Historic gift prompts renaming of UVM College of Medicine

Excitement spread quickly across campus in September as news broke that the University of Vermont was renaming its College of Medicine after receiving the largest gift ever to a public University in New England. The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont was christened to honor the countless contributions and longtime support of alumnus Robert Larner, M.D. and his wife, Helen.

The announcement coincided with the Larners’ estate commitment of an estimated $66 million. This pledge brings their lifetime giving to UVM close to $100 million.

“Today, we stand at a defining moment in the history of this great university as we celebrate the goal we’ve shared with Dr. Larner for years – to be recognized as second-to-none in medical education,” said Tom Sullivan, president of the University of Vermont.

“I’m humbled that The University of Vermont has decided to name the medical college in my honor, but I’m equally grateful for the opportunity to impact the future of medical education,” Larner said.

A native Vermonter, Larner received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from UVM, in 1939 and 1942, respectively.

Learn more about the Larner College of Medicine.