$1 million to establish ophthalmology chair at Kansas

University of Kansas Medical Center (File Photo)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – A $1 million gift will allow the University of Kansas to endow a chair of ophthalmology at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

The school announced the gift Monday from Luther Fry, who graduated from the Kansas School of Medicine in 1967, and his wife, Ardis. They had previously donated $1 million to establish an endowed professorship to in the Department of Ophthalmology.

The additional gift will allow the medical center to elevate the endowed professorship to an endowed chair. Dr. John Sutphin currently holds the position.

The Frys established the Fry Eye Associates in Garden City. Their son, Eric, is an ophthalmologist there. He is a graduate of the Kansas School of Medicine in 2003 and completed his ophthalmology residency in 2007.

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