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BRIDGE - Fall 2009, Volume 27, #1

Donor Profiles

Progress Review: The Reaching Higher Initiative Moves Forward and Support for UMD Grows

Bruce Warren | Lea and Tom LeNeau | Marguerite Gilmore | Dot and Moy Gum | Maurices and LSBE | Honoring Chancellor Martin |

Bruce Warren

A Special Gift from Doctor, Researcher, Husband, and Volunteer: Bruce Warren

The list of accomplishments earned by Bruce Warren ’'49 is more than impressive. It is phenomenal. Any one of his achievements would be enough for one person in a lifetime. He has a B.A. in Zoology from UMD, an M.S. and a Ph.D. And yet to hear him tell the story, these are perfectly reasonable events that follow a logical sequence.

It was when Bruce did his first medical internship and surgery residency that things got exciting. Bruce, who married his high school sweetheart, A. Jane Berry, already had four children by that time, so he needed to support his growing family. An internship and general surgery residency in the Air Force offered him support as well as a challenge.

Bruce had completed stints in China and the Pacific with the Marines in WWII. During his year of surgery training, one of his patients was one of the original seven Project Mercury astronauts and another was Hubertus Strughold, the so-called “"Father of Aerospace Medicine." Meeting these pioneers whetted Bruce's appetite for research in aerospace medicine.

He requested a transfer and found himself chief of the USAF Aerospace Medicine Weightlessness Section. Bruce informed his superiors he didn't know anything about weightlessness and the answer was, “"Neither does anyone else".”

His work with weightlessness led Bruce to become an aerospace research flight surgeon, earn board certification in aerospace medicine, and conduct research he called, “"More fun than work".”

Before the first manned space launches, Bruce studied the physiological effects of weightlessness by flying zero gravity parabolic flight maneuvers in supersonic jet fighters. Conversely, he studied the effects of increased gravitational forces on the human body in his role as the first medical supervisor of the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine human centrifuge.

When the U.S. entered the conflict in Vietnam, the focus of Bruce's research changed. He flew on combat aeromedical evacuation flights to study lifesaving equipment.

One of his air missions involved very low level, slow flying aircraft. These flights subjected aircrews to severe ground fire with insufficient body armor. Bruce worked on a two-person team to design aircrew armor that would protect a pilot's upper torso, head, and neck. He field tested the first three prototypes in Vietnam and on his last mission, while wearing old armor, he was wounded in the face. The perfected armor was put into production and was credited with saving many lives.

The next phase of Bruce's career found him attached to the American Embassy in Brussels, Belgium. He managed Air Force research grants, traveling to meet with notable scientists in Europe, the Middle East, and India. But these administrative duties weren't’ enough of a challenge for Bruce.

Back in the states, this time as commander of the USAF Epidemiology Laboratory in San Antonio, he became involved in the early studies of drug addiction in Vietnam veterans and the relatively high rate of attrition among new Air Force recruits. These studies, along with Bruce's interest in brain biochemistry and human behavior, led him to an unusual step.

Even though he had attained the rank of full colonel, he returned to school to become a psychiatric medical doctor. He did his residency at the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio. During this time, he developed a special interest in biofeedback and other stress reducing measures. Five years after starting his residency, he became chairman of the Psychiatry Department, where he stayed until his Air Force retirement.

Following that retirement in 1980, he joined the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he continued his career in research, teaching, and clinical practice. His focus was on stress management and post-traumatic stress disorders.
He entered private practice for a short time and retired from that in 1994, but Bruce hasn't stopped making contributions to his community. He now serves on two non-profit boards, including one involving people with traumatic brain injuries.

As Bruce looked back on his time in Duluth, he decided to create a scholarship for biology students as a memorial to his wife. Bruce established a gift annuity, in which he will receive a guaranteed payment for the rest of his life and then after his death the scholarship will be established.

Bruce and Jane attended UMD together and were married after Bruce graduated. Jane finished her degree at the University of Minnesota graduating magna cum laude. “"Jane provided great support to me and our five children. I wasn't much help at home when I was a student, and I was frequently absent on military assignments," Bruce said. “"I couldn't have done it without her."”

When the children were older and more independent, Jane returned to school and earned an M.S.W. degree. She became a social worker in the field of mental disabilities. She and Bruce were married nearly 56 years before her death from an autoimmune disorder.

Bruce has chosen to sponsor biology scholarships in part because of Theron O. Odlaug, former head of the UMD Department of Biology. “"He was the best teacher I ever had and the first scientific researcher I ever worked with." Bruce said. “"He was a great inspiration to me, especially in my graduate work conducting parasitology research."”

It is clear how strongly Bruce feels about science and UMD. With the establishment of this scholarship, it is also clear how much he wants to honor the memory of Jane, his wife and partner of 56 years.

Two Retirements and Seven Careers: Lea and Tom LeNeau

Lea and Tom LeNeau

Tom LeNeau attended UMD at first to work toward his master's degree in education. While he was a UMD student, life delivered an interesting twist that has taken him to Minneapolis, Arizona, Colorado, and eventually back to Minnesota. Along the way, in Arizona, he met and married Lea who has joined him on a journey that continues today.

Tom attended St. Cloud State for his teaching degree and accepted his first position at Washington Junior High in Duluth. A couple of years into his six-year teaching stint, he became restless, “"It was a big world out there, and I wanted to see more of it," he said. He enrolled in the education graduate program at UMD.

Well on his way to finishing his master's degree, a career counselor encouraged Tom to take some accounting classes. He and Phil Friest, head of the accounting department, hit it off. “"I threw together my transcripts, took some classes in the summer and was able to work on my bachelor's degree in accounting as well as the graduate degree," he said. As Tom wound up his master's, Professor Fawzi Dimian offered Tom a position teaching accounting at UMD. That meant Tom wore two hats. He was an accounting instructor and an accounting student at the same time.

In the spring of ’'79, Minnesota accounting firms came to UMD for Career Day. They interviewed undergraduate students and joined the faculty, including Tom, for lunch. That evening Tom received word of a job offer that ultimately turned him away from an education career into the world of business. The Minneapolis accounting firm, Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, had offered him a job. Tom took it.

“"Deloitte assigned me to the regulated business area," Tom said. “"I spent almost all of my time working with Burlington Northern and Soo Line railroads."” After two years at Deloitte, Tom received his CPA license and moved to Scottsdale, Ariz.

During his 20 years in Arizona, six were spent working with real estate developments, and it was in Arizona where he met and married Lea. Some of the developments Tom was involved in included golf courses surrounded by homes. Since they were far from the city, they needed self-contained utilities, especially water and sewer facilities. “"That's when I discovered I liked the regulatory aspect of working with utilities," Tom said.

Even though he enjoyed real estate projects, Tom left the company. “"An opportunity came up to work for a utility named Black Mountain Gas," Tom said. He became president and CEO, and he learned a lot more about utilities. “"It's a balance," he said. “"Shareholders want a return on their investment but the utilities need to serve the public. Utilities are also a monopoly, so it's a trick to make all the players happy. There's never a dull moment."

After 12 years with Black Mountain Gas, Northern States Power bought out the company. Tom served as a consultant for the new owners for a year and then retired. However, a new opportunity presented itself and Tom's retirement turned out to be short lived.

A “"head-hunter" and the weather enticed Lea and Tom to move to Durango, Colo. where Tom took a job with Red Cedar Gathering, a large natural gas pipeline. “"I was with them about five years," Tom said. “"That's when we ‘'retired' again."

For his second retirement, Tom and Lea moved to St. Cloud, Minn. to help his mother move out of the house where Tom grew up. “"I'm happy to report that my mom is doing well," he said.

Lea is enjoying St. Cloud. She is the finance director for the foundation that assists the Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center. The 700-seat former vaudeville theater was built in 1921 and has undergone a pristine restoration. The theatre features plays, concerts, dance programs, and events. The Visual Arts Center offers exhibitions, classes and workshops for adults and children, and a retail gallery featuring artwork by regional artists. St. Cloud offers Lea a bit of permanence. Lea's father worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone. “"When I was growing up, we lived in a city for a maximum of four years at a time, often less," she said. Her childhood was spent in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. She was working in Arizona when she met Tom at a dinner party.

“"I'm not good at retirement," Tom said. “"In fact, I stink at it." When the private school, Rasmussen College, advertised a position, “"I thought that sounded pretty good," Tom said. “"I could teach a couple of classes. I'd wear a sports jacket with patches on the sleeves." But when the college administrators saw his resume, they asked him to join them on a full-time basis.

“"I went full circle," Tom said. “"I left St. Cloud to become a math teacher and now I am a math teacher again. Most of my students are serious nontraditional students. They remind me of myself."”

When the LeNeaus were in Arizona, they heard Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin talk about UMD's new buildings and student growth. “"It's simply amazing," Tom said. “"We were impressed by Kathryn because she believes in UMD; she fights for UMD and that means she can affect change."”

Now that they are back in Minnesota, they try and get up to Duluth whenever they can. “"I've been to other universities, but UMD was the one that gave me the most," Tom said. “"I got more career pop out of my accounting degree than any of my other degrees. It opened doors." Tom said the whole UMD experience was good for him, “"I had faculty who really cared about me. Frequently, they knew better than I did what would be best for me in the long run."

The LeNeaus strongly believe in education. “"Once you get it, no one can ever take it away from you," Tom said. “"UMD isn't the biggest school in the country, but I'd challenge anyone to find another school that tries harder. Now that Lea and I are at the point in our lives that we can start giving back, we are supporting UMD. It's making a difference in the lives of students, and it's the one place that means the most to us."

Marguerite Gilmore Gift Benefits Tweed Museum

Marguerite Gilmore

The Marguerite L. Gilmore Charitable Foundation recently named the Tweed Museum of Art sole beneficiary of a $3.2 million gift. The founder of this foundation, Gilmore was a native Duluthian and teacher for more than 23 years at schools in Wisconsin and Iowa, as well as Duluth's own Lincoln Junior High School where she taught art and English. After Gilmore retired from teaching, she enrolled in art classes at UMD and was a strong supporter of the Tweed Museum.

Gilmore created the charitable foundation as a permanent memorial to her brothers, George C. and Herbert R. Gilmore, and herself. She asked that the Tweed use her gift to acquire high quality artwork, especially three-dimensional pieces. It was her hope that the works of art added to the collection would aid in enriching the education of students at UMD and the Duluth community.

“"We are deeply grateful, and we honor the memory of Marguerite Gilmore for her wonderful generosity and her deep commitment to the enrichment of life through art,”" said Chancellor Kathyrn A. Martin. “"Through her munificent gift, the Tweed Museum of Art will further expand its fine collections and bring education, enjoyment, and inspiration to the students and the citizens of our entire upper Midwest region.”"

According to museum director Ken Bloom, the Tweed has begun acquiring high quality three-
dimensional works of art to add to its collection of more than 6,000 objects. “"The procurement process is always a very careful and selective one,"” said Bloom. “"Three-dimensional art is comprised of works of sculpture, ceramics, glass, and crafts —– and we will also include photography, because it was a favorite hobby of Miss Gilmore." In addition to photography, Gilmore loved sculpting, making ceramics, and fabricating large mobiles. She passed away in 2007 at the age of 101.

Moy and Dot Gum: Generous Hearts

Dot and Moy Gum on their wedding day.
Dot Gum and the scholarship recipient for 2008, Katelin Hoye.

They had a remarkable partnership that spanned 47 years. Together they shared a love for their four children —– Greg, Elinor, Aileen, and Joellyn, each other, and for education. Their partnership continues with the UMD Dr. Moy F. and Dorothy Lee Gum Scholarship. Their generous gift will aid and support UMD students for years to come.

The scholarship was awarded for the first time this year to Katelin Hoye. She is studying elementary education. The scholarship is open to full-time, undergraduate students entering their junior year and pursuing excellence in elementary education or school counseling. Students must have demonstrated academic achievement with an average G.P.A. of 3.0 or better, and they must demonstrate financial need.

According to Dorothy (Dot) Gum, Moy was deeply committed to improving the areas of elementary school counseling and educational guidance programs. He authored many of the state of Minnesota's policies. He also published numerous articles and books in the areas of educational psychology and counseling. In recognition for his work, Moy Gum received many awards, grants, and fellowships to further his research and writings in psychology.

Moy Gum obtained his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Chicago and came to UMD in 1956 to accept a position as an instructor in psychology and director of counseling services. After 34 years of teaching and research, in addition to maintaining a private counseling practice, Moy Gum retired as a professor emeritus at UMD in 1990. He died in 1997.

Dot graduated from UMD in 1975 with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. She obtained her nursery certification; then went on to earn her Master's degree in Education in 1984. She taught elementary education in the Duluth Public School System from 1976 to 1992.

She was an early president of the UMD Faculty Wives Club, which met for many years. She co-chaired the “"Learning Through the Arts" program for a year in the Duluth school system where she taught. Later she received the AFS Bush Foundation grant that allowed her to travel to Thailand for six weeks. “"It was a wonderful opportunity to learn and experience the culture and to teach English," she recalled.

After retirement, Dot's lifelong love of learning and education continued. She served as a docent at UMD's Tweed Museum of Art for several years. Since 1998, she lives between Duluth and Honolulu, Hawaii.

Moy and Dot's commitment to education was evident throughout their lives. Dot's hope is that this scholarship will help students complete their education at UMD, a place that has meant a great deal to her and Moy.

MAURICES AND LSBE: A Long Term Partnership

George Goldfarb and LSBE Dean Knudsen

In 1931 E. Maurice Labovitz started a women's fashion shop in Duluth. Today the organization has grown to over 725 stores in 44 states across the country. Despite Maurices national presence, they have maintained strong local support. Joel Labovitz ’'49 joined his father's company in 1950 and retired from Maurices in 1981. In 2003, Joel and his wife Sharon generously donated $4.5 million to UMD. The resulting Labovitz School of Business and Economics opened in 2008.

George Goldfarb ’'81 is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Maurices. In his 20-plus years with the company, he has held a number of positions. In his current role, he oversees finance and accounting, real estate, store design, facilities, purchasing, and store operations. In addition, he has management responsibilities for information technology, human resources, and logistics. Goldfarb recently became a member of the Board of Advisors for the Labovitz School of Business and Economics.

Goldfarb believes that education is fundamental to the success of any community. “"There are certainly positive correlations where areas with higher levels of education lead to a stronger sense of community. In addition to having an incredible pool of talent to choose from, it is important that we can all live a quality life inside as well as outside the walls of our workplace," he said.

Goldfarb is pleased with the relationship between Maurices and UMD, citing the quality of the students that come out of UMD and LSBE. “"UMD has provided a significant portion of our talented workforce at our home office, including the strong intern pool which benefits both the student experience and introduces talent to the Maurices environment,"” Goldfarb said. He added that Maurices “"works hard to ensure our interns enjoy their experience and that we are a preferred place to work, shop, and invest."

Numerous UMD alumni work at Maurices. “"We offer a great partnership for UMD graduates, and our associates certainly strive to give us their best. We have an outstanding workforce academically, ethically, and in the way they represent Maurices. All of these traits are factors of the quality college experience at UMD. It is important to have an excellent business school in the area and UMD and LSBE certainly accomplish that goal," Goldfarb stated.

Goldfarb noted that Maurices has been fortunate “"to be positioned well during this tough economic time. We believe in using the resources we have today to support our future success as well as the long-term success of the Duluth community," Goldfarb said. “"Quality education is imperative to the success of every business and resident in this region. We are proud to support UMD and the Labovitz School of Business and Economics, and we look forward to a partnership for many years to come."”


Honoring Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin

Many of you have been asking how to make a gift to UMD in honor of Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin and her tenure at the university. Thank you. There is a UMD Kathryn A. Martin Endowed Reaching Higher Scholarship (currently designated for theatre, jazz, and women's ice hockey) or you may wish to donate a gift to the UMD area of your choosing in honor of the Chancellor. Either way we welcome your special gift. Please use the enclosed envelope and indicate your donation is in honor of the Chancellor or make a gift on-line at

Again, thank you.


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