Gifts to endow professorships are among the greatest gifts that any University can receive because they exist in perpetuity. They are extremely important resources that strengthen and secure the future of work being done throughout the University. In academia, professorships are among the most coveted and defining rewards that a faculty member can receive.

Richard T. Bell is celebrating his triumph over cancer with a gift of $1.5 million that will be used to establish the Richard T. Bell Endowed Professorship in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center. The gift is given in honor of Yuhchyau Chen, M.D., Ph.D., interim chair of the department and a professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, who treated Bell. It will be used to support research activities in clinical cancer and radiation oncology, and to retain and recruit new faculty to further strengthen the University’s contribution to the fight against cancer.