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Marshall University receives $500,000 gift ;will be matched by WV 'Bucks For Brains' fund

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The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University received $500,000 from the Huntington Foundation Incorporated. The money will be used to create The Huntington Foundation Inc./Frank E. Hanshaw Sr. Endowed Chair of Geriatrics, according to a news release from Marshall University.

The gift is expected to be matched by the West Virginia Research Trust Fund, also known as Bucks for Brains. That will bring the total benefit to Marshall to $1 million. "I am very pleased the Huntington Foundation, in its quest to support health care and medical education in our community, has made this wonderful gift to our school of medicine," Shapiro said in a news release. "Research into areas like geriatrics and the aging process, which include such diseases as hypertension and diabetes, is pivotal to helping those in our state and Appalachia lead fuller and more productive lives. We are very grateful to the Huntington Foundation for its generosity and leadership in this area."

The endowed chair is named for the foundation and in memory of Frank E. Hanshaw Sr., who served Marshall University and the Huntington community for many years. He was a founder and past president of the Marshall University Foundation Inc., and also was chairman of the board of Huntington Wholesale Furniture Co.

Previous gifts from the Huntington Foundation include a $1 million contribution in 1988 that created the Frank E. Hanshaw Sr. Geriatric Center. Additional gifts include funding for Marshall University research and the endowed Edith M. Miller Memorial Nursing Scholarship.