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Huntington Foundation gives $500K to med school

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 11:35 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University has received $500,000 from the Huntington Foundation Inc. to create The Huntington Foundation Inc./Frank E. Hanshaw Sr. Endowed Chair of Geriatrics.

The endowed chair is named for the foundation and in memory of Frank E. Hanshaw Sr., who was founder and past president of the Marshall University Foundation. He also was chairman of the board of Huntington Wholesale Furniture Co.

"I am very pleased the Huntington Foundation, in its quest to support health care and medical education in our community, has made this wonderful gift to our school of medicine," said Dr. Joseph Shapiro, dean of the medical school. "Research into areas like geriatrics and the aging process, which includes such diseases as hypertension and diabetes, is pivotal to helping those in our state and Appalachia lead fuller and more productive lives."

Dr. Joseph B. Touma, Huntington Foundation board member and chairman of the Marshall Board of Governors, said the donation is the Huntington Foundation's largest single gift since he's been involved.

Previous gifts from the Huntington Foundation include a $1 million contribution in 1988 that created the Frank E. Hanshaw Sr. Geriatric Center. Additional gifts include funding for Marshall University research and the endowed Edith M. Miller Memorial Nursing Scholarship.

Hanshaw served as president of several other local and national organizations, including the Marshall University Alumni Association, the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, the Tri-State Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Huntington Rotary Club and the National Wholesale Furniture Association.

Hanshaw also served as one of the original trustees of the Huntington Foundation, which was created in 1984 to return to the community money generated by the sale of Huntington Hospital to Hospital Corporation of America.

His son, Frank E. Hanshaw Jr., now serves as president of the foundation, which makes grants for charitable, medical, educational or religious purposes.

"My father was a great proponent of Marshall University and I know he would be thrilled with the decision to build a robust research program in an area that will benefit many, many people," Hanshaw Jr. said. "Through dad's work and through the work of many others, the foundation's commitment to build a better community remains steadfast."

The gift is expected to be matched by the West Virginia Research Trust Fund, also known as Bucks for Brains, which brings the total benefit to Marshall to $1 million. The gift was one of the final ones made toward the Bucks for Brains program and its $15 million worth of match money provided by the West Virginia Legislature.



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