May 19, 1990.
On this day, IUPUI and Indiana University leaders and distinguished guests gathered to dedicate the new Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research in the Riley Hospital for Children, a part of the IU Medical Center campus. IU president Thomas Ehrlich, IUPUI chancellor Gerald Bepko, and Riley Memorial Association president Otto Frenzel III were on hand for the festivities, which included speeches and the bestowal of honorary degrees. The $4.5 million facility was funded solely by the Riley Memorial Association, which from its founding has focused all its attention on raising money to support the hospital and research in it. The center was to increase and improve pediatric research in Riley by supporting an addition of 15 researchers and to make the hospital a top pediatric research center.
The center was named for longtime IU president Herman B Wells, who played an important role in the development of the close relationship between Riley hospital and the IU School of Medicine and the IU Medical Center. As well, Wells was a frequent visitor to the hospital, lending his rotundity to portrayals of Santa Claus for the children. The Wells Center has added researchers and lab space and continues to be an active locus of pediatric research at Riley.
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