When the School of Medicine enrolled its first class of medical students in 1977, G. Cameron "Cam" and Elizabeth "Betty" Todd, University Class of 1950, established the Todd Medical Education Endowment Fund, the school’s first endowed fund, that same year.
"The dean at the time, [Dr. Ron McDonald], asked me if I would help support the medical school, and I told him I would be more than happy to do what I can," said Cam Todd, a retired Merrill Lynch executive. "The school was new so they needed a lot of things to get started. The discretionary funds were used for operational expenses or to buy supplies and any other things the school needed."
In 1984, the Todd Medical Education Endowment Fund was changed to the Todd Medical Scholarship to provide more direct assistance to students. With the longest history of giving to the School of Medicine, the Todd’s scholarship has allowed 114 physicians and doctors in training.
"Betty’s mom was a nurse. My mom was a nurse. My brother is a doctor—so you see, we have a great affinity toward medicine because it has been a great part of our lives," said Todd.
Over the years, the Todd’s have played a major role in the advancement of the University and the School of Medicine while being outstanding examples for others to emulate. In addition to continuing to support the medical school through the scholarship, the Todd’s are proud Senior Mentors to medical students, Robby Richter and John Skaggs.
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