UVM College of Medicine Changes Name Following Historic $66 Million Gift

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The University of Vermont College of Medicine is being re-named following an historic donation.

The school will now be called the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, after Burlington native Bob Larner and his wife, Helen, gave $66 million to the school on Friday.

Over the course of several years, the couple has donated about $100 million to the school. School officials say this money will help continue to make the College of Medicine innovative.

“Completing all of this, all encompassing transformation, will not be an easy or inexpensive task. That is why the Larners’ gift is so important to our college. It will fuel that transformation,” Rick Morin, M.D., Dean of the College of Medicine.

The donation is the largest gift to a public medical college in New England.

School official estimate the economic impact local and regionally will be more than $400 million annually in the state.

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