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FULL BOARD OF VISITORS
Friday, March 27, 1998
4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Dome Room, The Rotunda


AGENDA


ACTION ITEMS (Mr. Casteen)

Establishment of Professorships

  1. Gerald D. Aurbach Professorship in Endocrinology
  1. Priscilla Bonner and Margerie Bonner Lowry Professorship in the Division of Personality Studies

  2. Bernard B. and Anne L. Brodie Teaching Professorship in General Internal Medicine

  3. The Robertson Professorship in Modern Media Studies


AGENDA ITEM:

A. Establishment of Professorship Approval to establish Professorship in the School of Medicine

GERALD D. AURBACH PROFESSORSHIP IN ENDOCRINOLOGY

BACKGROUND: Dr. Gerald Aurbach took a B.A. from the College in 1950, and his M.D. from the School of Medicine in 1954. After an internship and a residency in Boston, he joined the United States Public Health Service and very quickly established a reputation as a first rate researcher. He was an endocrinologist and was honored in this country he was the first alumnus of the Medical School to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences and abroad, particularly for his contributions to the study of metabolic bone disease.

Throughout his career he maintained close ties to the University, serving, for example, as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Alumni Association. The weekend before his death, in fact, he had attended a football game at Scott Stadium.

Dr. Aurbach was killed in a senseless and stupid incident in November, 1991, when he was hit by a rock thrown by a passenger in a passing car on West Main Street.

ACTION REQUIRED: Approval by the Board of Visitors

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE GERALD D. AURBACH PROFESSORSHIP IN ENDOCRINOLOGY

The President will propose the adoption of the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Gerald D. Aurbach, an alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences, 1950, and of the School of Medicine, 1954, died tragically in Charlottesville on November 4, 1991; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Aurbach was a distinguished scientist, with an international reputation for his work in metabolic bone disease at the National Institutes of Health at the time of his death, and a loyal and supportive alumnus of the University; and

WHEREAS, numerous friends, former students, associates and professional and corporate institutions have contributed generously to establish a professorship in Dr. Aurbach's memory;

RESOLVED that the Board of Visitors establishes the Gerald D. Aurbach Professorship in Endocrinology and thanks Dr. Aurbach's friends and colleagues for their generosity.

B. Establishment of Professorship Approval to establish Professorship in the School of Medicine

PRISCILLA BONNER AND MARGERIE BONNER LOWRY PROFESSORSHIP IN THE DIVISION OF PERSONALITY STUDIES

BACKGROUND: Mrs. Priscilla Bonner Woolfan, who died in 1996, left a generous bequest of $2.6 million, of which $1,000,000 was to be used for the establishment of a professorship in the Division of Personality Studies of the School of Medicine; the Division is part of the Department of Psychiatric Medicine. Mrs. Woolfan was most interested in the work of Dr. Ian Stevenson and she envisioned her gift as support for his research.

Mrs. Woolfan was a film star in Hollywood in the 1920's. Her sister, Margerie Bonner Lowry - who is also deceased - was the second wife of the British writer Malcolm Lowry. Douglas Day, Professor of English at the University, wrote an important biography of Lowry which won a National Book Award.

ACTION REQUIRED: Approval by the Board of Visitors

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PRISCILLA BONNER AND MARGERIE BONNER LOWRY PROFESSORSHIP IN THE DIVISION OF PERSONALITY STUDIES

The President will propose the adoption of the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Mrs. Priscilla Bonner Woolfan died in 1996, leaving a very generous bequest to the University in support of the research of Dr. Ian Stevenson;

RESOLVED that the Board of Visitors establishes the Priscilla Bonner and Margerie Bonner Lowry Professorship in the Division of Personality Studies in the School of Medicine, and expresses its appreciation for the generosity of the late Mrs. Woolfan which made this Chair possible.


C. Establishment of Professorship Approval to establish Professorship in the School of Medicine

BERNARD B. AND ANNE L. BRODIE TEACHING PROFESSORSHIP IN GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE

BACKGROUND: When Mrs. Anne Brodie died in 1997, she had lived in Charlottesville for only three years; her physician during those years was Dr. Eugene Corbett of the Department of Internal Medicine. Mrs. Brodie was the widow of Bernard Brodie who, when he retired in 1970, was chief of the Laboratory of Chemical Pharmacology at the National Institutes of Health. As a young woman, in the late 1920's, she was a member of the Ziegfield Follies.

Reflecting her interest in Dr. Corbett's work, it was Mrs. Brodie's wish that her generous gift to the University be used to establish a teaching professorship in General Internal Medicine at the Medical School. She was modest about her gift and when she established the bequest toward the end of her life, she asked that "no fuss" be made over her or her generosity.

ACTION REQUIRED: Approval by the Board of Visitors

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BERNARD B. AND ANNE L. BRODIE TEACHING PROFESSORSHIP IN GENERAL INTERNAL MEDICINE

The President will propose the adoption of the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Mrs. Anne Brodie died in 1997, leaving a generous gift to the University for the establishment of a teaching chair to be named for her and her late husband;

RESOLVED that the Board of Visitors establishes the Bernard B. and Anne L. Brodie Teaching Professorship in General Internal Medicine, to be located in the School of Medicine, and expresses gratitude for the generosity of the late Mrs. Anne Brodie whose gift has made possible this Chair.

D. Establishment of Professorship Approval to establish Professorship in Modern Media Studies

THE ROBERTSON PROFESSORSHIP IN MODERN MEDIA STUDIES

BACKGROUND: Timothy B. Robertson took a B.A. from the College in 1977. He and his wife, Lisa Nelson Robertson, live in Virginia Beach. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer of International Family Entertainment, Inc., since the company was formed in 1989. The company's holdings are global in nature and include The Family Channel cable television production company, Fit TV, and The Ice Capades.

Mr. and Mrs. Robertson have long been interested in media studies, and they have made a gift of $1.2m to the University for the development of a Modern Media Studies program. The Robertson Professorship represents $500,000 of that gift; the remainder is being used to establish the Timothy B. and Lisa Nelson Robertson Media Center, a state-of-the-art multimedia center which will occupy the entire third floor of the Clemons Library.

ACTION REQUIRED: Approval by the Board of Visitors

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ROBERTSON PROFESSORSHIP IN MODERN MEDIA STUDIES

The President will propose the adoption of the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Timothy B. Robertson and his wife, Lisa Nelson Robertson, of Virginia Beach, have both a personal and professional interest in media studies; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Robertson, a 1977 alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Mrs. Robertson have made a generous gift to the University to establish a modern media studies program; and

WHEREAS, a portion of their gift has been designated to establish a chair in modern media studies;

RESOLVED that the Board of Visitors establishes the Robertson Professorship in Modern Media Studies, and thanks Mr. and Mrs. Robertson for their support and generosity.

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