WVU Alum Leaves $2.3 Million to University
 Bequest announced at School of Medicine Alumni Banquet

Robert Richard, M.D., a West Virginia University School of Medicine graduate, has left his alma mater more than $2.3 million dollars.  John Prescott, M.D., WVU School of Medicine Dean, announced the bequest at an alumni dinner Friday. 

“I regret that I did not have the opportunity to know Bob before he died late last year,” Dr. Prescott said.  “But I know from others and from his generosity that he was a wonderful man who cared deeply for his profession and his alma mater.”

Photo Above:  Allan Babcock, of Fairmont, a family member of the late Robert Richard, speaks to a crowd gathered at the WVU School of Medicine Alumni Dinner Friday, Oct. 19, as John Prescott, M.D. WVU School of Medicine Dean looks on. Dr. Richard was originally from Granville.  His family owned the old Richards Restaurant on High Street in Morgantown. After he graduated from the two-year WVU School of Medicine in 1946, Richard completed his residency training at St. Louis Hospital and served in the U.S. Air Force in Michigan.  He practiced as a pediatrician in Michigan until his retirement in 1993. 

A portion of Dr. Richard’s bequest will be used to fund core research facilities on the WVU Health Sciences Campus. The School of Medicine plans to purchase new equipment, such as a LICOR Infrared Imaging System, which will be used to analyze proteins that could detect disease.  Another purchase will be a BIACOR System, which can be used for drug discovery. This state-of-the-art scientific equipment may be used by any faculty in their research endeavors.  

The money will also support key initiatives that are part of the WVU School of Medicine’s Strategic Plan. 
“We will further memorialize his generosity by naming a research space in the new Cancer Center expansion for him,” Dr. Prescott said.  “Dr. Richard’s life’s work will continue through this very special legacy.”

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
ec: 10-19-07

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