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The Legacy Society recognizes individual donors and their spouse who make planned gifts or bequests to Des Moines University. The Legacy Society recognizes and celebrates commitments made today that will benefit DMU’s students, faculty, and programs for many generations to come.

When you join the Legacy Society, you become part of the largest fundraising campaign in the University’s history. Launched in 2018 with a $25 million goal, the Purple & Proud Campaign has received such an enthusiastic response that DMU raised the goal to $50 million to support its new campus in West Des Moines, increased scholarship funding and investment in faculty members’ research and educational innovation.

What is planned giving?

Planned giving – making charitable gifts via your estate – offers a wide variety of benefits to you, your loved ones and the causes you want to support. In this informational brochure, you will learn about the advantages of joining the DMU Legacy Society, which honors donors who make planned gifts to the University. You can read stories of donors who have invested in DMU, its students and faculty as Legacy Society members. And you will see how easy it can be to support the University through your estate to create a lasting legacy of excellent health care. 

DMU will work with you and your financial advisers to design a charitable plan that will meet your needs, let you provide for your loved ones and support the mission of the University: educating diverse groups of highly competent and compassionate health professionals to serve patients and communities and enhance our quality of life. 


  • Planned gifts may be any amount and must be documented with Statement of Intent, supporting estate documentation and a member of the development staff.
  • Gifts can be made in support of any Des Moines University college, program, fund or university event.

Eligible Gift Types:

  • Bequests
  • Beneficiary designations
  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Charitable remainder trusts
  • Life insurance policy
  • Retained life estate agreements
  • Gifts of retirement assets

Donor Recognition and Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Exclusive communication from Des Moines University senior leadership
  • Special invitation to all premier Des Moines University events
  • Subscription to the DMU Magazine

Legacy Society Members:

Kenneth Adams, D.O.'83 & Adrienne Adams Patricia Aldrich William G. Anderson, D.O.'56
Arthur Angove, D.O.'62 Lyle R. Bailey, D.O.'55 Larry Baker, D.O.'77 & Lori Baker
Nicholas W. Bartz, D.O.'81 Brian J. Beck, D.O.'69 Traci Bush, M.S.P.T.'95
Benjamin D. Byers, D.O.'01 & Debra A. Byers Mary McNerney Byrd Naresh Chandan, D.O.'92 & Ritu Chandan, D.O.'95
Patricia A. Charochak, D.O.'78 & Scott L. Havsy, D.O.'78 Frank M. Clark, D.O.'68 & Miriam Clark Pamela A. Duffy
Kathleen Graney Finkenauer James German, D.O.'70 Thomas Gleason, D.O.'81 & Martha Gleason
Irving Gold, D.O.'67 Murray Goldstein, D.O.'50 Robert Good, D.O.'77 & Brenda Good
James T. Haffenden, D.O.'52 Marcia Hammers, B.H.A.'88 & Gary Hammers Russell Hopp, D.O.'75 & Cynthia Hopp
G. Keigh Howland, D.O.'51 & Martha Howland Richard Irelan Tad Jacobs, D.O.'81 & Kathy Jacobs
Aram Janigian, D.O.'63 & Susie Janigian Stephen Kaiser, D.O.'73 & Martha Kaiser Fred N. Katz, D.O.'66
Frank M. Kneussl, Ph.D. Anthony C. Korvas, D.O.'69 & Cathy A. Korvas Ellen B. Lancashire
Ralph Levy, D.O.'60 Erika Linden & Randy Thompson Robert Lowry, D.O.'61
Maryam Moghaddam, D.O.'84 & Masoud Moghaddam, Ph.D. Richard T. Pitts, D.O.'73, Ph.D. & Colleen O'Connor, CRNA Adam Quinn, D.O.'01 & Michelle Quinn
Maurice A. Ramirez, D.O.'91, Ph.D. Norman Rose, D.O.'63 & Dee Ann Rose Paul L. Ruza, D.O.'56
Joseph J. Ryno III, D.O.'76 & Sue C. Ryno Alan J. Saltzman, D.O.'78 Scott Schmidt
Steven Shapiro, D.O.'69 & Dawn Shapiro Robert J. Smick, D.O.'55 Student, Class of 1968
Eugene L. Timmons, D.O.'59 Lowell L. Troester, D.O.'54 Richard L. Vermeer, D.O.'76
Louis B. Walk, D.O.'66 Gershon R. Weiner, D.O.'63

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