Of Virginia Medical School Foundation Receives $3.5 Million Bequest
27, 2000 -- A
$3.5 million bequest the largest gift from an individual
ever received by the University of Virginias Medical School
Foundation will bolster the schools 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 Yorks Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for 35 years. He also presided over
the New York Cancer Center before his death in 1977.
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