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UW-Madison Veterinary School Receives Large Inheritance
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/09/2008

A long-time supporter of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine has passed away, leaving the program $6 million in her will. The school says Milwaukee native Barbara Suran became ill with cancer and passed away last month--just three months after signing an agreement to fund the Barbara A. Suran Oncology Research Institute with her estate.

"We've lost a wonderful friend and supporter," said Dr. Daryl Buss, the school's dean. "The day she signed the agreement, Barbara was smiling from ear to ear, knowing the creation of the Oncology Research Institute would be the first of its kind at a school of veterinary medicine. Barbara's institute will be a model for the country, but its creation happened too soon."

Suran's decision to leave her estate to the school was based on her lifelong interest in science and medicine, both veterinary and human, along with the first-hand experience of losing two of her beloved standard poodles to cancer. After her poodle, Jamie, died of osteosarcoma in October 2007, Barbara heard about a dog in California that recovered from the same cancer after being given a new drug.

"I'm hoping Wisconsin can become the leader in cancer research," Barbara told the school. "I'd like my gift to make Wisconsin number one in this field, and to benefit both dogs and people."

While the gift itself will not be available to the school for another year, it will create an endowed chair in oncology and will provide the chair with a $3.5 million endowment for oncology research.

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