Alumnus leaves lasting legacy

Allen Auerbach, D.O.’73, contributed to his community and society in multiple ways. He was an adored husband of his wife, Terry, and the beloved father of five, grandfather of three and a family member and friend to numerous others. He took care of countless patients as a physician in Pennsville, NJ, for 44 years. When he died on April 12, 2018, he was mourned by many.

Terry and Allen Auerbach, D.O.’73, have generously invested in DMU students.

“I met Dr. Auerbach as a wet-behind-the-ears medical student in my first rotation in family practice in 1983, and we were friends ever since,” says Alan Carr, D.O.’84, FAAOA, a physician in Cherry Hill, NJ. “He expressed a passion for the profession of medicine that can’t be surpassed. He would do anything and everything for his patients that he could possibly do, from giving them clothing and transportation to making house calls.”

“The science of medicine you learn in school. The art of medicine, its humanistic side and how to become a complete osteopathic physician were demonstrated by Dr. Auerbach every day,” Carr continues. “He gave back all the time.”

That included giving to Des Moines University. Dr. and Mrs. Auerbach established an endowed scholarship fund in their names at DMU to benefit students in the College of Osteopathic Medicine with a strong interest in family medicine. Endowed scholarship funds are a lasting source of support for students, because only the earnings – not the principal – of the funds are paid out as scholarships. Since 2016, the Dr. Allen and Terry Auerbach Endowed Scholarship has been awarded to three students.

“By establishing an endowed scholarship, Dr. and Mrs. Auerbach are leaving a lasting legacy at DMU and will continue to benefit many students for years to come,” says Stephanie Greiner, chief development officer at DMU.

To learn how you can create your lasting legacy by benefiting students, programs and other aspects of the University, contact the Development and Alumni Relations office at 515-271-1387.

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