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George S. and Dolores D. Eccles Professorship in Ophthalmology

School of Medicine

Established in 1998 by the Eccles Foundation and Dolores Doré Eccles

EcclesGeorgeDoloresTHE ECCLES FOUNDATION, established in 1960 by GEORGE S. and DOLORES DORÉ ECCLES, has given generously to organizations that have a clear, beneficial impact on the lives of people in Utah and the region. The founders’ vision was to fund initiatives that make a lasting difference in the arts, the community, education, and medicine. The couple, who met at Columbia University and married in 1925, lived the rest of their lives in Utah, where they were tireless leaders in civic, business, and humanitarian concerns. George Eccles, who came from a banking family, became a prominent figure in Utah and Idaho finance. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of First Security Corporation–the oldest multi-state bank holding company in the United States–from 1945 until his death in 1982. Highly respected also in national and international banking circles, George Eccles was a leading member of both the Association of Bank Holding Companies and the Association of Reserve City Bankers. After World War II, he became an economic and financial consultant to the Marshall Plan and served as general chairman of the International Monetary Conference in Vienna in 1964. His wife, Dolores Eccles, known as “Lolie,” was a founding member of the Junior League of Ogden and served on the boards of Westminster College and Ballet West, among her many other volunteer activities. She was introduced to Johns Hopkins when she became a patient of Hopkins ophthalmologist Arnall Patz, who was director of the Wilmer Eye Institute. She later served on the board of the National Society to Prevent Blindness, and remained a key figure in Utah arts and philanthropy until her death in 1994.

Held by Peter A. Campochiaro

CampochiaroPeterDr. PETER A. CAMPOCHIARO, the George S. and Dolores D. Eccles Professor of Ophthalmology and Neuroscience at the Wilmer Eye Institute, was trained at the University of Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Virginia, and Wilmer. He joined the Wilmer Faculty in 1991. His major research interests are in gaining a greater understanding of the roles of peptide growth and trophic factors in the retina and retinal pigmented-epithelium with an ultimate goal of developing new treatments for proliferative retinopathies, choroidal neovascularization, and retinal degenerations.