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Annual Report on Giving

Establishment of memorial scholarships

In memoriam

Five memorial scholarships established this year honor the lives and the legacies of faculty, alumni and friends of our University.

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Vicki Wedel PhD Memorial Scholarship   

The Vicki Wedel PhD Memorial Scholarship is in memory of Dr. Vicki Wedel, who was a key faculty member for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and was well known for her forensic anthropology. She served in many leadership roles and was one of the most popular and successful faculty advisors ever. The scholarship will be awarded to a first-year WesternU COMP student with a GPA of 3.0 or greater with demonstrated financial need who excelled in first-year anatomy classes. The support for this new memorial scholarship from the COMP community has been wonderfully strong with over 50% funding already achieved towards the minimum endowment level of $20,000. 

 

David Shofler DPM Memorial Scholarship 

Dr. David Shofler earned his Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) degree in August 2013 from Western University of Health Sciences while serving as a Faculty Scholar at WesternU’s College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM). After earning his MSHS degree, Dr. Shofler immediately joined CPM as an instructor before quickly moving up the ranks to become an Assistant Professor of Podiatric Medicine, Surgery & Biomechanics, Director of Research and Director of Assessment. 

Dr. Shofler inspired CPM students to participate in the summer research fellowship and had the highest number of students participating from a college several times – 26 one year and 22 this year. His mentorship led to numerous publications with students. In addition, Dr. Shofler recently collaborated with Dr. Devendra Agrawal, Senior Vice President of Research and Biotechnology, in the publication of several articles. His passion and success in research has been passed on to many graduates of the college and will be sorely missed. 

Dr. Shofler passed away unexpectedly on the evening of Monday, May 10, 2021, and is survived by his wife Sarah and their three young children, Everett, Daphne and Hannah. 

The students adore him and upon learning of his passing created a memorial for him outside of his office and quickly volunteered to help his family. Faculty, staff, and graduates of the College have established the David Shofler DPM Memorial Scholarship in memory of Dr. Shofler to honor his passion for research and success in mentoring CPM students. It will be awarded to a fourth-year WesternU College of Podiatric Medicine student with a GPA of 3.0 or greater, with demonstrated financial need who excels at and enjoys research. 

CPM Dean Kathleen Satterfield summed up that “his reach is long and his influence indelible.” 

 

Dr. Ingrid Roberts-Terrell Memorial Scholarship 

CGN alumna Dr. Ingrid Roberts-Terrell (left) with CGN colleagues at WesternU’s 2019 A Tribute to Caring gala.

WesternU College of Graduate Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice alumna Dr. Ingrid Roberts-Terrell passed away unexpectedly in spring 2021. Although stunned by her early passing, the CGN community quickly came together with Dr. Roberts-Terrell’s family to establish the Dr. Ingrid Roberts-Terrell Memorial Scholarship Fund in her memory.   

Dr. Roberts-Terrell was a valiant advocate for higher education and service to underserved patient populations, serving in several educator and mentor roles during her nursing career, including leadership positions with Charles R. Drew University Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing, and West Coast University. The Dr. Ingrid Roberts-Terrell Memorial Scholarship will provide financial support to student nurses who are advancing their education in pursuit of improving health equity and access to care for vulnerable populations. 

“Any of Dr. Roberts-Terrell’s colleagues would say Ingrid had a spirit that was underpinned by supporting education through humanism, equality, and justice; and I wanted to help Ingrid’s family honor that spirit,” said Assistant Professor Bethany A. Thrasher, DNP, BSBM, RN, PHN, CNE, who was a longtime colleague and friend of Dr. Roberts-Terrell, and who quickly stepped up to support Dr. Roberts-Terrell’s family in their efforts to establish this scholarship. “Ingrid believed in developing one’s attitude and practice through the passport of education and held giving back to others in high regard. Ingrid understood the social and financial value that such efforts can provide.” 

The response to the establishment of the Dr. Ingrid Roberts-Terrell Memorial Scholarship Fund has been strong. The Fund has already received more than $10,000 in donations on the way to $20,000, at which point it can become endowed to honor Dr. Roberts-Terrell’s legacy in perpetuity. 

 

Howard Scalone DO Memorial Scholarship 

The Howard Scalone DO Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of one of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest’s earliest and most dedicated supporters. Dr. Scalone was an anesthesiologist at Eastmoreland Hospital, where he trained countless medical students and residents over the years, including most of the DOs now on faculty at COMP-Northwest. He rarely missed an interview day to help select the next class of students, and he cheered as each class graduated a few years later. Within the Oregon osteopathic community, Dr. Scalone was one of the giants, whose shoulders were always broad enough to carry many. His wisdom, dedication, kindness, intellectual curiosity, love for osteopathic medicine and all of our students and his love for his family will always be remembered. To honor Dr. Scalone and his commitment to COMP-Northwest, the Howard Scalone DO Memorial Scholarship shall be awarded to a COMP-Northwest student in good academic standing, who is committed to incorporating osteopathic manual manipulation (OMM) into their practice. With the assistance of his friends and family, the legacy of Dr. Scalone will always be a part of WesternU’s COMP-Northwest. 

 

Birdie Willis Memorial Scholarship

Long-standing Oregon osteopathic physician Birdie Eugenie Willis, DO, practiced for more than 30 years in the Woodstock region of Portland. She earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathy in 1968 and completed her internship at Portland Osteopathic Hospital.

“No one was ever refused service and I gave full service to the best of my ability,” Dr. Willis said in an interview published in 2012 on the Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of Oregon (OPSO) website. “I delivered babies, assisted in surgery and performed surgery, held hands and slapped them when necessary, and was available to my patients 24/7 until 2004.”

Answering to Birdie or Genie, Dr. Willis’s interests spanned from raising bees to women’s health and education. Dr. Willis gave not only her time back to her community, but contributed to scholarships for women in osteopathic medicine so she could help others who aspire to become osteopathic physicians, according to OPSO.

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and COMP-Northwest Dean Paula Crone, DO ’92, was one of Dr. Willis’ scholarship recipients as a fourth-year COMP student.

“She truly loved osteopathic medicine and was so proud when COMP-Northwest opened,” Crone said. “And she always, always supported students with scholarships.”

Dr. Willis passed away in December 2019. Her legacy of caring, compassion and mentorship will continue with her gift to WesternU to create the Birdie Willis Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund. This will fund Birdie Willis Memorial Scholarships for COMP-Northwest students.

“We will make sure her legacy is well honored and that those that are rising up behind her get the opportunities she spent her life working so hard for,” Crone said.