College of Veterinary Medicine
Receives $2 Million Gift From KC Couple
Tom and Betty Scott (left)
MU Chancellor Brady Deaton (right)
Tom and Betty Scott of Mission Hills, Kan.,
have given $2 million to the For All We Call Mizzou campaign
at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Their gift will benefit
the MU College of Veterinary Medicine.
"Tom and Betty Scott's generous gift illustrates their
enthusiasm for Mizzou," said MU Chancellor Brady Deaton.
"The Scotts' gift will help improve the training of future
veterinarians and the treatment of animals. We are very grateful
for their generosity."
The gift to the College of Veterinary Medicine will be placed
in an unrestricted excellence fund for use at the dean's discretion.
"A gift like this shows tremendous faith in the leadership
of the college and university,” said Dr. Cecil Moore,
interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “It
will clearly make a future difference by advancing the veterinary
college to a new level and providing flexibility for the leadership
of the college to address its greatest needs and opportunities
and to develop strategic priorities. All of us in the university
and veterinary communities are truly indebted to Tom and Betty
for their generosity and desire to make a lasting difference."
The Scotts are animal lovers and the proud owners of two toy
poodles, Rags and Nicole. Mrs. Scott also is an avid horsewoman.
Their involvement with the MU College of Veterinary Medicine
began shortly after they were married and their golden basset
hound, Smiley, received treatment for a broken vertebra. At
that time, there was little that could be done for dogs with
back injuries, but the Scotts were so impressed with the care
Smiley received and the kindness of the faculty that they
promised to someday repay the college.
Beginning in the 1980s, they began to fulfill that pledge
by giving $3,600, in memory of their toy poodle, Muffin, to
buy the college a needed ultra-low temperature freezer. The
Scotts continued to give to the college, equipping individual
equine clinical stalls and helping build the new teaching
hospital, Clydesdale Hall. In 1996, they pledged $550,000
to establish the Tom and Betty Scott Program in Veterinary
Oncology, a gift that strengthened an emerging effort for
veterinary and human medicine oncologists to collaborate on
research. In 2006, funds from the Scott Program allowed the
establishment of the Scott Cell Culture Laboratory for Comparative
Oncology Research, a laboratory designed to speed the culturing
of cells from tumors, which allows for faster and more accurate
diagnosis of many cancers and aids researchers in learning
how these diseases spread.
"We trust this commitment fulfills
the promise we made to Smiley and the College of Veterinary
Medicine many years ago," said Mr. Scott. "We're
happy to have this opportunity to honor our beloved dog by
helping other animals."
Mr. Scott attended MU on a football scholarship
and graduated in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in business.
After graduation, he began a career in insurance that lasted
more than 40 years. During his career, he developed a group
of companies that operated as the Insurance Management Corporation,
one of the top insurance and risk management firms in the
US, and he received national recognition in the areas of long-haul
trucking and childcare insurance. His company merged with
Arthur J. Gallagher & Company in 1996, and Mr. Scott retired
Mrs. Scott enjoyed a successful career in business management
after attending the MU School of Nursing from 1956 to 1958.
She and Mr. Scott met while studying at Mizzou and were married
three months after Mr. Scott's graduation.
The For All We Call Mizzou campaign has a goal of raising
$1 billion by December 2008. Reaching this goal will enhance
MU's ability to compete nationally and internationally for
the best students and faculty and will provide broad access
for students of all economic backgrounds to Missouri's flagship
University. The campaign has raised $752.2 million, which
is more than 75 percent of the $1 billion goal.
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