The gift will go toward the Dolph Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories, a cancer research facility on Kansas University's West Campus.
A gift of nearly $18,500 for a new cancer-fighting facility at Kansas University was a Washington woman's way of honoring a long-standing friendship between her family and the Dolph Simons family of Lawrence.
The gift from Barbara Johnson Bishop of Longview, Wash., is helping to support the Dolph Simons Biosciences Research Laboratories. Bishop's father, C.B. Johnson, was the Simons family physician for a number of years.
The Simons Laboratories building is named for the late Dolph Simons, longtime Journal-World publisher, who served as chairman of the Kansas University Endowment Association from 1966 to 1972. The $8.95 million center is being financed by $4.9 million in grants from the National Cancer Institute and $4.05 million in state and private funds.
The new facility on KU's West Campus includes 22 laboratories for analyzing the breakdown of cancer-fighting drugs in the body and researching the most effective and safest ways to deliver drugs to the body.
"We are grateful to Barbara Johnson Bishop for her continuing generosity to the University of Kansas," Provost David Shulenburger said. "This most recent gift will further the vitally important research being conducted at the Simons Biosciences Laboratories."
Barbara Bishop was born into a KU family. Both her father, C.B. Johnson, and her mother, Blanche Lorimer Johnson, graduated from KU in 1916. Barbara Bishop was born in Kansas City. She grew up in Eudora and received her first KU degree in 1946. Two years later, she graduated from KU's physical therapy program. While at KU, Bishop was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.
Bishop began her physical therapy career at Wadsworth Veterans Hospital in Leavenworth then transferred to a veterans hospital in Portland, Ore. There she met her husband, Fred H. Bishop, a physician. Barbara Bishop retired from physical therapy work when she and her husband moved to Washington 42 years ago. She raised two sons, including 1979 KU graduate Brent Bishop, and participated for 14 years in the state medical auxiliary. An accomplished cook, she co-authored a cookbook called "Grand Slam." Her recipes were featured in Bon Appetit magazine.
The gift is being administered by the KU Endowment Association, an independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fund-raising and fund-management foundation for KU. Founded in 1891, the KUEA is the oldest foundation of its type at a public university in America and one of the largest.