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Spaniel Spurs $5 Million Cancer Research Gift

Major gifts to MU fund cancer research, scholarships.

Cottrell and Kay Fox

Cottrell and Kay Fox, along with their dogs Panda and Rufus, gave more than $5 million to the MU College of Veterinary Medicine Feb. 11. Photo courtesy of the Foxes.

An English springer spaniel named Molokai first brought Cottrell and Kay Fox into contact with MU’s comparative oncology research in 2001. A new drug at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine helped the family pet fight her battle with cancer. Six years later, when Kay’s father needed cancer treatment, they were back at MU using the same drug, which had since been cleared for use in people.

On Feb. 11, 2013, the couple announced a planned estate gift of more than $5 million for comparative oncology research and an endowment for companion animal medicine. Comparative oncology research links scientists, veterinarians and physicians in developing therapies and cures for people and animals with naturally occurring cancer. Cottrell, BJ ’71, and Kay established the endowment to honor their family veterinarians, Fred Bendick, BS Ag ’68, DVM ’70, and James Schuessler, DVM ’82.  Other recent gifts to MU include:

  • $2 million in unrestricted support from Enterprise Holdings Foundation, announced April 23;
  • $1 million from Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund, given Feb. 8, for the Trulaske College of Business;
  • $2 million from the late Donald S. Mozley Jr., BJ ’42, given Dec. 26, 2012, for the Donald S. Mozley Journalism Scholarship Fund;
  • $1.4 million from the late George E. Chambers, BS EE ’55, given Dec. 20, 2012, for the George E. Chambers Endowed Scholarship Fund;
  • $6.4 million from Pro Energy Services, given Dec. 20, 2012, for athletics facilities;
  • $1.8 million from Lucy J. Fields, BS Ed ’68, of Berkeley, Calif., given Oct. 10, 2012, for the Lucinda M. and Robert G. Fields Endowment Fund; and
  • $1.3 million estate gift from Charles Mitchell of Pleasant Hill, Mo., given July 31, 2012, for the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Silent Partners Pet Care Fund.