The UIC School of Public Health received its largest gift from an individual in its history from Dr. Paul Levy and Ms. Virginia Tomasek. Dr. Levy was a renowned scientist, esteemed professor, mentor, and friend to many in the school’s community. He was a founding faculty member and the first director of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
“I feel this gift is a clear example of Paul and Virginia’s leadership and a capstone to the legacy they worked to build over their lives,” said Dean Paul Brandt-Rauf. “I envision an impact so lasting that students and faculty members are celebrating this gift for generations to come. And, I hope it will serve as a reminder of how tremendously powerful planned giving can be.”
Dr. Levy and Ms. Tomasek’s gift will be used to support the school’s most valuable assets – promising students and outstanding teachers. Part of the funds will support a scholarship, benefiting multiple students per year. Another portion of the gift will create a professorship in his former department – The Paul Levy and Virginia Tomasek Professorship in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. It will ultimately help recruit and retain an exceptional teacher and researcher. “To honor Paul’s decades of dedication to teaching, we plan to use the remainder of the gift to support the school’s teaching endeavors,” said Dean Brandt-Rauf.
This gift comes just after the school established the UIC School of Public Health Legacy Society, a special group recognizing alumni, faculty, and friends who include the school in their estate plan. “In this first year, anyone who confirms a gift with the school will be a Charter Member, so I am thrilled to induct Paul and Virginia into this society,” explained Dr. Craig Hyland, assistant dean for advancement. “They join a group of over a dozen friends who are ensuring both the school’s and their legacy lives on.” Click here to read more.