November 15, 2010


 Sizable financial donations benefit Illinois

Posted Nov. 1, 2010

Three major gifts to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus totaling more than $2 million will benefit programs at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The UI Foundation made the announcement Oct. 1 in a press release.

A $1 million bequest from Dr. Sheldon B. Rubin and his wife, Paulette, of Wilmette will establish a professorship in veterinary leadership and communication and an endowed seminar series, both named in their honor.

Dr. Rubin, who graduated from the college in 1968, recently retired after 40 years of practice in Chicago.

An estate gift of $1 million from Robert and Jean Gernon of St. Charles will create an endowed fund to support companion animal research and emergency medicine at the college. The Gernons learned of the college's mission by working with Illinois veterinary graduates.

The veterinary college will also share in an estate gift from Louis Mund of East Carondolet. It will support an endowment for field studies in archaeology and an endowment for cattle research, both named in his honor. Mund, like the Gernons, has had a long association with UI veterinary alumni, many of whom cared for his pets and livestock.