The center, currently in Wherry Hall, contains a rare books library, archives of prominent biomedical researchers and a large collection of historical medical instruments.
"The generosity of Mrs. Lucas and Dr. Daniel Lucas will help create an exceptional space that will house UC's renowned medical history collections and museum pieces, including some of Dr. Lucas' historical pieces," says Henry Winkler, PhD, president emeritus at UC and chair of the Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center Advisory Board. "The center is an important resource for health professionals and is currently used by researchers worldwide."
"We're grateful for the Lucas family gift and their goal of preserving Cincinnati's rich medical history, while honoring a man who profoundly loved science and was committed to caring for the people of our community," adds Jack McDonough, MD, associate professor of clinical surgery at UC and chair of the center's renovation fundraising committee.
Prior to his death in 2005, aged 76, Dr. Lucas donated his early X-ray tubes and radiological equipment to the Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center. They remain on permanent loan to the center and will be displayed in the new facility.
"The family is pleased to honor Stanley's memory. He had a special affinity for the UC College of Medicine and, in particular, its Medical Heritage Center," says Mrs. Lucas. "He believed in preserving and showcasing the contributions of Cincinnati physicians to medical progress."