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Why I Give

My gifts to SLU are in appreciation for the opportunity of a medical education as well as a mentor who connected me to a 33-year medical oncology career at the Springfield, Ill. Clinic.  I met my late husband at SLU Medical School. Our oldest son is a graduate of SLU Law. None of this would have been possible without SLU giving me a chance back in 1976. Thank you!” –Dr. Karen Hoelzer (M.D. ‘80)

Karen Hoelzer, M.D.
Karen Hoelzer, M.D.

Duane Moore, a SLUCare physician, (M.D. ‘02, MPH ‘14) and Katrina Moore, Associate Professor in the History Department of the College of Arts & Sciences, created the John Berry Meachum Scholarship to provide tuition funds for medical school students who are from an educationally or economically disadvantaged background. The decision to support SLU derives from a family of SLU graduates. Duane’s mother, Caroline Moore, is a graduate of the School of Nursing (‘74) and his sister, Laura Hughes, is a graduate of the School of Law (‘14).

Duane Moore, M.D., MPH
Duane Moore, M.D., MPH

The Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA)’s physician members understand the challenges—mental, physical and financial—medical students face. Through the MSMA Foundation, members have made scholarship funding a priority, and are honored to provide $40,000 in MSMA Scholarships to SLU School of Medicine students each year.

Elissa Arnold, center, a third-year student at Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Elissa Arnold, center, a third-year student at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, received one of 10 MSMA Scholarships awarded to SLU medical students in 2019. Elissa is a student member of MSMA and a graduate of Jefferson City High School. She is pictured with longtime MSMA member William Fogarty, M.D., a retired endocrinologist and SLU Med alumnus, and Mary Walley, coordinator of Student Financial Services at SLU.

Leaving a Legacy

With Support for the School of Medicine

Saint Louis University School of Medicine received a $4.5 million gift from the estate of alumnus LeRoy Fink, M.D. (Med ’56), to support the Saint Louis University Cancer Center.

Dr. Fink was a lifelong supporter of the University and named the School of Medicine as a beneficiary of his estate, providing funds that will be used to support the Cancer Center, specifically for research and clinical care.

“We are incredibly grateful for Dr. Fink’s longtime support of the School of Medicine, and we are delighted to receive this gift,” said Robert Wilmott, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine. “I am proud to have alumni who care so much for the future of the University and its students. Dr. Fink touched many lives during his lifetime, and his legacy will touch countless more through the work we will be able to do in the Cancer Center.”

LeRoy Fink, M.D.
LeRoy Fink, M.D.

You can leave a legacy, by including a bequest to Saint Louis University School of Medicine in your will or living trust. It’s easier than you might think. By naming Saint Louis University School of Medicine a beneficiary, you will ensure that our research and educational mission continue even after your lifetime.

For more information, contact:
Kent LeVan, Executive Director of Planned Giving

The 1818 Society honors alumni and friends who have invested in Saint Louis University’s future through planned gifts. These gifts include bequest provisions in a will or trust, life income arrangements, gifts of life insurance, and beneficiary designations made with retirement assets or insurance policies. 

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When you give to Saint Louis University, you make a difference in the lives of others. By helping to fund world-class education, leading-edge research, compassionate health care and mission-focused service, you become SLU’s partner in serving a higher purpose and seeking the greater good.

Thank you for sharing our belief in the power of Jesuit education, research and health care to change lives.

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