Drive Seeks $5 million for Endowed Chair to Honor E. Grey Dimond

$500,000 leadership gift launches campaign for UMKC School of Medicine

A drive is underway to permanently endow a faculty chair at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine to honor the school’s 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 school alumni and longtime friends of Dimond is seeking to raise $5 million to endow the chair. The committee chair is Jerald A. Burton M.D., PhD. Other members are Steve Waldman, M.D., Ralph Hall, M.D. and Nancy Hill, managing director of the Diastole Scholars’ Center.

Jerald and Patricia Burton have 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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