Former KU Med Center dean, husband leave $10 million to KU

A former KU Medical Center dean and her husband have left $10 million to the University of Kansas.

The gift from Stata Norton Ringle, a former dean of KU Med’s School of Allied Health (now the School of Health Professions), and her husband, David Ringle, a retired research physiologist who’d worked at the Midwest Research Institute, will go toward scholarships and to support libraries at the medical center and on the Lawrence campus.

“Stata Norton Ringle was a pioneer in her field and a role model for generations of students at the medical center,” Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said in a statement. “Through this generous gift they have left an enduring legacy that will benefit students.”

KU officials said the Ringles’ gift more than doubles the amount of scholarship money now available for students in the School of Health Professions.

The Ringles’ gift will count toward the university’s $2.1 billion fundraising campaign, “Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas,” managed by KU Endowment.

Money is not the only donation the university is receiving in the Ringles’ name. They also have donated their collection of medical and scientific books to the Clendening History of Medicine Library and other books to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

Before this latest gift, the couple over the years had given KU nearly $250,000.

Stata Ringle, who authored and co-authored more than 150 research articles had served the university in various capacities, including professor, beginning in 1962 until 1990.

The Ringles had been married for 62 years and died within three months of each other in 2012.