The has announced a $19.7 million gift, including cash and property, from alumnus Dr. Robert Larner and his wife, Helen, in support of medical education at its .
Made as part of the university's $500 million Move Mountains campaign, the largest gift in UVM history includes commercial property valued at $18.7 million that will be held and managed by the , with the income it generates directed to the college's medical education programs. A $1 million cash donation was also included in the gift.
Born in Burlington, Robert Larner graduated from UVM in 1939 and received his medical degree from its College of Medicine in 1942. After World War II, Larner built a successful medical practice in Los Angeles. He was recognized with the UVM Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award in 2013 and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the medical school in 2014. With their latest gift, the Larners' lifetime giving to UVM now tops $33 million, making them the most generous supporters of the medical college.
"We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Larners and their commitment to ensuring that medical education at UVM is truly second to none," said the university's president, Tom Sullivan. "This is the quintessential story of a local boy who became successful and is sharing his good fortune with the university that gave him his start."