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University Of Virginia Medical School Foundation Receives $3.5 Million Bequest

July 27, 2000 -- A $3.5 million bequest — the largest gift from an individual ever received by the University of Virginia’s Medical School Foundation — will bolster the school’s surgical oncology program and support the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library.

The foundation received the bequest from the late Florence Farrow of New York City, a trustee of the foundation from 1972 until her death in February 1999. She was the widow of the late Dr. Joseph Helms Farrow, who earned an undergraduate degree from the University in 1926 and graduated from the School of Medicine in 1930.

Dr. Farrow was an oncologist and Chief of Breast Services at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for 35 years. He also presided over the New York Cancer Center before his death in 1977.

Florence Farrow’s bequest directs $250,000 to the library for the purchase of books, journals and materials in the fields of surgical oncology, along with additional funds for the Joseph Helms Farrow Professorship in Surgical Oncology, which was established in 1988. The remainder, in excess of $2.5 million, will create a cancer research fund and fellowships to support talented cancer researchers.

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked U.Va.’s Cancer Center 19th in the nation.

 

 

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