Giving thought to giving thanks

April 10, 2014 —


Roger Monsour, D.O.’63, and his wife, Barbara Harken Monsour, put a lot of thought into their support of Des Moines University. After discussing their giving options with DMU staff, they decided to make a major gift to the DMU Fund, which supports all programs and gives University leaders the flexibility to allocate donor gifts to the greatest opportunities and needs. “That makes a big difference,” says Roger, a board-certified anesthesiologist and retired medical chief of staff.

The couple was impressed by the DMU campus when they attended Roger’s 50-year reunion last May. They enjoyed reconnecting with his classmates and with the University where they began dating and were married. “If it hadn’t been for this school, I wouldn’t be here,” Roger says. “When I think of what the University has accomplished in the 50 years since I was there, talked with students and saw the facilities, I was amazed.”

Endlessly curious and easily entertained, Barb Dietrich Boose loves being a member of the friendly, fascinating DMU community and its creative communications team. The University's publications director and DMU Magazine editor, Barb is always on the hunt for story ideas, good books and new recipes to try out on her family, such as her surprisingly tasty pork-and-bean bars.