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St. Louis Area Couple Gives More Than $5 Million to Support Cancer Research, Companion Animal Medicine

Feb 13, 2013

St. Louis area couple, Cottrell and Kay Fox, have given an estate gift of more than $5 million to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine to honor the work of their family veterinarians James Schuessler and Fred Bendick, both university alumni. This gift will support an endowment in companion animal medicine that will directly effect cancer diagnosis in animal and human patients. This gift will contribute to the work of the Mizzou Advantage One Health/One Medicine initiative.

Story by MU News Bureau

Cottrell and Kay Fox, residents of Town and Country, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis, have given an estate gift of more than $5 million to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Through their generous gift, Cottrell and Kay want to recognize the work of their long-time family veterinarians James Schuessler and Fred Bendick from St. Louis, both alumni of the college.

“It gives us a great deal of pleasure to be able to give this gift to the university and the College of Veterinary Medicine as well as honor two great friends and veterinarians in James Schuessler and Fred Bendick,” Cottrell Fox said. “Our pets and our family have received great care and benefited a great deal from the important research being done at the university. Kay and I have been touched by cancer in many ways, through family and good friends, and our hope is that this gift will help stimulate more lifesaving research in the future.”

The Foxes’ gift will support an endowment in companion animal medicine in honor of their family veterinarians, Schuessler and Bendick. The gift also will fund studies in comparative oncology, which is research to develop therapies and cures for people and animals with naturally occurring cancer, as well as to enhance training for graduate students and veterinary oncology residents. More…