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Gifts to Benefit Research in Medicine

George L. and Melna A. Bolm established gifts to benefit the MU School of Medicine and the research important to them.

George L. and Melna A. Bolm established gifts to benefit the MU School of Medicine and the research important to them.

Inspired to help others with ailments they experienced in their lives, George and Melna Bolm gave generously to the MU School of Medicine through their estate. George, a rural letter carrier and farmer, and Melna, a teacher and gardener, lived and worked in Warrenton, Mo.

Later in their lives, George and Melna experienced multiple health problems. George suffered from diabetes and had a series of strokes. Melna experienced macular degeneration, a medical condition causing loss of vision. The Bolms sold their farm in 1997 and George died in 2000.

After George died, Melna contacted the MU School of Medicine. She chose MU because it was close enough to Warrenton to serve people in the area and elsewhere in Missouri. She said, "Too many people continue to die from heart attacks and I wanted to support the type of basic research that could help everyone suffering from cardiovascular disease."

Supporting MU Through Estate Planning

Melna established the George L. and Melna A. Bolm Distinguished Professor in Cardiovascular Health. In her estate plans, she provided an additional gift to elevate the professorship to an endowed chair. She also left a bequest for a distinguished faculty scholar in ophthalmology. Melna died in December 2011.

Ronald J. Korthuis, Ph.D., says the Bolm gift "will allow our cardiovascular researchers to advance their studies of the nation's deadliest disease-with lifesaving potential." Ronald received the George L. and Melna A. Bolm Distinguished Professor award and works with the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center.

The Bolm gift for ophthalmology will impact all patients suffering from age-related vision loss, especially macular degeneration, says Dean P. Hainsworth. Dean is the George L. and Melna A. Bolm Distinguished Faculty Scholar in Ophthalmology.

Craft Your Legacy Today

Contact The Office of Gift Planning and Endowments at 1-800-970-9977 or 573-882-0272 or giftplanning@missouri.edu to discuss your options for creating a legacy that benefits the programs important to you at Mizzou.

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