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Release: Feb. 4, 2002
Leader in radiology and UI graduate endows medical scholarship
A pioneering radiologist once nominated for the Nobel Prize in medicine has
endowed a scholarship to benefit medical students at the University of Iowa,
his alma mater. Dr. Gwilym Lodwick of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., created the scholarship
that bears his name and honors his late wife, Maria Antonia "Toni"
The Dr. Gwilym Lodwick and Maria Antonia Lodwick Medical Scholarship was
established through a $60,000 gift to the UI Foundation. The first scholarship
was awarded near the end of the fall 2001 semester.
Dr. Robert P. Kelch, UI vice president for statewide health services, said
the Lodwick Medical Scholarship provides much-needed tuition support for promising
students and will help the college maintain and enhance its excellent reputation.
"Friends like Gwilym Lodwick are crucial to our efforts to make the
College of Medicine one of the top schools in the nation," Kelch said.
"His legacy to Toni will have a lasting impact on the university and
the college by ensuring students have access to the best medical education
Lodwick received his liberal arts degree in 1939, a medical degree in 1943
and completed his residency training in radiology in 1950, all at the UI.
Lodwick credits much of his success to his University of Iowa training and
his supportive wife.
"The quality of education I received from the University of Iowa College
of Medicine provided me with the foundation for a long and rewarding medical
career," said Lodwick, the son of a coalmining engineer and native of
Mystic, Iowa. "I wanted to honor Toni's memory and to recognize what
the University of Iowa did for me with a gift to support the next generation
of physicians. I am pleased my gift will provide an opportunity for deserving
students to study medicine at the UI."
Now retired, Lodwick continues to serve the medical community as honorary
radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and as professor emeritus at
the University of Missouri, where he worked nearly three decades.
Lodwick's revolutionary research in medicine began in 1964, when his work
with computers led to the development of an innovative program for bone tumor
diagnosis. One of his important contributions to the field of radiology was
the terminology he created to characterize bone lesions.
He has received numerous honors and awards and was nominated for the Nobel
Prize in medicine in 1975 for his research in imaging modeling and computer
diagnosis of bone tumors. The UI department of radiology named Lodwick a UI
Most Distinguished Alumnus for his contributions to medicine.
His medical career began at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa
City, following his military service in World War II. He later served at the
University of Missouri School of Medicine as chairman of the department of
radiology, dean of the school and acting director of the hospital. He held
many academic appointments, and also served as the medical director of Missouri's
Allied Health School and director of the Bone Diagnostic Center and Bone Tumor
Registry for the state of Missouri. He has written numerous articles and two
medical textbooks on the subject of radiology.
Maria Antonia Lodwick was the daughter of a distinguished Portuguese family
living in Lisbon. She was educated in private schools in Lisbon and in Paris,
France, and learned to speak several languages. She and Gwilym were introduced
to each other in London, and were married in 1970. After more than 30 years
of happy married life, Maria's abdominal discomfort led to the diagnosis of
pancreatic cancer, and ultimately to her death.
The Lodwicks supported numerous UI programs. Gwilym Lodwick is a member
of the Presidents Club of the University of Iowa, the university's honor club
recognizing its most generous contributors, and the UI Alumni Association.
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. For more information
about the UI Foundation, visit its web site at www.uiowafoundation.org.