Major Bequest to Rheumatology Fellowship Program

Mary L. Bowerman, PhD, of Lafayette, California, believed strongly in the importance of the UCSF Rheumatology Fellowship Program for training talented young physicians to be world-class rheumatologists and arthritis researchers.

Upon her death at age 97 in August 2005, the Division of Rheumatology became the beneficiary of $710,000 from a life-income trust Dr. Bowerman had established 15 years earlier. An endowment fund, named in her honor, has been established with her gift, and income from the fund will help support physicians in the esteemed program.

Dr. Bowerman was a long-time donor to the Rosalind Russell Medical Research Center for Arthritis and had made another major gift in 1985. "Since it is a challenge almost every year to find adequate funding for all the Fellows in our program, Dr. Bowerman.s gift is particularly meaningful and we are very grateful for her foresight and generosity," said Dr. Ephraim P. Engleman, Center Director.

A Canadian by birth, Dr. Bowerman earned a PhD in botany from UC Berkeley in 1936. In addition to her commitment to arthritis, Dr. Bowerman was concerned about preserving open space on Mount Diablo, near her home in Contra Costa County. She co-founded the nonprofit organization called Save Mount Diablo in 1971 and, over the years, was instrumental in helping expand the public lands on Mount Diablo more than twelve-fold.

(Published June 2006 in Arthritis Progress Report, the newsletter of the Rosalind Russell Medical Research Center for Arthritis. To be added to our mailing list, please send us a note with your name and address to Your information will not be shared with any other organizations.)

Dr. Bowerman's gift strengthens UCSF's world acclaimed program in which talented young physicians are trained to be rheumatologists and arthritis researchers.

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