George Henry Bosch funds Chairs in Histology and Embryology, Medicine, Surgery and Bacteriology 1927-1930

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The post-war Depression meant hard times for all, but through the generosity of one of the Faculty's greatest benefactors, George Henry Bosch, full-time chairs in Histology and Embryology, Medicine, Surgery, and Bacteriology were established between 1927 and 1930. George Henry Bosch was a highly successful businessman who had long supported various charities. He had a particular interest in medical research and the Faculty of Medicine has been enormously lucky to be the beneficiary of many of his charitable donations and the bulk of his estate at his death. During his lifetime he first gave 1000 pounds to the University for the support of Hunter's research (1924) and then in 1925 he gave 2000 pounds for cancer research. In 1927 he endowed the Chair in Histology and Embryology (27,000 pounds) to which Claude Witherington Stump was appointed, and, in 1928 he gave the University 200,000 pounds for the creation of chairs in Medicine, Surgery and Bacteriology. These Chairs were a great step towards strengthening the clinical teaching and research capacity of the Faculty. In addition they made it possible for the University to apply for support from the Rockerfeller Foundation for the construction of the "new medical school" on the site earmarked long ago near Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. When Bosch died in 1934 he left the majority of his estate to the Medical School.[1]