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Vol.25, No. 20 Apr. 14, 2000

Nursing School Receives Largest Individual Gift

By Jason Hollander

Mary Dickey Lindsay has given the Columbia University School of Nursing $1 million dollars, the largest gift ever by an individual or an alumna. The gift will be used to help establish the school's new Mary Dickey Lindsay Endowed Chair.

For Lindsay, a 1945 graduate of the School of Nursing, the donation represents decades of extensive and extraordinary volunteer service. Her work started in the early sixties when she helped establish Huntington Hospital's first volunteer program for Auxiliary Services, for which she was also served as president.

Later in her career, Lindsay was president and Chairman of the Board of Planned Parenthood of New York City for four years, served on their national Board for five years, and was the first recipient of the organization's National Volunteer Award in 1995. She spent 25 years as a Trustee of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, which named its Child Care Center after her in 1996.

Ever loyal to her alma mater, Lindsay served as a member of the Board of Visitors of the School of Nursing and was a founding member of Columbia and Presbyterian Hospital's School of Nursing Alumni Association. In 1998, Lindsay was the recipient of the School of Nursing's first Distinguished Alumna Award.

In a March 30 ceremony honoring Lindsay at Faculty House, President George Rupp said, "She has had a profound and lasting impact on those who need her most, and her magnificent gift is just the latest of her many contributions to Columbia Nursing. All schools need alums like her."

Mary O'Neil Mundinger, dean of the School of Nursing , agreed. "We have been fortunate, indeed, to have both her vision and energy working to extend and strengthen the Columbia University School of Nursing," she said. "Mary Dickey Lindsay has made a life-long, passionate commitment to empowering and enriching the lives of women, especially those who are underserved and vulnerable."