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Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Receives $20 Million to Establish Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Institute

The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis received a commitment of $20 million from area businesswoman and philanthropist, Edith L. Wolff. The funds will support biomedical research aimed the prevention, treatment, and cure of disease and will establish the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Institute. To be considered for funding, projects will require interdepartmental collaboration and must lack other major sources of funding. In addition to various contributions to medical research, Mrs. Wolff previously endowed 2 professorships at the university. In 1999, the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Professorship in Medicine was established to support cancer research. The current chair is held by Timothy J. Ley, MD, a cancer research specialist. The Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professorship in Medicine, which is held by William A. Peck, MD, former Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School of Medicine and now Director of the Center for Health Policy, was established in 2003. Mrs. Wolff also established the Edith L. Wolff Scholarship-Loan Fund, a non-interest-bearing fund for medical students. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Washington University in 2004 for her generous support and contributions to medical research. She has served on the board of the St. Louis Arc, a non-profit United Way agency serving the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families. In addition, she has served on the boards of the Jewish Center for the Aged and Metropolitan Employment and Rehabilitation Services. Alan Wolff, Mrs. Wolff's late husband, founded Wolff Construction Co., a real-estate development, investment, and management company, which built numerous shopping centers in Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas in the 1950's and 1960's. Mrs. Wolff became president of the company after the death of her husband in 1989 and has continued to lead the business, which now focuses on …

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