The W. Stevenson and Luther T. Glanton Fund

Named after civic leaders and longtime members of the Des Moines University Board of Trustees, Willie Stevenson Glanton and Judge Luther T. Glanton Jr., the W. Stevenson and Luther T. Glanton Fund supports scholarships for qualified minority students, under-represented in health care, and other initiatives that enrich and enhance the cultural competency of all DMU students. The Glanton Dinner raises funds for these critical efforts and also allows the University to honor a community member who has worked to create opportunities and open doors for others.

Luther and Willie Glanton

A couple committed to creating opportunity for all.

Luther and Willie Glanton

Luther and Willie Glanton

Luther T. Glanton Jr. and Willie Stevenson Glanton were lawyers who dedicated their lives to professional leadership and community service. He was the first black judge in Iowa; she was the first black female assistant county attorney and the first black person from Polk County to serve in the Iowa Legislature.

They shared a devotion to DMU, too. Judge Glanton joined the DMU Board of Trustees in 1979; when he died in 1991, Mrs. Glanton took his place on the board, became its chair in 1999 and continued to serve through 2012.

The W. Stevenson and Luther T. Glanton Fund celebrates the couple’s passion for helping others succeed by supporting scholarships for qualified minority students, under-represented in health care, and other initiatives that enrich and enhance the cultural competency of all DMU students.

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