Committee begins campaign for endowed faculty position to honor Dr. Dimond

E. Grey Dimond, M.D., Founder of the UMKC School of Medicine: 1918-2013
E. Grey Dimond, M.D.

A group of School of Medicine alumni and friends have organized a drive to permanently endow a faculty chair at the School to honor its recently deceased founder, E. Grey Dimond, M.D.

Dimond, a cardiologist, teacher, author, world traveler, artist and medical pioneer, died in November at the age of 94. A committee of alumni and longtime friends of Dimond is seeking to raise $5 million to endow the chair. Jerald A. Burton M.D., ’73, serves as committee chairman. Other members are Steve Waldman, M.D., ’77, Ralph Hall, M.D., one of the School’s first Year 1 docents, and Nancy Hill, managing director of the Diastole Scholars’ Center.

Jerald and Patricia Burton donated a leadership gift of $500,000 to launch the drive. The committee hopes to raise the balance of the $5 million by Dec. 8, 2014, which would have been Dimond’s 96th birthday.

Additional information about the endowed chair and fund drive is available by contacting Jay Wilson, director of development for the School of Medicine, at 816-235-5565.

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