million gift earmarked for cancer research
School Foundation has received a $3.5 million bequest for
cancer research and education from Mrs. Florence Farrow of New
York City. This is the largest gift from an individual earmarked
for medical research at U.Va., and the Health
Sciences Library's largest gift for its collections endowment.
"The funds established through [Mrs. Farrow's] generosity
will accelerate our bold agenda for cancer research," said
Dr. Robert M. Carey, dean of the School of Medicine. "Already,
our Cancer Center is working to consolidate strengths, attract
new resources, and catalyze new and existing research aimed at
ways to treat, prevent and even cure cancer."
Farrow, the widow of U.Va. alumnus Joseph Helms Farrow (Arts &
Sciences '26, Medicine '30), left $688,000 to complete the Joseph
Helms Farrow Professorship in Surgical Oncology, which she established
in 1988. An additional $250,000 of her gift will establish a fund
in the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library for the purchase of
books, journals and other materials in cancer-related fields.
The remainder, in excess of $2.5 million, will be used to create
a cancer research fund for fellowships to support talented cancer
scientists are aggressively pursuing a number of leading-edge
initiatives in cancer research," said Michael Weber, director
of the Cancer Center. "We have an extremely strong core of
researchers working in prostate cancer. Another team has made
great strides toward developing a vaccine against melanoma. And
we are developing promising new technologies for detecting and
treating breast cancer. Generous gifts such as the one made by
Mrs. Farrow are pivotal in accelerating the rate of our research."
researchers and health professionals all depend on the library's
resources to do their work, and this gift will contribute significantly
to our collection," said Linda Watson, director of the Claude
Moore Health Sciences Library.
Farrow, who died in February 1999 at the age of 93, had made previous
gifts to U.Va., including a collection of her husband's historical
medical texts to the library. She had served as an honorary trustee
of the U.Va. Medical School Foundation. Dr. Farrow, a native of
Roanoke, was an oncologist and chief of breast services at New
York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for more than 35
years. He also presided over the New York Cancer Center until
his death in 1977.