The Founders Society recognizes individuals, private and family foundations, public corporations and corporate foundations for cumulative lifetime gifts of $100,000 and greater. Members to this prestigious group are our most generous and committed donors. 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 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 to the Founder’s Society
  • Name plate on Founders Society Donor Recognition Wall
  • Publicity and acknowledgement (at donor’s discretion) of gifts and the progress or related accomplishments of the gift’s impact
  • Opportunities to interact with other philanthropists of similar capacities
  • Stewardship reports demonstrating how each donor’s philanthropic contributions are benefiting the University
  • Regular communication with Des Moines University senior leadership
  • Recognition event
  • Special invitations to member-only events
  • Donor name(s) listed in the annual Des Moines University Honor Roll of Donors
  • Special invitations to donor and campus events
  • DMU Magazine

Founders Society Members

Mary E. Adams Estate

Estate of Patricia Aldrich

Lori & Larry Baker

Bradley Bakotic, D.P.M., D.O. / Bako Pathology Services

Bankers Trust

Nicholas W. Bartz, D.O. ’81

Barry Braver, D.O. ’79 & Celia L. Sroka, D.O. ’79

Naresh Chandan, D.O. ’92 & Ritu Chandan, D.O. ’95

Dr. William* & Carla Cruzen ’76

Estate of Aletha Tente Dawson

Des Moines General Hospital

Dorothy M. Diener, D.O.*

Bernard M. Feldman, D.O. ’80 & Ava R. Feldman, D.O. ’83

Foundation for Educational Excellence

Leonard Fronton, D.O. ’66*

Dr. & Mrs. Stanley C. Gallagher ’76

Thomas R. Gleason, D.O., FAOCR & Martha L. Gleason, Ed.D.

Dr. & Mrs. Murray Goldstein ’50

Dr. & Mrs. Robert Good

James A. Grekin, D.O. & Jacqueline H. Grekin, Ph.D.*

Catherine A. & Watson A. Gutowski, D.O.

Dr. James T. Haffenden*

Estate of Bernard E. Herbert, D.O. ’34

Iowa Medical Society

Iowa Osteopathic Educational Foundation

Aram Janigian, D.O. ’63* & Susie Janigian

Dr. & Mrs. Donald Janower

Estate of Paul R. & Josephine B. Kloetzly, D.O. ’27

Estate of Frank M. Kneussl, Ph.D.

Anthony C. Korvas, D.O. ’69 & Cathy A. Korvas

Dr. Richard Kotz

Dr. Byron E.* & Johanna D. Laycock*

Madelyn M. Levitt*

Ralph W. Levy, D.O.

Estate of Gordon E. Meaney

Alvin Miller Estate

Anna Miller Estate

Roger D. Monsour, D.O. & Barbara Harken Monsour

Estate of Paris N. Munroe, D.O. ’39

Ralph A. Olsen*

John & Mary Pappajohn Scholarship Foundation

Glenn C.* & Dorothy V. Petersen

Marvin A.* & Rose Lee Pomerantz*

Marion Powell Estate (Harold S. Powell, D.O. ’57)

Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Quad City Osteopathic Foundation

Mary A. Radia, D.O. ’81 & Suku V. Radia

Kendall & Majrean* Reed

Paul L. Ruza, D.O.*

Student, Class of 1968

William R. & Lelia Schulz

SEI Investments

Myrtle Hohl Staley*

Estate of Fred Tente, D.O. ’48

UnityPoint Health

U.S. Bank

Waldinger Corporation

Sue & Art Wittmack

Estate of Lorna Woodmansee in Loving Memory of James R. Woodmansee, D.O. ’44

Russell M. Wright, D.O. ’29*

Patricia M. Yungclas



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