts, Ph.D., as the inaugural Richard M. Bracken Professor. Cecil B. Drain, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions, Sheldon Retchin, M.D., M.S.P.H, Senior Vice President for VCU Health Sciences and Michael Rao, Ph.D., President of Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Health System presided over the ceremony. Dr. Rao presented medallions to Mr. Bracken and Dr. Watts. Mr. Bracken, a 1977 Master of Health Administration graduate, is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hospital Corporation of America.

(from left to right) Dr. William P. Kotti, Judith K. Bracken, Richard M. Bracken, Dr. Michael Rao, Dr. Carolyn A. Watts, Dr. Cecil B. Drain, and Dr. Sheldon M. Retchin gather to celebrate the investiture of the Richard M. Bracken Chair in Health Administration. Photos: VCU Creative Services

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elebrating 175 Service on the O On November 14, 2013, more than one hundred and fifty MCV Campus retired faculty members and their spouses and guests gathered at the Omni Richmond 1 Hotel to help celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the University. Representatives from schools across the MCV Campus including Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy joined VCU leaders and other guests in celebrating the impact faculty have made in patient care, education, and research over the course of the 175 years since the university was established. On December 1, 1837, the president and trustees of Hampden-Sydney College created a medical department to be located in Richmond. This department opened its doors on November 3, 1838, in the old Union Hotel located at the corner of Nineteenth and Main Streets. There were forty-six students enrolled in the first class, which lasted from November 3, 1838 until April 4, 1839. The celebration featured a video of the history of the MCV Campus as well as remarks from VCU President Dr. Michael Rao and Hampden-Sydney President Dr. Christopher B. Howard. Dr. Howard presented a resolution to VCU from the Hampden-Sydney Board of Trustees honoring the University on the occasion of its 175th anniversary. Dr. Sheldon M. Retchin, CEO of the VCU Health System and VCU Senior Vice President for Health Sciences and Dr. William P. Kotti, MCV Foundation President, also addressed the guests. Many of the retired faculty present had served for over 30 years, with a few serving on the faculty for upwards of 50 years.


3 1: Nancy Haar, Dr. Jack Haar, Judith B. Collins, Gail W. Johnson, Monica Rao, Dr. Michael Rao, Dr. Victor A. Yanchick and Donna R. Yanchick. 2: Douglas G. Palmore, Dr. Leo J. Dunn, Dr. Sonia K. Vlahcevic and Linda Johnston. 3: Millicent K. Ruddy, Dr. Shaun J. Ruddy, Dr. Sterling Gaylen Bradley and Judith S. Bond. 4: William M. Ginther, Dr. Christopher B. Howard, Dr. Jean L. Giddens and Dr. John C. Doswell, II. 5: Dr. Michael Rao, Monica Rao, Barbara Howard and Dr. Christopher B. Howard. 6: Dr. Meena Midha, Elizabeth Owers, Dr. Laxmi B. Mohanty, Inder Midha and Dr. P.K. Mohanty. 7: Dr. Christopher B. Howard and Dr. William P. Kotti. 8: Douglas G. Palmore, Carol L. Hampton and Dr. Robert W. Downs, Jr. 9: Joseph M. Teefey and Dr. Hermes A. Kontos.


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Annual Endowed Scholars The MCV Foundation hosted the 9th Annual MCV Campus Endowed Scholarship brunch on Sunday, February 23rd in the Grand Ballroom of the Jefferson Hotel. Over 365 donors, scholarship recipients and guests attended this event. VCU President Dr. Michael Rao spoke about the important role scholarships play in attracting and supporting the leading health care providers of the future. MCV Foundation President Dr. Bill Kotti shared with the attendees that there are thirty-five new scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year, bringing the total number of endowed scholarships for the MCV Campus to 269. There were less than 80 endowed scholarships nine years ago. Dr. Kotti also promoted a need for more scholarships as they play a crucial role in attracting and supporting the next generation of healthcare professionals. Two student speakers also provided perspective on the impact that scholarships have had in their lives and careers. Daniel Tiesworth, who holds the DDS Class of 1960 50th Reunion Scholarship, and Danielle Viggiani, who holds the School of Nursing’s Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship, Jean D. Browning Scholarship, and Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship represented the scholarship recipients of the MCV Campus.

1: (left to right) MCV Foundation President Bill Kotti, student speaker Daniel Tiesworth, VCU President Michael Rao, student speaker Danielle Viggiani, and Vice President for Health Sciences at VCU and CEO of VCU Health System Sheldon Retchin enjoyed speaking with the scholarship recipients, donors, and guests on the impact and importance of scholarships on the MCV Campus. 2: School of Medicine Dean Dr. Jerome Strauss and his wife Cathy Strauss enjoyed conversation with Nancy Grandis White, Betty Sue LePage, and Todd LePage, representatives of the Harry and Harriet Grandis Scholarship Fund. Also joining at their table was Dr. John Nestler, Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, and his wife Michelle Nestler, along with Dr. Fred Shaia and Rose Marie Shaia, who established the Fred and Rose Shaia Family Scholarship Fund and the Thomas and Mary Shaia Family Scholarship Fund. 3: Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Marti Heil enjoyed conversation at the brunch with President of the MCV Alumni Association of VCU Kenneth Kolb (right) and MCV Foundation Trustee Roger BoevĂŠ. 4: VCU School of Dentistry students Kandice Klepper and Matthew Harrison, recipients of the Dr. Francis J. Robertello Scholarship, met with Dr. Rebecca Angus and Rob Miller who represented the scholarship. Joining them were Bryan Saunders and Jacob Akers, recipients of the Dwight H. Shull Scholarship Fund, Dr. John Lacy, Jr. and Carolyn Lacy of the John J. Lacy, Jr. D.D.S. and Carolyn E. Lacy Scholarship and the Class of 1965 Scholarship Fund for Dentistry representative and MCV Foundation Trustee Dr. James Revere, Jr. and his wife, Pat Revere. 5: Charlotte K. Roberts had the opportunity to interact with her School of Nursing scholarship recipients, Keith Wick, and Caitlin Reilly who received the Theresa A. Thomas R. N. Scholarship Fund. 6: Representing the VCU School of Allied Health and the HCA Scholarship for Emerging Healthcare Leaders were recipients Katie Hillier, Meghan Wilson, Rupal Wadhawan, Michael Hanson, and Alexander Brings. Alexander also was the recipient of the J. Stephen Lindsey Scholarship. Also seated at the table were Patricia Spangler, recipient of the M. Earl Bullard Scholarship Fund, Dr. Cindy Watts, Chair of the Department of Health Administration and MCV Foundation Trustee Becky Perdue.


Event photos: CSI Studios

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Remembering Dr. C. Kenneth Wright and Dianne Harris Wright proudly displaying their VCU Massey Cancer Center necktie and scarf with the logo and colors of the VCU Massey Cancer Center during an MCV Campus event.


Dianne Harris Wright April 20, 1939 – October 6, 2013 On October 6, Massey lost one of its most passionate and dedicated advocates. Dianne Harris Wright served on the MCV Foundation Board of Trustees for four years and Massey’s Advisory Board for seven years, inspired by her courageous 12-year battle with ovarian cancer. Her treatment included participation in several clinical trials,


and she became an educated and determined advocate in the community and with legislators in support of funding for cancer research. Through her own generous gifts, her willingness to volunteer wherever needed and strong leadership by example, there has been no stronger advocate, dedicated friend and supporter of the mission of VCU Massey Cancer Center than Dianne. Her indomitable spirit, wisdom and determination has inspired many and her legacy will live on.

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MCV Foundation

A Changing of the Guard

Photos: (top row - left to right) Dr. John C. Doswell passes the MCV Foundation Chairman’s Gavel to Gail W. Johnson; The Beers House – home of the MCV Foundation; Gail W. Johnson speaking at an MCV Campus event. (bottom row) Gail W. Johnson and Dr. John C. Dowell; The Egyptian Building on the MCV Campus.


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Our Mission

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The mission of the Medical College of Virginia Foundation is to inspire and steward philanthropy throughout the MCV Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Serving the MCV Campus The Egyptian Building stands at the heart of Virginia Commonwealth University’s MCV Campus, an icon of the Medical College of Virginia’s illustrious history and a symbol of the strength and spirit of excellence. Like the Egyptian Building, the Medical College of Virginia Foundation is an integral part of the MCV Campus. Since 1949, the Foundation has worked to achieve a singular objective:

• Support educational, clinical care and research excellence on the MCV Campus The Foundation forms a critical link between the community and the university, connecting the passions and priorities of alumni and friends to the schools and centers that comprise our MCV Campus partners:

• School of Allied Health Professions • School of Dentistry • School of Medicine • School of Nursing • School of Pharmacy • VCU Massey Cancer Center • MCV Alumni Association • MCV Hospitals

As the MCV Campus has grown and changed, so has the scope of the Foundation’s responsibilities. Today, we pursue our mission to inspire and steward philanthropy throughout the MCV Campus by:

• Partnering with and investing in school-based and center-based development programs to meet their strategic objectives • Maintaining strong relationships with benefactors and ensuring that each donor’s wishes are honored • Fostering a prudent investment program to increase the value of endowment gifts • Providing financial and accounting services to those receiving private funds • Helping MCV Campus partners respond to opportunities with effectiveness and ease • Publicizing the impact of philanthropy of the MCV Campus to recognize its benefactors and inspire others to give

Our Board of Trustees

A volunteer board of trustees formulates policies and long-range goals, provides fiduciary oversight, manages the endowment and oversees disbursement of restricted and unrestricted funds. Members are selected for their community and business leadership, their professional expertise and their commitment to advancing the missions of our foundation and our academic medical center. Each trustee serves a three-year term on the board and can be appointed to four consecutive terms. Trustees serve on one or more of the following seven committees:

• Executive Committee • Appropriations and Audit Committee • Board Resources Committee • Communications Committee • Development Committee • Investments Committee • Personnel and Compensation Committee

Our Past Chairmen 1949-1952

Dr. William T. Sanger


Mr. Eppa Hunton, IV


Mr. Samuel M. Bemiss


Mr. Buford Scott


Mr. Samuel M. Bemiss


Mr. Buford Scott


Mr. R. Reginald Rooke


Mr. Buford Scott


Mr. Eppa Hunton, IV


Dr. Charles M. Caravati


Mr. S. Douglas Fleet


Mr. Joseph C. Carter, Jr.


Dr. W. Robert Irby


Mr. Robert C. Courain, Jr.


Mr. William H. Goodwin, Jr.


Dr. Herbert A. Claiborne, Jr.


Dr. Ruth W. Campbell


Dr. John C. Doswell, II

2013- present

Mrs. Gail W. Johnson

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MCV Foundation A Message from Foundation President Dr. William P. Kotti

A Moment with Dr. John Doswell

Only through strong leadership and vision can an organization as critical to the lives of so many achieve its goals and stay focused for the future. At the MCV Foundation, we are fortunate to have both: extraordinary leadership and unparalleled vision. Since 1949, our board leadership has steered our ship in the right direction and taken us from a fledging organization with promise to one of excellence in fiduciary management and contributor stewardship. We’ve been charted on a course for an even stronger future. Thanks to them, we’re well positioned to help create the next wave of health care breakthroughs, patient care advancements and Dr. William P. Kotti scientific innovations. The continuity of our board leadership is amazing. As is its partnership with our staff, our alumni, our campus partners and with those we serve. The level of their dedication to the university and community at large is astounding. Every member of our board is committed to making a difference in our community and the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond through the promise of groundbreaking scientific research and first rate medical care. And they are dedicated to training the next generation of health care providers. Our trustees are proud to be aligned with a comprehensive academic medical center whose reach is so expansive and impactful. Our board has never been satisfied with complacency. Our friends and contributors won’t allow it. They expect and deserve to know that their support is needed, is managed wisely and is making a difference. As John Doswell passed the chairmanship baton to Gail Johnson last year, he did so knowing that his hard work and leadership, and the leadership before him, was in good hands. That complacency has no place in the work. And that above all else, the commitment to the foundation remains unwavering.

You had many accomplishments during your time as Chair. What are you most proud of ?

Thank you both. And thank you all. It is a privilege to serve.


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Immediate Past Chair Board of Trustees

I’m extremely proud of the entire board as well as staff. As a group, they’ve become more engaged. As a result, the foundation has become more visible and critical fundraising efforts have made huge strides. I’m also proud that each committee chair utilized best practices and took their responsibilities extremely seriously.

What was your strategy in bringing together a board so engaged and committed to inspire and steward philanthropy throughout the MCV Campus?

The board represents a unique mix of business and community leaders, volunteers and alumni. When we wanted them to become engaged, they were always committed. It was easy, all I had to do was ask for their help. They’re a talented group, and because of that, and a talented staff, we’ve made great strides. One of the goals was to make sure that the trustees were well aware of the many highlights of our MCV Campus partners. As one of the premiere academic health centers in the country, we can be proud of our many accomplishments. Showcasing them makes it easier for philanthropy to happen. Dr. John C. Doswell The Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center, for example, went from an idea to a first class facility in a short time thanks to a very engaged group of supporters. Our Pauley Heart Center is second to none. Our critical care trauma unit is one of the most significant trauma units in the country. The new McGlothlin Medical Education Center is meeting the needs of many by educating more medical students than ever. These are “wow” moments in which we can all take pride. We have a long legacy of making significant contributions to the healthcare of the world. The MCV Foundation has partnered in these efforts for sixty five years now. It was a privilege for me to have sat in the room with the group during my time as chair. It’s an extremely talented and skilled group that made the foundation the wonderful success that it is. The MCV Foundation staff is equally talented and skilled. We have outstanding new leadership in place. I’m thrilled with Gail being chair. She has a superb background and is well known on campus. Her business experience is a significant asset.

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Meet Gail W. Johnson Chair, Board of Trustees

You have a rich personal and professional history with the MCV Campus and the MCV Foundation. Tell us about that history and about your experience.

My experience with MCV started at age six when I had what is now considered a minor surgical procedure. At the time, it was a major event causing me to spend two weeks of my life on the 9th floor of MCV West experiencing MCVH through the eyes of a child. I was greatly challenged by that event and, having been a hospital “candy striper” volunteer when I landed on the MCV doorstep as a nursing student, I already knew I wanted to focus on the care of families. My nursing career eventually led to the creation of my own early education and health care business. When a position on the MCV Foundation Board of Trustees became available, I had an opportunity to give back to my alma mater using the skills that I had learned in business. I jumped at the chance to be a part of the board of trustees representing nursing. I wanted to be able to represent nursing in a unique way.

What are your goals as Board Chair? How do you see them building on the work of Chairs that have come before?

First of all, I stand on the huge shoulders of John Doswell who did an incredible job of leading the foundation. Because I could never compete with his work, and wouldn’t try, I have chosen my own path of leadership. I come at a unique time at the university. We crafted and signed a document in 2013 outlining the foundation’s relationship with the university and now we’re bonded toward a unified goal, which is to assist the university in philanthropy, while maintaining our individuality. John led that effort, and now we’re on the other side of that agreement. It is now time to determine our path as we strive to align our goals and the university’s goals in this newly defined relationship. A primary goal in the months ahead is to complete a strategic planning exercise. We will build on the effort led by John Doswell and Bruce Thomas in 2011. At that time, we re-affirmed with the university that leading and managing fundraising, in conjunction with the university and campus leadership, is a primary part of the Foundation’s mission. Thus, given the two pillars of the Foundation’s mission - managing the campus philanthropic assets and strategic fundraising – our current objective with strategic planning is to work with our university and campus partners to define a vision for joint success for the next five years or so, and to set the action agenda each year to make it all happen. Though we are a very large board, everyone feels engaged with our mission and in alignment with the university at large.

There has been a shift to place more emphasis on philanthropy and less on asset growth. How do you see us accomplishing this shift?

I wouldn’t say there’s a shift; I’d say they are parallel tracks. The philanthropy has increases the assets, but asset management also increases the assets so we can better support the mission of the foundation, the university and, especially, the MCV Campus and its work. The work of the foundation supports each of the schools and partners. For example, scholarships, professorships and endowed Gail W. Johnson chairs, as well as entities like the Pauley Heart Center – all have come through efforts of the foundation. It’s a synergistic event; there is a growing asset because of philanthropic efforts, and, these effectively managed assets are growing, enhancing philanthropic efforts We’re focusing on philanthropic efforts that are aligned with the university’s goal and asking ourselves, “How can we do more?”

How do you see the foundation working in partnership with university leadership?

I see the foundation focusing on our mission which is to support the MCV Campus while aligning our goals and objectives with university’s efforts and enhancements overall. VCU is a rising giant. Working in close partnership with Dr. Rao on the university level as well as Dr. Retchin on the MCV Campus, everyone is aligned to accomplish goals that lead to national accolades. We are each a part of that. We can enhance and focus on philanthropy to help make a powerful university. It’s all about mission-focused work.

The executive committee has been especially engaged in the past few years. How will you maintain that momentum on engagement with both the executive committee and the board at large?

Engagement comes when you clearly understand the mission of the organization and you clearly see the role of philanthropy on the MCV campus. Connecting these dots makes it easy to get engaged because one can see how time spent on the board can help save or improve a life. As we get people connecting the dots with actual outcomes then board service becomes really meaningful. It’s easy to stay engaged as long as one can see a direct connection between our meetings, our work, and the resulting patient outcomes.

Doswell photo: VCU Creative Services / Kotti and Johnson photos: Kevin E. Schindler

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At the VCU School of Nursing’s Cabaniss Society dinner in October, (left to right) Dr. Barbara Dunn, Judith Collins, Dr. Jean Giddens, Susan Lindner, Mimi Bennett, Kathleen Bell, and Joseph Teefey celebrate the presentation of the inaugural Clinical Nursing Scholars Award.

Honoring Sadie C and Clinical Faculty

Dr. Michael Rao, President of VCU, and Dr. Jean Giddens, Dean of the VCU School of Nursing, pose in the Younger Auditorium of Sadie Health Cabaniss Hall during the building dedication ceremony.


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On Wednesday, October 9, the VCU School of Nursing buzzed with activity as alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends came together for the Mahoney-Hamner Alumni Lecture and to celebrate the dedication of Sadie Heath Cabaniss Hall. This event marked the culmination of the Cabaniss Leadership Challenge, a $4 million fund raising project for the School of Nursing chaired by Corinne Dorsey (Dipl ’54 N, BS ’65 N). Opening the Dedication Ceremony, VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. said, “The greatest mark we can make is the success of our people, including students, faculty, staff, alumni – all who will impact the community in profound ways through commitments to helping other human beings. It’s so fitting, then, to honor one of the first champions of this idea at VCU – and one who personified commitment so well – Sadie Heath Cabaniss. In doing so, we remember and proudly recognize her contributions by naming the School of Nursing building in her memory.” Continuing the theme of the day that evening, at the Sadie Heath Cabaniss Society Dinner at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, an exciting announcement was made regarding the

Clinical Nursing Scholars Fund. Led by the tireless efforts of Judith B. Collins, Joseph M. Teefey, Dr. Barbara H. Dunn and Dr. JoAnne K. Henry, the purpose of the Clinical Scholars Program in the VCU School of Nursing is to provide flexible funds to recruit and retain the best and brightest clinical faculty. Nationwide there is increased demand and competition for nursing faculty. The struggle to recruit and retain these faculty is a key factor in the future success of the VCU School of Nursing to educate a strong nursing workforce for Virginia and beyond. The first Clinical Scholars award honors Emily C. “Mimi” Bennett, who retired a little over a year ago after 35 years of providing excellent care to the greater Richmond community as a nurse practitioner. A two-time alumna of the VCU School of Nursing (BS ’72, MS ’76) Mimi was among Virginia’s first Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners. During her career in women’s health and education, Mimi touched the lives of thousands of patients and their families, nursing students, and colleagues. At the dinner, the first Mimi Bennett Clinical Scholars were announced. Kathleen Bell and Susan Lindner shared their project “Improving Birth Outcomes Through A Birth Companion Program: Educating Nursing Students as Doulas” with an appreciative audience.

Cabaniss Excellence “Our goal is to establish several Clinical Scholars funds to support VCU School of Nursing clinical faculty in the same way that endowed professorships support research faculty,” Collins said. In this spirit, the Mimi Bennett Award is the first of what the VCU School of Nursing hopes will be many named awards. The plan is to establish additional named Clinical Scholar Funds that recognize the clinical distinction of VCU Nursing graduates. Like the fund named to honor Mimi, these funds will provide a permanent endowment to enhance the clinical excellence of current and future faculty. These Clinical Scholars awards will support faculty in their scholarship and development as clinical leaders. They will follow in the footsteps of graduates like Mimi, demonstrating excellence in clinical practice, education, and scholarship. The School has received a $100,000 challenge grant from the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation for the Clinical Nursing Scholars Fund. To this end, Joseph M. Teefey challenged the guests at the Cabaniss Dinner to join him in making a gift or pledge of $5,000 to the fund. When 10 such gifts are secured, Teefey promised an additional $10,000 to the Fund.

Honoring Surgical Excellence Dr. H.M. Lee’s legacy will live on through his accomplishments in the field of transplant and vascular surgery on the Medical Campus. Dr. Lee died in March 24, 2013 and many of his trainees, patients, friends and family members made gifts in his memory to establish the Dr. H.M. Lee Memorial Lecture in Transplant and Vascular Surgery. He was a phenomenal surgeon, a man who alongside his mentor and partner Dr. David Hume, pioneered surgical techniques and led our institution through an unprecedented era of discovery, pride, and growth. “In the operating room, Dr. Lee emphasized gentle handling of tissues and the Socratic method of teaching,” said Dr. James P. Neifeld, professor in the Department of Surgery and Chair of the Department from 2003-2013. “His approach helped to make me the surgeon that I am today and I am so pleased that we will remember his legacy in this way.” Dr. Lee’s work advanced the fields Dr. H.M. Lee’s legacy will continue through the H. M. Lee Memorial Lecture in Transplant and Vascular Surgery. of vascular and transplant surgery and trained the next generation of surgeons. Education was paramount to Dr. Lee and he was passionate about Academic Medicine. Through the Lee family and many other generous gifts in memory of Dr. Lee, the Department of Surgery has completed a $100,000 goal to endow the lectureship by the end of 2013. The Inaugural H. M. Lee Memorial Lecture was held on March 20, 2014 and featured Dr. John Ham, Professor of Surgery with the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas, as the guest speaker. For more information on supporting the Dr. H. M. Lee Memorial Lecture, please contact the MCV Foundation. Photo of Dr. Lee courtesy: VCU Creative Services

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tapestry 175th Anniversary of of Virginia Commonwe MCV

The history of the Medical College of Virginia is varied and can be likened to a tapestry, woven of individual threads

that together make up a bigger picture but retain their own individual identity as well. You may know that the Medical College of Virginia was founded in 1838 as the Medical Department of Hampden-Sydney College. What you may not know is how the MCV Campus as we know it came to be from that point. Here are some additional facts about the last 175 years of the MCV Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University that you might find interesting:

1838 The medical department of Hampden-Sydney College

opens in Richmond.

1844 The medical department moves into its first permanent home, the Egyptian building.

1854 The medical department of Hampden-Sydney College

receives an independent charter from the Virginia General Assembly and becomes the Medical College of Virginia.

1860 In return for a $30,000 appropriation, MCV conveys all its

property to the Commonwealth of Virginia and becomes a state institution.

1893 The School of Dentistry was created when the University

1838: The medical department of Hampden-Sydney College opens in Richmond.

College of Medicine opened with a dental department as one of its original divisions.

1895 Sadie Heath Cabaniss, the founder of the VCU School of

Nursing, set up the curriculum using the Nightingale system at the Old Dominion Hospital Training School for Nurses.

1898 A School of Pharmacy is established. 1913 MCV and the University College of Medicine, located just

three blocks away, merge, and the combined school acquires the Memorial Hospital.

1949 The MCV Foundation is established. 1951 The first African-American students are admitted to both

MCV and RPI. 1913: MCV and the University College of Medicine, located just three blocks away, merge, and the combined school acquires the Memorial Hospital.


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1968 Gov. Mills S. Godwin Jr. signs the bill merging RPI and MCV to form Virginia Commonwealth University.

Historic images courtesy: VCU Creative Services / Photo of the McGlothlins with Dr. Young: Skip Rowland McGlothlin Medical Education Center photo: Kevin E. Schindler

the MCV Campus ealth University 1969 The School of Allied Health Professions is formed based on

recommendations from the Wayne Commission.

1974 The MCV/VCU Cancer Center, later named the VCU Massey Cancer Center, is established.

1997 MCV Hospitals Authority, which later becomes the VCU Health

System, is created.

2008 The Critical Care Hospital opens. 2013 The James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical

Education Center opens, ushering in a new and innovative curriculum for the VCU School of Medicine.

1951: The first African-American students are admitted to both MCV and RPI.

2013: James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin stand with Dr. Harold F. Young in front of the medical center that bears their name. 2013: The James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center opens, ushering in a new and innovative curriculum for the School of Medicine.


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