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Alum donates $5M to UofL dental school

Wayne and Sue Mortenson (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News) Wayne and Sue Mortenson (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News)
Dr. Wayne Mortenson (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News) Dr. Wayne Mortenson (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News)
UofL President James Ramsey (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News) UofL President James Ramsey (Source: Doug Druschke, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The University of Louisville School of Dentistry received the largest philanthropic gift in its history on Aug. 29 when an alumnus and his wife committed to $5 million to create an endowed fund.

The money donated by Wayne Mortenson, DMD, and his wife Sue will be set aside to meet future priorities of the UofL School of Dentistry.

"We are so grateful to the Mortensons, who have given generously to UofL over the years," said UofL President James Ramsey. "The have a vision to ensure future generations of dentists receive a top-notch education in state-of-the-art facilities."

A dozen members of the Mortenson family have graduated from the School of Dentistry's dental or dental hygiene programs.

After earning his own UofL dental degree in 1979, Wayne Mortenson opened a practice in Louisville, eventually expanding to multiple locations in Kentucky and Indiana with partner practices in Georgia, Texas, Iowa, Utah and Idaho.

"Investing in the talent of UofL students is our goal as we seek to hire dentists and dental hygienists who can provide exceptional care to our patients," said Mortenson, who serves as CEO of Mortenson Family Dental. "We are always thinking about the future of the company and the impact it will have on the health of the communities we serve."

“Increased competition and a changing health care paradigm make gifts like these vital to sustaining excellence,” said David L. Dunn, MD, PhD, UofL executive vice president for health affairs. “The costs of education and training continue to rise, but our traditional sources of funding continue to decline. Philanthropic gifts enable schools like ours to make the investments into equipment, people, students, so that we continue to meet the dental needs of our patients.”

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