Carver River Research and Education Facility

Lucille A. Carver

1917 - 2010
  • Lucille attended the University of Iowa, and she 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 J. 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 Biomedical Research Building, Carver Pavilion and Carver Hawkeye Arena
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Building Information

Street Address
3388 Highway 22, Muscatine, Iowa
Year built

Home of the world-class Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station (MRERS). The building was made possible in large part by a $1.2 million gift to the University of Iowa Foundation from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, about seven miles east of Muscatine near the community of Fairport, the 7,000-square-foot facility houses offices, a classroom, and laboratory and display space. The station is operated by the UI College of Engineering's world-renowned IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering (formerly Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research), an organization that has conducted studies on the Mississippi since the 1920s.