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The Founders Society recognizes donors for cumulative lifetime gifts of $100,000 and greater. Members of this prestigious group have shown a deep committed to DMU’s mission and vision. Their gifts induct them as a lifetime member of the Founders Society.


  • Cumulative lifetime giving of $100,000 and greater
  • Gifts can be made in support of any DMU college, program, fund or university event
  • If a gift enables someone to meet the minimum giving threshold of $100,000 it must be completed within five years of initial pledge
  • Corporate matching gifts are counted for an individual’s membership in the Founders Society

Eligible Gift Types

  • Cash
  • Pledges
  • In-kind (with documentation)
  • Stock
  • Soft credit for current spouse (with documentation)
  • Documented planned gift

Donor Recognition and Opportunities for Engagement

  • Lifetime membership in the Founders Society
  • A nameplate on Founders Society Donor Recognition Wall
  • Publicity and acknowledgment (at donor’s discretion) of gifts and the progress or related accomplishments of the gift’s impact
  • A congratulatory message from Des Moines University Board of Trustees
  • Opportunities to interact with other philanthropists of similar capacities
  • Stewardship reports demonstrating how each donor’s philanthropic contributions are benefiting the University
  • Exclusive communication from Des Moines University senior leadership
  • Special invitation to all premier Des Moines University events
  • Subscription to the DMU Magazine

Founders Society Members

Mary E. Adams Estate Patricia Aldrich Estate
Dr. William G. Anderson, '56 Lori & Larry J. Baker, D.O.
Bako Pathology Services Bankers Trust
Nicholas W. Bartz, D.O.'81 Barry Braver, D.O.'79 & Celia L. Sroka, D.O.'79
Traci A. Bush Naresh Chandan, D.O.'92 & Ritu Chandan, D.O.'95
Dr. Nicholas R. Conway William Cruzen, D.O.'76* & Carla Cruzen
Aletha Tente Dawson Estate Dorothy M. Diener, D.O.*
John B. Dolven, D.O.’63 Bernard M. Feldman, D.O.'80 & Ava R. Feldman, D.O.'83
Kathleen Graney Finkenauer Foundation for Educational Excellence
Angela & Thaddeus Franklin Leonard Fronton, D.O.'66*
Dr. & Mrs. Stanley C. Gallagher, '76 Drs. Thomas & Martha Gleason
Murray Goldstein, D.O.’50, M.P.H. Dr. & Mrs. Robert Good
James A. Grekin, D.O. Paul Groben, D.O.'75 & Jean Groben
Catherine A. & Watson A. Gutowski, D.O. Dr. James T. Haffenden*
Marcia & Gary Hammers Bernard E. Herbert, D.O.'34 Estate
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Iowa Medical Society Foundation
Iowa Osteopathic Educational Foundation Tad & Kathy Jacobs
Aram Janigian, D.O.'63* & Susie Janigian Dr. & Mrs. Donald Janower
Paul R. & Josephine B. Kloetzly, D.O.'27 Estate Frank M. Kneussl, Ph.D.*
Anthony C. Korvas, D.O.’69 & Cathy A. Korvas Dr. Richard Kotz
Dr. Byron E.* & Johanna D. Laycock* Madelyn M. Levitt*
Ralph Levy, D.O. Erika Linden & Randy Thompson
Robert Lowry, D.O.’61 McAninch Corporation
Gordon E. Meaney Estate MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center
Alvin Miller Estate Anna Miller Estate
Maryam Moghaddam, D.O.'84 & Masoud Moghaddam, Ph.D. Roger D. Monsour, D.O.* & Barbara Harken Monsour
Erna & Steve Morain Paris N. Munroe, D.O.'39 Estate
Ralph A. Olsen* John & Mary Pappajohn
Glenn C.* & Dorothy V. Petersen Richard T. Pitts, D.O., Ph.D. & Colleen O'Connor, CRNA
Polk County Board of Supervisors Marvin A.* & Rose Lee Pomerantz*
Harold S. Powell, D.O.'57 & Marion Powell Estate Prairie Meadows
Quad City Osteopathic Foundation Mary A. Radia, D.O.'81 & Suku Radia
Kendall Reed Stephen D. Richards, D.O.'74 & Janice M. Richards, RPh'71
Dr. Norman & Mrs. Dee Ann Rose Paul L. Ruza, D.O.*
Joseph J. Ryno III, M.S., D.O.'76, FACEP & Sue C. Ryno, R.N., M.S. Scott Schmidt
William R. & Lelia Schulz SEI
Myrtle Hohl Staley* Student, Class of 1968
Fred Tente, D.O.'48 Estate Eugene L. Timmons, D.O.'59*
Lowell L. Troester, D.O.* UnityPoint Health
U.S. Bank The Waldinger Corporation
Linda & Mike Witte Sue & Art Wittmack
James R. Woodmansee, D.O.'44 & Lorna Woodmansee Estate Russell M. Wright, D.O.'29*
Patricia M. Yungclas


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