John Pappajohn

John Pappajohn



  • John Pappajohn graduated with a BSC degree in business from the University of Iowa in 1952
  • He established an insurance agency after graduation from college and subsequently organized and became Chairman of the Board of Guardsman Insurance Investors
  • In 1969, Mr. Pappajohn organized Equity Dynamics, Inc., a financial consulting entity and Pappajohn Capital Resources, a venture capital firm in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Since this time, Mr. Pappajohn has been involved in over 100 start ups, over 50 IPOs and has served as a Director in over 40 public companies
  • He and Mary Pappajohn— who received her bachelor’s degree in related art from the University of Minnesota and serves as a trustee of both the Des Moines Art Center and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis—are among the University of Iowa’s most generous supporters
  • Mr. Pappajohn and his wife, Mary, have gifted more than $100 million to various philanthropic causes including the John Pappajohn Business Building at the University of Iowa Business School, the John and Mary Pappajohn Clinical Cancer Center, the Pappajohn Education Center in Des Moines and the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building at the University of Iowa.
  • He and Mary contributed to the state of Iowa through entrepreneurship, philanthropy, art, and education.

Building Information

Street Address
140 Hawkins Drive
Year built

Located in the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics on the UI Health Sciences Campus.

  • Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Administrative Offices
  • Neurosurgery, Department of
  • Nuclear Medicine Clinic
  • Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Department of
  • Psychiatry, Department of
  • Radiology, Department of
  • Rehabilitation Therapies
  • UI Spine Center