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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 commitment to Des Moines University’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

Kenneth Adams, D.O.'83 & Adrienne Adams Mary E. Adams
Patricia Aldrich William G. Anderson, D.O.'56
Larry Baker, D.O.'77 & Lori Baker Bako Pathology Services
Bankers Trust Nicholas W. Bartz, D.O.'81
Barry Braver, D.O.'79 & Celia L. Sroka, D.O.'79 Traci Bush, M.S.P.T.'95
Benjamin D. Byers, D.O.'01 & Debra A. Byers Naresh Chandan, D.O.'92 & Ritu Chandan, D.O.'95
Nicholas R. Conway, D.O.'61 William Cruzen, D.O.'76 & Carla Cruzen
Aletha Tente Dawson Dorothy M. Diener, D.O.'47
John B. Dolven, D.O.'63 Howard C. Doughty, D.O.’76 & Susanne Doughty
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 Stanley C. Gallagher, D.O.'76 & Joyce Gallagher
James German, D.O.'70 Thomas Gleason, D.O.'81 & Martha Gleason
Murray Goldstein, D.O.'50 Robert Good, D.O.'77 & Brenda Good
James A. Grekin, D.O.'62 Paul Groben, D.O.'75 & Jean Groben
Watson A. Gutowski, D.O.'58 & Catherine A. Gutowski James T. Haffenden, D.O.'52
Marcia Hammers, B.H.A.'88 & Gary Hammers Bernard E. Herbert, D.O.'34
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Iowa Medical Society Foundation
Iowa Osteopathic Educational Foundation Tad Jacobs, D.O.'81 & Kathy Jacobs
Aram Janigian, D.O.'63 & Susie Janigian Donald Janower, D.O.'67 & Barbara Janower
David Kapaska, D.O.'86 & Mary Ann Kapaska Fred N. Katz, D.O.'66
Josephine B. Kloetzly, D.O.'27 & Paul R. Kloetzly Frank M. Kneussl, Ph.D.
Anthony C. Korvas, D.O.'69 & Cathy A. Korvas Richard Kotz, D.O.'56
Dr. Byron E. & Johanna D. Laycock Madelyn M. Levitt
Ralph Levy, D.O.'60 Erika Linden & Randy Thompson
Robert Lowry, D.O.'61 McAninch Corporation
Gordon E. Meaney MercyOne Des Moines
Alvin Miller Anna Miller
Maryam Moghaddam, D.O.'84 & Masoud Moghaddam, Ph.D. Roger D. Monsour, D.O.'63 & Barbara Harken Monsour
Erna & Steve Morain Paris N. Munroe, D.O.'39
Ralph A. Olsen John & Mary Pappajohn
Glenn C. & Dorothy V. Petersen Richard T. Pitts, D.O.'73, Ph.D. & Colleen O'Connor, CRNA
Polk County Board of Supervisors Marvin A. & Rose Lee Pomerantz
Harold S. Powell, D.O.'57 & Marion Powell Prairie Meadows
Quad City Osteopathic Foundation Mary A. Radia, D.O.'81 & Suku Radia
J. Anthony Rakowski, D.O.'05 Kendall Reed
Stephen Richards, D.O.'74 & Janice Richards Norman Rose, D.O.'63 & Dee Ann Rose
Paul L. Ruza, D.O.'56 Joseph J. Ryno III, D.O.'76 & Sue C. Ryno
Scott Schmidt William R. & Lelia Schulz
Maurice J. Schwartz, D.O., 1933, Elliott R. Schwartz, D.O., 1973 & Pamela J. Shanklin, MHI. FABQAURP SEI
Myrtle Hohl Staley Harry A. Stenzel, D.O.'63
Student, Class of 1968 Fred Tente, D.O.'48
Eugene L. Timmons, D.O.'59 Lowell L. Troester, D.O.'54
U.S. Bank UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
The Waldinger Corporation Michael Witte, D.O.'77 & Linda Witte
Sue & Art Wittmack Frank A. Wojciechowski, D.O.'75
James R. Woodmansee, D.O.'44 & Lorna Woodmansee Russell M. Wright, D.O.'29
Patricia M. Yungclas

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