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Planned gift helps medical students

Emily Gates, M.D.

Dan Falvey, a third-year medical student at the University of Minnesota, wants to help others through mission work. Thanks to scholarship support, he’s coming closer to reaching that dream every day.

“I think health care providers can help people in a way that no one else can,” says Falvey, who is considering emergency medicine as his specialty. “My wife is finishing a master’s of nursing program, and one of our goals is to do medical mission work together.”

Making dreams like that possible is just what Emily Gates, M.D., Medical School Class of 1939, had in mind when she established a charitable remainder trust with the Minnesota Medical Foundation (MMF) in 1991, funded by the gift of a Florida condominium. The trust would provide payments to Gates for life, and afterward the remaining assets would be used to create the Dr. C.E. and Inez Gates Endowed Scholarship, in honor of her parents. Then, in 2004, Gates choose to activate the scholarship during her lifetime by contributing her quarterly trust payments to MMF.

Gates, who passed away in March 2010 at the age of 96, grew up in Goodhue, St. Paul, and Anoka, Minn. Her father, C.E. Gates, was a member of the Medical School’s Class of 1904. A prominent physician and surgeon, he started the Gates Hospital in Anoka in 1921 with his wife, Inez, and was an active community volunteer. He died after a brief illness at age 55.

Emily Gates was the first woman intern at what was then St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. She went on to work with the Sister Kenny Infantile Paralysis Program before practicing medicine for 20 years in Stockton, Calif.

Throughout her career, Gates provided medical treatment for children with sickle cell anemia and newborn metabolic diseases. She was a pediatric consultant and director of maternal and child health for the Florida Board of Health, and was instrumental in the adoption of Florida’s first childcare licensing law. For more than 15 years, she also played Mrs. Claus for children at a local daycare center in Jacksonville, Fla. But Gates was most proud of the scholarship she established at the University of Minnesota. To date, five medical students, including Falvey, have benefitted from her scholarship.

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