A $3 million gift from Macon and Joan Brock established the M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health at EVMS. The donation from philanthropists Macon F. Brock, Jr., the late co-founder and chairman of Dollar Tree Inc., and his wife, Joan Brock, is one of the largest individual gifts ever made to EVMS. Named in honor of Mr. Brock's father, who was a physician, the institute was created to allow the school's community-oriented programs to expand and deepen their impact on both local and global health issues.
"EVMS' vision of being the most community-oriented school of medicine and health professions in the nation helped us reach our decision to establish the M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health," Mr. Brock says. "The Brock Institute gives EVMS the opportunity to significantly expand its efforts to address critical community health issues while also nurturing a lifelong commitment to community service, particularly among the students. It's rewarding to know that we can help EVMS improve health in communities throughout Hampton Roads."
Dr. Brock, Macon's father, was a tuberculosis specialist in charge of Norfolk's Grandy Sanatorium for 29 years until he entered private practice in the early 1950s. Dr. Brock was a community service volunteer at the public-health center in Norfolk during his career and was a favorite family doctor to all he served.
The M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health will honor the values that led Dr. Brock in his life and career, aligning seamlessly with values of EVMS: excellence, collegiality and integrity.