A couple with no formal connections to MU gives $1.3 million for medical research.
Although the late George and Melna Bolm neither graduated from MU nor received medical treatment at University Hospital, they have given the university $1.3 million to fight diabetes, heart disease and macular degeneration — problems they faced. George, a postal worker and farmer, had diabetes and heart disease, suffered several strokes and died in 2000. The next year, Melna donated $550,000 for a professorship in cardiovascular health. Melna, a teacher, had macular degeneration. She looked to MU once again to help others with this problem. When she died in 2011, the Bolm estate gave MU $800,000. That money elevated the professorship to a chair and endowed a faculty scholar position in ophthalmology. “Melna knew that the only hope for progress in treatment and cures for these diseases is the kind of research that goes on at top-tier research universities,” Chancellor Brady J. Deaton said at the gift announcement Oct. 11, 2012. “She committed to the idea of turning money into miracles.”