Dream Fulfilled: Frantz Donation a Game Changer for UI’s College of Nursing
University of Iowa nursing college gets $5.25 million from former dean
By Vanessa Miller | The Gazette | 12/16/2016
Long before former University of Iowa College of Nursing Dean Rita Ann Frantz died, she and her husband wrote into their will a UI donation supporting an endowed chair.
As their funds grew over the years — through monthly contributions and wise investments — the couple discussed supporting a College of Nursing professorship as well. But it wasn’t until after Frantz at age 68 passed Sept. 7 that her husband realized they had enough to support the professorship, two scholarships, and two endowed chairs.
When David Frantz told UI Foundation representative Dayna Ballantyne about the $5.25 million gift he wanted to make on his wife’s behalf, he said Ballantyne was speechless. Then she told him Rita Frantz, while dean, had set a goal of getting two endowed chairs for the nursing faculty.
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