Health Sciences Library Receives First Endowment

October 13, 2004

Contact:          Luke Frank, Senior Public Affairs Representative, 272-3679


ALBUQUERQUE The UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center received a surprise gift on its 40th birthday - a collection of historical medical books and a $10,000 endowment from George and Mary Voelz.

George Voelz, M.D., who died last year, was an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Radiology, but is perhaps better known for his work as Health Division Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Prior to Voelz's death, he and his wife prepared a trust to donate his entire collection of the Classics of Medicine Library - nearly 200 books - to the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center (HSLIC).

As part of its 40th anniversary on October 15, the HSLIC will dedicate the George L. and Mary W. Voelz Collection of historical and medical books. "It's truly an honor for us to receive this priceless collection of extremely rare materials," remarks Holly Buchanan, Health Sciences Library Director and Associate Vice President for Knowledge Management and IT. "Moreover, we are thrilled to have received our first-ever endowment, which in part will be used to continue a subscription to this wonderful collection of works."

The Voelz Collection will be housed in the HSLIC and allowed to circulate internally. A dedication reception is scheduled for Friday, October 15, in the UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center as part of the Health Sciences Center's 250 Years of Excellence celebration. For more information on the collection, call 272-0634.

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