The Figgie Foundation has made a $1.5 million gift to endow the Harry E. Figgie III, M.D. Professorship in Orthopaedics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
The chair memorializes Harry E. Figgie III, M.D. who died in 1999. Figgie was a 1979 graduate of the School of Medicine and an orthopaedic surgeon at University Hospitals, specializing in joint replacement. He was also an industrial entrepreneur, having served as vice chairman of technology and strategic planning of the Willoughby, Ohio-based Figgie International Inc. He was the son of its founder, Harry E. Figgie, Jr.
Prior to attending the School of Medicine, Figgie III received degrees in biomedical engineering and industrial engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was also an avid sportsman and excelled in a range of athletics including tennis and baseball.
This leadership-level gift to Case Western Reserve is from the Figgie Foundation, a private foundation based in Pepper Pike, Ohio.
"This new chair reinforces the importance of recruiting and retaining stellar research faculty who will take medical innovation and education at the School of Medicine to even higher levels of excellence," said Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the School of Medicine.
The Figgie family commitment to the Department of Orthopaedics and the School of Medicine ensures continued recruitment and retention of preeminent faculty members in orthopaedics, while assuring the advancement of the science and improvements to patient care.
"Harry was a remarkable person who made significant contributions to our profession," said Randall E. Marcus, Charles H. Herndon Professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics. "His love and enthusiasm for orthopaedic surgery was obvious to his colleagues, friends and patients. We are very grateful to the Figgie family for their generous gift that has allowed us to create this professorship as a lasting tribute to his legacy."
The Department of Orthopaedics is commissioning a portrait of Figgie III that will be prominently displayed so that future generations will remember his contributions to orthopaedics.