The has announced a $2.4 million gift from alumnus Mark McAndrew to create an endowed chair of oncology and support cancer research at the .
The gift includes $2 million to establish the Frances T. McAndrew Endowed Chair in Oncology, which is named for an aunt of McAndrew's who died of cancer and is expected to help the university attract and retain leading faculty and cancer researchers. The remaining $400,000 will be used to fund MU researcher Fred Hawthorne’s investigation of boron-neutron therapy as a treatment for cancer.
McAndrew, who graduated from MU in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, retired as chairman and CEO of , a holding company specializing in life and supplemental health insurance. To date, he has given more than $3.8 million to MU, including $1.4 million to fund the Clark County Flagship Scholarship, which provides four-year academic scholarships to MU students from Clark County.
"Frances was a tremendous person — truly a good soul — and it is a privilege to be able to make this gift in her honor," said McAndrew. "[Having grown] up in rural Missouri, I can say that rural Missourians have always looked to the University of Missouri health system as a source for care above and beyond the routine. Frances always spoke highly of the top-notch care she received at the , and I hope this gift will help continue to advance the premier research and care the MU health system provides."