Longtime supporters of the University Karen Webb Sutherland ’61N, P’85 and her husband, Robert M. Sutherland ’66M (PhD), P’85 have committed $1 million to fund an endowed scholarship and an endowment for research and technology commercialization. 

In honor of Karen’s 50th Reunion, the Karen Webb Sutherland ’61N, P’85 and Robert M. Sutherland ’66M (PhD), P’85 Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund will boost scholarships and financial aid for students. “Having been the recipient of an alumni scholarship as a student, I realize the great impact this kind of assistance can have” Karen notes.The Robert M. Sutherland ’66M (PhD), P’85 and Karen Webb Sutherland ’61N, P’85 Endowed Medical Technology Development Fund – established in memory of Robert’s brother Pierce – will be competitively awarded to faculty of the School of Medicine and Dentistry to provide gap funding for discoveries and emerging technologies before they are ready for commercially motivated investment. “This is an investment that Karen and I hope will impact Rochester for many years to come,” said Sutherland.  

Charter Members of the George Eastman Circle, Karen and Robert Sutherland have been generous and steadfast supporters of the University. They are also members of the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Cabinet. Karen Webb Sutherland is a past member of the School of Nursing Dean’s Advisory Council and was also active in the School’s Future of Care campaign. Bob is a former member of the URMC faculty, who served on the School of Medicine and Dentistry’s Alumni Council and currently serves on the School’s National Council. Currently, Bob is Senior Investment Officer for the Ontario Institute for Cancer research. The Sutherlands live in Menlo Park, CA. 

Click here to read more about the Sutherlands’ gift commitment.