During this season of gratitude, the University of Illinois College of Medicine would like to extend a message of appreciation to our generous donors and friends who support our mission of inspired education, impassioned patient care and innovative discovery.

Inspiring philanthropy – it happens here.

On any given day, the people at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and UI Health help to change and save lives. Those who are affected often choose to make a difference themselves. And so, a chain of giving is forged, a phenomenon that builds over months and years.

It’s easy to rush past this, caught up in the demands of life. Yet when we pause to see and appreciate the impact, it’s amazing. It’s something to celebrate and recognize. For that, we show our gratitude to all of our donors who are inspiring philanthropy here at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

The Legacy of Raymond Nester Sweeney, MD ‘68
Opening doors for future leaders in medicine

Raymond Nester Sweeney, MD ’68, the son of a policeman, grew up in modest circumstances. He attributed his success as a radiologist to the “excellent, affordable education” that he received at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. In gratitude, he left his medical school alma mater one of the largest estate gifts in the College’s history. His gift was used to establish the Raymond Nester Sweeney, MD ’68 endowment fund, which supports medical excellence at the University of Illinois through student scholarships, educational innovation and faculty professorships.