When the School of Medicine enrolled its first class of medical students in 1977, G. Cameron "Cam" and Elizabeth "Betty" Todd, University Class of 1950, established the Todd Medical Education Endowment Fund, the school’s first endowed fund, that same year.
"The dean at the time, [Dr. Rod McDonald], asked me if I would help support the medical school, and I told him I would be more than happy to do what I can," said Cam Todd, a retired Merrill Lynch executive. "The school was new so they needed a lot of things to get started. The discretionary funds were used for operational expenses or to buy supplies and any other things the school needed."
In 1984, the Todd Medical Education Endowment Fund was changed to the Todd Medical Scholarship to provide more direct assistance to students. With the longest history of giving to the School of Medicine, the Todd’s scholarship has allowed more than 120 physicians and doctors in training to realize their professional goal.
"Betty’s mom was a nurse. My mom was a nurse. My brother is a doctor—so you see, we have a great affinity toward medicine because it has been a great part of our lives," said Todd.
"One student said to me, ‘Your scholarship means the difference between me eating and not eating.’ That lets me know that the scholarship is the right thing to do. It means a lot to the students," Todd said.
Mr. Todd passed away in April 2013 but the Todd Memorial Scholarship will continue to enrich the educational experience of medical students for generations to come.
Cam and Betty Todd have played a major role in the advancement of the University and the School of Medicine while being outstanding examples for others to emulate.