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New endowed chair at NCCC

Preston Kelsey '58, Virginia Rice Kelsey '61S, and Mark Israel
Left to right: Preston Kelsey '58, Virginia Rice Kelsey '61S, and Mark Israel

The Reverend Preston T. Kelsey '58 and his wife, Virginia Rice Kelsey '61S, have made a $5 million commitment to endow a new chair at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). The Preston T. and Virginia R. Kelsey Distinguished Chair in Cancer will support the work of NCCC Director Mark Israel in his fight to understand, treat, and prevent cancer. Preston Kelsey has been a member of the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and a longtime supporter, with his wife, of the annual Prouty Century Ride and Fitness Walk. He is the retired director of the Board for Theological Education. Virginia Rice Kelsey is an internationally known sculptor who did graduate work at Dartmouth with Paul Sample and Richard Wagner, earning the designation of special student in the Class of 1961.

This is the fourth endowment the Kelseys have made to the Dartmouth community. In addition to the NCCC gift, they have endowed programs at the Tucker Foundation, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts.

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Last Updated: 5/30/08