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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 Patricia Aldrich
Dr. William G. Anderson, '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
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
Kendall Reed Stephen D. Richards, D.O.'74 & Janice M. Richards, RPh'71
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 SEI
Myrtle Hohl Staley 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

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