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Release: Oct. 11, 2001
Whitebook gift provides cardiac defibrillators on University of Iowa campus
IOWA CITY, IowaThrough generous gifts in memory of University of Iowa
alumnus Maynard "Moe" Whitebook, the family and friends of this
1950 economics graduate have made possible the purchase of two cardiac defibrillators
for his alma mater. The life-saving medical equipment, located in the UI's
Hancher Auditorium and John Pappajohn Business Building, will provide a valuable
public service on campus.
"We felt these defibrillators would be a wonderful way to remember
my husband and to help save lives," said Janet Whitebook, a 1952 UI graduate
in speech pathology and audiology.
The family plans to continue placing defibrillators in appropriate campus
settings through the Moe Whitebook Memorial Fund at the University of Iowa
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), sudden cardiac arrest
affects about 1,000 Americans each day. The AHA cites early cardiopulmonary
resuscitation and rapid defibrillation as the two major contributors to survival
among adult cardiac-arrest victims. Defibrillation is a process in which an
electronic device, called an "automated external defibrillator,"
administers an electric shock to reestablish normal contraction rhythms in
a heart that's not beating properly.
Moe was a native of Iowa City, which is where he and his wife, Janet, raised
their four children. After serving in the Navy during World War II and graduating
from the UI, Moe found success in his clothing store, Moe Whitebook's, and
also in his real estate career.
The couple eventually moved to Marco Island, Fla., where Janet Whitebook
still resides. Moe Whitebook was a broker and salesman for Coldwell Banker,
McFadden & Sprowls on Marco Island. He also served on the Marco Island
Board of Realtors and sat on the board of trustees for the Jewish Congregation
of Marco Island.
Until his death in 1999, Moe Whitebook was a member of the Presidents Club
of the University of Iowa, and he is now a member in memoriam. Janet Whitebook
also is a member of this high-level honor club, which recognizes the UI's
most generous contributors.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions to
all areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends
to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities improvements,
equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives. To learn more about
the UI Foundation, visit its web site at http://www.uiowafoundation.org.