Hugh A. Westbrook D’70, co-founder and CEO of VITAS Healthcare Corp. of Miami, and his wife, Carole Shields Westbrook, have given $3 million to Duke Divinity School to enhance the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life.
Matched with $1 million from Duke’s Nicholas Faculty Leadership Initiative, $2 million of the Westbrooks’ gift will endow a distinguished professorship to be filled by a new institute director. The Esther Colliflower chair will be named for the VITAS co-founder who also has played a critical role in hospice development.
The remaining $1 million will pay for a portion of a $22 million divinity school addition, which is under construction and will include a suite of offices for the interdisciplinary institute, which works to improve research, education and practice in the care of those near death.
Lilly Endowment Inc. of Indianapolis, Ind., has made a grant of $990,960 to the divinity school for the Pulpit & Pew Coordination Program for Sustaining Pastoral Excellence overseeing Lilly’s $70 million national project. Lilly Endowment also awarded a $150,000 grant to underwrite efforts to secure permanent support for the Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation.
To secure a copy of the case statement and to learn ways to make a gift, please contact Gaston Warner, director of development, firstname.lastname@example.org or Wes Brown, associate dean for external relations, email@example.com, Duke Divinity School, (919) 660-3456.
Please visit the web site at www.divinity.duke.edu for additional information.
A summary report on the Divinity School and the Campaign will be published in the spring of 2004.
Other contributions include $741,000 from the estate of Bruce Jones D’37 for the new building, a scholarship, and the Endowment for Mission Outreach Initiatives; $150,000 from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Jacksonville, Fla., for technology in the new building to support teaching; $100,000 from the Turlington family and friends for an endowed scholarship for Baptist students celebrating the lives of Henry and Helen Turlington; and $100,000 from Davidson United Methodist Church, Davidson, N.C., for an endowed scholarship to honor their former pastor, James C. Howell D’79, G’84.
Also, $100,000 from Bill and Susan Porter of Charlotte and Paul and Margaret Porter of Shelby, N.C, for the new building; $100,000 for a scholarship endowment from Vann and Ann York of High Point, N.C.; $100,000 from Eric and Candace Law of Birmingham, Mich., for artwork in the new building; and $50,000 from Wes and Lucy Jones of Fayetteville, N.C., matching recent gifts for the Endowment for Mission Outreach Initiatives.
Additional gifts for the building include $35,000 from Loy H. Harris D’96 of Belchertown, Mass., in honor of his father, Loy E. Harris, and in memory of his mother, Edith H. Harris; and $25,000 from Laceye Cammarano Warner D’95 and Gaston Warner D’99 of Durham, N.C., for the lectern in Goodson Chapel in honor of Hank Hunnings and Bess G. Hunnings D’85.
Dean Greg Jones expressed gratitude to the many friends and alumni whose support “will make a transformative difference in the lives of countless individuals over many generations. It is with joy and thanksgiving that we receive them.”
Many in the divinity school family received a mailing in November with a review of naming opportunities in the divinity school building addition and the reminder to make unrestricted Annual Fund giving a priority as well. The fiscal year ends June 30. Inquiries are always encouraged. Please contact Gaston Warner, director of development, firstname.lastname@example.org (919) 660-3455, or Wes Brown, associate dean for external relations, email@example.com (919) 660-3456.