For 43 years, William Geb, D.O. (COM '50), enjoyed his role treating patients as an osteopathic physician. He was grateful for the education he received at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU), which made his career in medicine possible. That's why Dr. Geb chose approximately 10 years ago to include the University in his estate plan.
"A Significant Gift"
Dr. Geb passed away on June 19 in Oklahoma City at the age of 89. Through a trust he established, 25 percent of his estate was allocated to KCU, resulting in a gift to the University of $1 million so far. There will be another distribution later.
"This is a very significant gift—one of the largest in KCU's history," says Jane Lampo, vice president for advancement. "We appreciate the generosity shown by Dr. Geb and his family, and we hope this will inspire others to consider supporting the University through a planned gift."
After graduating from KCU, Dr. Geb began his career as a family physician in Spiro, Okla. Ten years later, he moved to Oklahoma City and established a practice in Del City. While there, he served as chief administrator at Hillcrest Medical Center and as a part-time medical examiner for the state of Oklahoma. Near the end of his career, he practiced industrial occupational medicine at Tinker Air Force Base. Dr. Geb retired in 1993.
Joel Corn, D.O. (COM '45), one of Dr. Geb's best friends, said that he and Dr. Geb often talked about their time in medical school.
"He thought a lot of the school," Dr. Corn says. "He made a substantial gift. His motives were always good."
Dr. Corn and Dr. Geb, friends for approximately 60 years, often shared stories about their time practicing in rural Oklahoma. According to Dr. Corn, one of the most memorable of those stories was when Dr. Geb, who made house calls during the early part of his career, recalled trying to treat a patient while chickens-which were roaming freely inside the man's house-were pecking at his feet.
"He was an honorable, good person," Dr. Corn says. "He always did the right thing, and he never tried to shortchange anybody."
A Generous Man
Thomas Carlile, D.O. (COM '68), a close friend and business partner of Dr. Geb's, had witnessed his generosity on many occasions. The friends started a medical practice together in 1973 in Del City and they practiced together for approximately 11 years.
"I may have been a little surprised by the amount [of his gift to KCU], but not by the gift itself," says Dr. Carlile, who was his friend's primary care physician at the time of his death. "He was a very kind and considerate person. He was a mentor to more doctors than anybody I know of. What can you say about a guy like that?"