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Estate Gift Establishes Benbrook Professorship In College Of Veterinary Medicine

AMES, Iowa -- E. A. Benbrook was a member of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty for nearly 50 years. Now his name will be permanently connected to the college.

The Benbrook Professorship in Veterinary Medicine was established by Stanley C. Benbrook and Jane Stallings Benbrook, Buchanan Dam, Texas. Stan and Jane Benbrook are E. A. Benbrook's son and daughter-in-law.

The professorship was made possible by the Benbrooks' estate gift to ISU valued in excess of

$1 million. The professorship will be in either pathology or parasitology, said Richard Ross, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

"We're enormously grateful for this planned gift that will further strengthen our veterinary pathology department," Ross said. "Stan and Jane Benbrook are loyal supporters of Iowa State University and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Their generosity is a very fitting tribute to Dr. E. A. Benbrook and the Benbrook family."

Professorships are prestigious positions that help ISU attract and keep top faculty members, Ross added. The gift will provide a source of revenue to supplement college support for the teaching and research activities of the scholar who holds the professorship.

E. A. Benbrook was head of the Iowa State veterinary pathology department from 1919 to 1957 and continued to work on the faculty until his death in 1967.

Stanley Benbrook is a 1949 veterinary medicine graduate of Iowa State who spent most of his career in the Army Veterinary Corps. Jane Stallings Benbrook graduated from Iowa State in home economics (now family and consumer sciences) in 1941.

The Benbrooks also are providing other gifts to ISU. They are funding scholarships in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and the College of Design and are contributing to the renovation of the Gentle Doctor bas relief at the veterinary medicine building. They also are providing a piano to the College of Veterinary Medicine to honor Stan Benbrook's mother, Jessie W. Benbrook.

The gifts are part of Iowa State's $300 million capital campaign, Campaign Destiny: To Become the Best.