The University of Iowa

Carver Biomedical Research Building

Roy J. and Lucille Carver

Honorees: Roy J. ( 1909 - 1981) and Lucille A. Carver (1917 - 2010)


  • Roy J. Carver was an industrialist and philanthropist
  • He earned a B.S. in engineering from the University of Illinois in 1934
  • Lucille attended the University of Iowa, and received the University of Iowa Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1972
  • Roy J. Carver married Lucille A. (Young) Carver in 1942 and the two became well-known benefactors
  • Roy Carver began making high-quality contractor pumps in the 1930s at the Carver Pump Co. in Matherville, Ill., and later in Muscatine. Carver Foundry Products was established in the 1950s to supply molds for Carver Pump
  • He was the chairman and founder of the internationally successful Bandag Inc., which made a tire-retreading material and had operations in 90 countries. The company was later sold by the Carver family to Bridgestone Corporation in 2007 and became Bridgestone Bandage Tire Solutions
  • Carver left one-quarter of his wealth for the purpose of a charitable trust, the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, located in Muscatine, Iowa. It became the largest philanthropic foundation in Iowa
  • Lucille served on the board of trustees from 1985 through her retirement in 2002. She also was a former board member of the Carver Pump Company, Carver Foundry Products, and Bandag, Inc., and she served on the University of Iowa Foundation Board of Directors from 1981 to 1985
  • Lucille Carver oversaw the largest gift ever made to the University of Iowa up to that time in 2002, through the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust in the form of a $63 million commitment to the university's college of medicine through the University of Iowa Foundation. The university's college of medicine was named the "Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine."
  • The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust supports University of Iowa healthcare, biomedical and scientific research, athletics, scholarships, and other programs including the Carver PavilionCarver Hawkeye Arena and the Carver River Research and Education Facility.
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Carver Biomedical Research Building


Description of facility:

The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver Biomedical Research Building (2005) and its adjacent partner, the Medical Education and Research Facility, provide classroom, laboratory, and research space for work in genetics, cardiovascular health, and respiratory diseases. These facilities, built to operate as one, provide a significant advancement in teaching and research on the UI Medical Campus. The Carver Biomedical Research Building provides laboratory space for investigators in pediatrics, internal medicine, physiology and biophysics, and otolaryngology. The state-of-the-art facility is home to the Center for Muscular Dystrophy and also houses one 800 MHz and two 500 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance imaging devices. Its seven floors contain about 135,000 gross square feet of space.

Address: 285 Newton Road
Year built: 2005
Additional building information: Carver Biomedical Research Building

Aerial View of Building