Diastole Scholars’ Center: The Donors' Intent
We recognize that these words are but an expression of our wishes and in
leaving our mutual estate to this non-profit corporation, we are dependent upon the
good-will and commitment of the Board of Diastole-Hospital Hill, Inc.
This is therefore written to place in the record the motivation and spirit of the
two of us. We hope the Board will periodically, each year perhaps at the time of the
annual business meeting, cause these words to be re-distributed and brought before the
Board for appropriate discussion and re-enforcement of the donors' goals.
The make-up of the Board reflects our desire for this gift to serve as a catalyst for
the University of Missouri-Kansas City and for this Scholars' Center to serve as a special
gathering place for community, regional, national, and international scholars, providing
a stimulating setting for those special activities that characterize a great university but
are often peripheral to its resources.
We hope the Board will be as inspired as possible in the use of this Scholars'
Center. We envision its role as a location for seminars, retreats, receptions, class
reunions, alumni activities, club meetings, journal clubs, specialty society meetings,
post-graduate courses, University-community meetings, faculty-student gatherings,
discussion groups, luncheon and dinner meetings, receptions, award ceremonies, and
visiting speakers. We do not plan it as a full-time residence for faculty, students, or any
other person. The small number of guest rooms should be accessible to academic guests
of all University disciplines. If the facility also serves as a special faculty meeting place
and brings faculty into an atmosphere of shared endeavor, we would be pleased.
It is our intent that this Scholars' Center and its endowment be independent and
free-standing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City but direct its resources to
furthering the University's progress.
It is not our intention that the corpus of the endowment be invaded but instead
that it be maintained and increased.
We hope the Directors are able to make THE CENTER prosper and grow. We
hope the Trustees will actively seek additional funds to carry out the programs of The
Scholars' Center through fundraising, gifts, alumni contributions, etc.
If THE CENTER is destroyed or for some other reason is physically eliminated, it
is the express will of the donors that the insurance funds plus income be used to
reconstruct THE CENTER, essentially as it was at the time of the gift. The donors
realize that circumstances and conditions change, and that the Trustees must make
decisions based upon the reality of their own time.
We trust the Board will be meticulous in the maintenance and supervision of
THE CENTER, generous in sharing it, liberal in its definition. Our only ambition is that
The Scholars' Center should add to the quality of endeavor of the colleagues of Hospital
Hill campus and all Schools and departments of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Nothing would sadden us more than for the spirit of this gift to be interpreted
frugally, grudgingly, parochially.
We both, Mary and Grey, have a faith in human dialogue, social intercourse, the
amenities of scholarly communication, and the encouragement of these by a felicitous
setting. We conceived this Scholars' Center to further that faith.
The descendants of Mary Clark Dimond and E. Grey Dimond should be given a
special latitude by the Board and permitted to be guests at THE CENTER for limited
periods of stay at the discretion of the Board. This request is made because we would
hope our descendants find pleasure and encouragement from this gift of their ancestors.
Mary Clark and E. Grey Dimond
August 1, 1983