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Endowments have built and sustained the Arizona Arthritis Center and endowments will secure our future. They provide a firm financial foundation that impacts the Center long after the gift is made. Endowments serve as meaningful ways for individuals, corporations or foundations to leave a lasting legacy.

Through a $1 million gift, the Center can establish an endowed chair, which focuses on research of your choice. An endowed chair is established with a single gift or a combination of gifts totaling $1 million. Endowed chairs provide prestige and visibility to the positions they support and they help to attract and retain top researchers and physicians. 

Rheumatology Research Endowment
$6 Million Stephens Gift Invested in UA Rheumatology Research


Rheumatologist Charles A.L. Stephens, MD joined Dr. Paul Holbrook and his thriving Tucson medical practice of Holbrook-Hill Medical Clinic in 1946.  This was the beginning of Dr. Stephens’ lifelong passion - to research and discover methods to advance the understanding of arthritis' causes and treatments. 

Today, Stephens' legacy lives on at the UA College of Medicine in the form of a $6 million leadership gift given by him and his wife, Suzanne. The Charles A.L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Chair of Rheumatology and The Charles A.L. and Suzanne M. Stephens Research Fund in Rheumatology have provided the College of Medicine the resources necessary to recruit top research talent to achieve the goal of finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for arthritis and immune-related diseases.

Stephens' early research included the use of cortisone to treat rheumatoid arthritis and studies on some of the first arthritis tissue cultures. "He had a very inquisitive mind and it's amazing what he achieved working as a community physician with no academic institution to back him at that time. He was very well published," said John Franklin, close family friend and attorney.

Stephens and Holbrook founded the Arthritis & Rheumatism Foundation, the forerunner of the Arthritis Foundation. Stephens later established his own medical practice and was president of the Southwest Clinic and Research Institute (SCARI), which laid the groundwork for the development of the Arizona Arthritis Center. In the 1960s, SCARI was located in the UA College of Agriculture.

"One of Charlie's patients was a faculty member in the College of Agriculture who found a small room in the basement for the lab, which was basically large enough to contain a bench, chair and phone. But early on he studied lymphocytes and synovial fluids in joints," said Johnson.

He later served as an early faculty member at the College of Medicine and continued in his community practice. "He worked well into his 70s. He loved academics and loved to teach," said Johnson.


Donors Print E-mail

$50,000 +

  • Amgen, Inc.
  • Fred and Christine Armstrong
  • Mary Lou Hemler Arnold Trust
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Bank One Arizona
  • Robert and Louise Beal
  • Estate of Frances Bechtold
  • Ethel McChesney Bilby
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals
  • Borderland Construction Company, Inc.
  • Herma B. Buehrer
  • Canyon Ranch Health Resort
  • Centocor, Inc.
  • Estate of Jayne Cuzner
  • DePuy
  • Desert Diamond Casino
  • Donald and Joan Diamond
  • Dorothy Fletcher
  • Virginia S. Furrow Foundation
  • Charles & Gertrude Gordon Foundation
  • Harold and Olga Gordon Trust
  • Leo J. Haldiman Trust
  • Health Net of Arizona, Inc.
  • Hudson Foundation
  • Integrated Communications Corp.
  • Jewish Community Foundation
  • Colburn and Alana Jones
  • Barry and Janet Lang
  • David and Lura Lovell Foundation
  • Edwin C. Lynch
  • William and Jean Macey
  • Merck & Co.
  • Charles and Sophie McKenzie
  • Novartis US Foundation
  • Lute and Bobbi Olson
  • William and Sylvia Rubin
  •  Dr. Fred and Sarah Horn Schutzbank
  • Theodore and Charlotte Sitterley
  • Mazie Kent Slaymaker
  • Southern Arizona Home Builders Association
  • Southwestern Clinic and ResearchInstitute
  • Lucille E. Spain
  • Frederick R. Stofft
  • Saul and Susan Tobin
  • University Medical Center
  • University Physicians, Inc.
  • Dr. Robert and Ann Volz
  • Theodore Wickman
  • Elmore Wiltshire Trust
  • David E. Yocum, M.D.
  • Melvin and Enid Zuckerman
  • The Lehman Family Foundation
  • Tyler and Joyce Goodman
  • Anonymous
  • Desert Diamond Casinos
  • Zuckerman Family Foundation


$5,000 – $49,999


  • The 1525 Foundation
  • Adolph Coors, Inc.
  • Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation
  • William E. Barnum Estate
  • Elmer and Esther Beamer
  • Dennis and June Behan
  • Dr. James and Laurie Benjamin
  • Clifton Bloom
  • Katarina M. Brugger-Hinzen Trust Estate
  • Nielson Brown
  • Jean C. Brown
  • Dr. Eric and Kathy Gall
  • Edna Grieb
  • Pamela H. Grissom
  • Ruth H. Jackson Charitable Trust
  • Wece B. Johnson
  • Doris Krimmer Estate
  • Howard and Blanca Lerman
  • William W. Lynch
  • Dr. Michael and Alison Maricic
  • Ted and Toni Marks
  • Morgan Guaranty Pharmacia and Upjohn, Inc.
  • Motorola Corp.
  • National Car Sales
  • Nancy J. O’Neill
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • PEAK
  • Pearce Company
  • Walter Pearce
  • Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
  • Osteonics
  • Roche Bioscience
  • Saal Family Foundation
  • Rico R. Saccani
  • Ralph and Ingeborg Silberschlag
  • Lois S. Smith
  • Dr. Martin and Janet Snyder
  • Southwest Gas Corp.
  • Southwest Pizza, Inc.
  • Jack Stupp
  • Caryl Taylor
  • Marjorie Thompson
  • Bess Spiva Timmons Foundation
  • Wyeth Ayerst Pharmaceuticals
  • Zimmer Inc.
  • Walter and Juliet T. Absolon Foundation
  • The Estate of Charles and Margaret Grill
  • The Caroline Lott Jessen Foundation
  • Paul T and Mary Lou Edwards
  • Mark Mitchell
  • Irving Mindes
  • Joel Snyder
  • John Kiekhefer Foundation
  • Mrs. Irene "Chris" Lawver
  • Donald Romano
  • Dean and Grace Berg