A former client of the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital has left a generous donation to the institution.
James Redhage, a lifelong resident of Pike County, Mo., and an animal lover, left a $3.4 million-dollar endowment to the veterinary college in honor of his dogs, Red, Pepper, and Pepper II. Redhage died in 2008 at age 69, but he formerly brought Red, an Irish Setter, to Mizzou for veterinary care. According to a university press release, Redhage was so pleased with the treatment and care given to his dog that he decided to donate to the college.
Redhage first established the Herbert G. and Velma G. Redhage Memorial Scholarship Fund at MU in 1989. Then, in 2008, he amended the fund to be specifically distributed to the veterinary college's residency fund. The endowment from Redhage's estate will go into that fund, according to a Dec. 17 announcement.
Redhage's gift will support the annual salaries of three senior residents at the veterinary college in addition to providing the awardees a $1,000 stipend for continuing education expenses. The chosen residents will be able to enhance their advanced veterinary training in a clinical setting and serve as teachers for veterinary students. The inaugural awardees are Drs. Meredith Thoen, Kerry Rissetto, and Dylan Buss.