A Generous Surgeon Leaves a Lasting Legacy
Respected for his skill by other physicians and hospital staff, patients knew him as a dedicated doctor who was always available when needed.
His wife, Leah, and daughters knew him as a devoted husband and father who made the best use of the time he had with his family, since he was frequently at the hospital during meals and family events.
During holidays, the Blair family home was often filled with medical residents from foreign countries. Don wanted to make sure the residents had a place to be and Leah was well known for being a wonderful cook. Don was passionate about teaching and mentoring medical students and they enjoyed his amazing sense of humor.
Iowa Methodist Medical Center (IMMC) also benefited from Don and Leah's generosity. Shortly after Don started his private practice in 1951, the Blairs began giving and continued for the next 60 years. Leah and Don set up charitable trusts during their lifetime, and Leah's trust helped buy new lifesaving cancer equipment in 2004.
One month before Don passed away on June 29, 2012, IMMC received a very generous and unexpected gift of stock from him. His daughters, Barbara and Linda, explained that Don had set up a charitable remainder trust, in the hope that it would eventually benefit his favorite charities at a certain level. When it became clear that the trust would not reach his desired level for IMMC, Don decided to make up the difference before he died. Throughout their lifetimes, including their charitable trust, the Blairs generous contributions to IMMC make them one of the largest physician family donors ever.
IMMC was blessed to know Don, a skilled and generous physician, philanthropist and friend. We are grateful for his lifetime of dedication to patients and Iowa Methodist. In addition, we thank his daughters, Barbara and Linda, for helping their father give back to the charities that were such an important part of his life.
To learn how you can leave your own legacy, please contact Don Ireland-Schunicht at firstname.lastname@example.org or (515) 241-6304 or Caleb Hegna at email@example.com or (515) 241-5938.