Ed Cox established the endowment in 1984 in honor of his wife, who succumbed to ovarian cancer. Mr. Cox helped inspire more than 400 additional contributions to the endowment. A significant portion of these contributions came from Ann and Ed’s children, who have given generously to the endowment.
As a gift for his 90th birthday, Ed’s children made additional contributions to push the endowment past its initial target value. Three decades after its establishment, the market value of the Cox Chair has nearly doubled.
The Cox Chair has supported some of the top ovarian and breast cancer researchers for 30 years. Most recently, the current chair holder, Robert Coleman, M.D., has developed a translational pipeline for novel treatments. Therapeutic discoveries are moved efficiently from the lab to the clinic.
“The endowment allows us to take on projects that have potential to turn into much bigger things," Coleman says. "We’re able to consider exploratory, high-risk, high-reward projects. These are otherwise very difficult to fund through other mechanisms. These projects can lead to huge breakthroughs.”
You can establish a chair for a minimum of $1,000,000, a distinguished chair for a minimum of $2,000,000 or a distinguished university chair for a minimum of $3,000,000.
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