2-The Michigan Daily- Wedtesday, May 17,1995
Alumnus donates $3M for
Med School scholorship fund
By Marisa Ma
For the Daily
Following the recent donations of a
grateful University alumnus, the Medical
School will be able to provide more op-
portunities for faculty and students.
Alumnus Dr. J. Griswold Ruth and
his wife, Margery Hopkins Ruth, of Sun
City, Ariz. have established a charitable
remainder trust at the Medical School to
endow a professorship in internal medi-
cine and a scholarship fund for medical
students in need of financial assistance.
The faculty position will be called
the J. Griswold Ruth, M.D., and Margery
Hopkins Ruth Endowed Professorship in
The scholarship fund also will be
named after the couple.
In presenting the gift, Mrs. Ruth said
that the charitable act had been "great
fun" for her family.
"We've had it in the back of our
minds for some time to do this. We rec-
ognize the need to give support to medi-
cal students who need it," she said.
"The Medical School is tremen-
dously grateful to Griswold and Margery
Ruth for establishing these endow-
ments," said Medical School Dean Giles
G. Bole in accepting the gift. "Their gen-
erosity will create an enduring legacy in
their honor at Michigan, strengthening
the faculty and benefiting generations of
The Ruths have donated $3 million
invested in securities to the Medical
School. The interest would supply in-
come for the Ruths for the rest of their
lives, after which the funds will be given
to the Medical School. At that time, the
exact amount for the scholarship fund
and professorship can be determined.
The professorship presently requires
The trust is pant of the development
program Campaign for Michigan. The
campaign's goal for the Medical School
is to raise $250 million for support of
much-needed programs and facilities,
said Erica Hanss, the assistant to the
Medical School dean.
"The Medical School is running a
momentum program. People have do-
nated from $50 to these large amounts,"
"We're delighted with the gift and
hope more people would do things like
Dr. and Mrs. Ruth hail from Flint,
Michigan, where they both attended
Central High School. In 1933 and 1936,
Ruth earned his undergraduate and
medical degrees at the University.
Ruth completed his residency in in-
ternal medicine at the University and
continued as an internist in Benton Har-
bor. In 1976, he and his wife retired to
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Whitaker Jr. has told the Legislature that
if the University receives the 6-percent
increase, it would hold tuition at or be-
low the consumer price index, now esti-
mated at 2.8 percent.
The subcommittee's recommenda-
tion goes to the Senate Appropriations
Committee today and is slated for a full
Senate vote in late May or early June. If
the Senate ratifies the plan, a joint panel
of senators and representatives would
draft legislation to resolve differences
between the Senate and House bills.
The state House voted earlier this
month for a 3-percent increase in state
appropriations to the University.
"There's a long, long way to go," said
Vice President for University Relations
Walter Harrison, the institution's chief
lobbyist. "It's a very good bill, and I'm
hopeful it will pass. But there are a lot of
issues that will be negotiated
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The funding'increase is still jeopar-
dized by lawmakers' concerns over the
ratio of in-state to non-resident students.
House members raised the issue in deny-
ing the University any additional funding
before they voted earlier this month to
restore the money.
The University allowed non-resident
enrollment to climb to 33.4 percent this
year, above the 30-percent ceiling the
Legislature informally set in 1987.
While on the minds of many law-
makers, the enrollment issue is unlikely
to torpedo an appropriations bill, said
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"The in-state to out-of-state issue
should not even be linked to the base ap-
propriations," said Schwarz (R-Battle
Harrison and Schwarz agreed that the
University deserves the 6-percent appro-
priations increase because of an upturn in
Michigan's economy. The University
received a 2.3-percent increase last year,
following two years of flat funding.
"I felt that the 6 percent was a fai
and reasonable increase for 1995 under-
standing that the state's economy is rela-
tively strong," Schwarz said.
Even if the subcommittee's proposa
passes, the University may not receive
the full $297 million in state appropria,
tions the Senate Fiscal Agency antici-
pates under the bill.
Lawmakers learned Monday that
state revenues would be about $15.4 bil-
lion -down $47 million from a January
estimate. The loss will be spread across
the board, but could fall hardest on
higher education funding.
Schwarz said the state should ins
late itself from lower-than-expected rev-
enues by either requiring universities to
pay back some revenues at the end of the
year - which he deemed unlikely - or
drawing from the state's budget-stabili-
"I'm very confident that the money
will be there," he said.
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