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(KSL News) -- A worker's touching story to his boss triggered a 22-million dollar gift today to the University of Utah School of Medicine.
Arthur Benning, the former president of Amalgamated Sugar, willed the money to the U before his death in 1990, apparently after a fellow worker had told him how the University Hospital had saved his three-year old daughter's life.
That colleague, the father of the little girl, was Allan Lipman.
Allan Lipman, Current President & CEO, Amalgamated Sugar: "Now, whether this was a Genesis for this gift or not is not important. What is important is that this very generous man, private man, mde this generous gift to this hospital."
The 22.5 million dollar gift will help recruit and retain top faculty members at the school of medicine. Annual proceeds will help fund the work of 12 people. Each will hold an H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair.