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A gift transfer was made to the Herzon Endowed Professorship Fund in the Department of Surgery at the UNM School of Medicine, as part of Maralyn Budke's wish to honor Otolaryngologist Fred Herzon, M.D.

The Maralyn Budke Endowed Fund was established and fully funded in 1999 at the UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC), and the spending allocation of the fund was divided between three areas on campus, including the UNM School of Medicine, Surgical Division.

This gift allocation has been a great source of pride for Budke because Herzon successfully diagnosed and treated her squamous cell carcinoma, a malignant cancer growth on her tongue, 11 years ago.

Herzon retired in late March 2004 from the UNM School of Medicine and a $250,000 endowed professorship, established in 1999, has been named for him in the ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgical division.

Herzon established the Otolaryngology Residency program at the UNM School of Medicine in1991. The residency program consists of a four-year program of progressive otolaryngology training with one or more years of prior general surgery experience. All areas of the medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the head and neck are covered. One resident is chosen each year at the second-year house officer level. One position is filled each year for a total of four residents in the program.

The Otolaryngology program uses the resources of UNM Hospital, including UNM Children's Hospital, VAMC and Lovelace Medical Center, as well as two private practice surgery services that afford specific exposure to otology/neurotology, including cochlear implantation and cosmetic or reconstructive facial plastic surgery.

The gift will last in perpetuity, as part of the endowment, to help the division grow by providing much needed funds to recruit surgeons in this specialty to serve the people of New Mexico.

Maralyn Budke served as chief of staff under former Republican Governor Garrey Carruthers, on the UNM Board of Regents, the Board of the State's Medicaid Advisory Group, and currently serves on the UNM Hospital's Clinical Operations Board. She has also been cited as the "first woman governor of New Mexico", thanks to her many contributions to the State in the political arena in the last forty years. Maralyn was also recently appointed to the Herzon Endowment Progress Committee to help raise theadditional $130,000 needed to fully fund the Herzon Endowment.