The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has named the Health Sciences Library for alumnus and philanthropist, Henry L. Strauss (’51), a significant supporter of the library and the campus.
Strauss’s longtime advocacy for and philanthropic contributions to special collections at the Health Sciences Library have impacted students, faculty and visitors for more than two decades. In addition, Strauss has served the university at large through a number of volunteer leadership roles at the library, the alumni association and the CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
In 1995, Strauss established the Florence G. Strauss Indigenous and Integrative Medicine Collection at the Health Sciences Library, in memory of his first wife, Florence. Leonard A. Wisneski joined Strauss in these efforts and has been an integral partner in maintaining and expanding the collection. Since its inception, the collection has grown from 30 print books to thousands of books and other materials related to complementary health practices and indigenous therapies from around the world. They collected many of these books throughout their travels around the world.
“It is vital to our country that we study and adapt indigenous and alternative medicine practices,” said Strauss. “In many cases they are much more affordable and will keep our medical system from going bankrupt.”
In addition to establishing the collection, Strauss’s philanthropy has also enabled expansion of the popular four-part, Strauss-Wisneski Lecture Series on a variety of integrative medicine topics, with speakers including health care practitioners from all fields of integrative medicine. As a volunteer and member of the Collections Committee, Strauss has helped ensure that the both the special collection and the lecture series remain robust resources for years to come.
“As our health care system shifts,” said Strauss Health Sciences library director Melissa De Santis, “opportunities arise for investigating the best evidence – knowledge found in books, journals and databases – in support of an integrative approach to health care. The Florence G. Strauss-Leonard A. Wisneski Indigenous and Integrative Medicine Collection plays a large role in making that knowledge accessible to our students and faculty, and across the state and our nation because of our partnership with other universities. For that reason, Henry’s impact has been immeasurable.”
The Strauss Health Sciences Library is the physical and digital hub of knowledge at CU Anschutz, linking critical components of the university’s mission in research, education, clinical care and community. “By serving to connect people and knowledge in this technology-intensive era, the library helps CU Anschutz faculty, staff and students overcome barriers, gather data, and navigate the modern medicine and health information landscape,” said De Santis. In addition, the library serves rural and metro health providers, citizens of the region, and Colorado’s developing biotechnology industry.
CU Anschutz Medical Campus Chancellor Donald M. Elliman, Jr., said Henry Strauss’s support for the library helps advance the education mission of the campus. “Through his partnership, Henry Strauss has helped enrich the educational experience of future health care leaders who go on to serve individuals and communities across Colorado and beyond. We are pleased to recognize Henry in this way, and to see his name associated with the library for generations.”
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