COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – An eastern Missouri woman has left a total of $1.3 million to the University of Missouri School of Medicine in honor of her husband.

The late Melna Bolm, of Warrenenton, first gave $550,000 to the medical school in 2003. She later added $550,000 to establish the George L. and Melna A. Bolm distinguished professorship in cardiovascular health. Her husband died in 2000 and Melna Bolm died in 2011.

Another $250,000 from her estate established a distinguished faculty scholar program in ophthalmology, also named for the Bolms.

Several administrators and relatives gathered Thursday at the Reynolds Alumni Center in Columbia to honor the contributions.

The Bolms were not Missouri alumni. A cousin, Bonnie Vahle, said the couple suffered from several health problems and Melna Bolm wanted to support medical research.

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