Walter E. Neiswanger, M.D. Community Endowment

 Walter E. Neiswanger, M.D. Community Endowment

Neiswanger's Background

Walter Erwin Neiswanger was born and raised in Davenport, IA. He attended public schools, graduating from Davenport High School in 1941. After one year of college, Walter was drafted in World War II and into medical basic training. He spent 34 months in the military before he was able to return to Davenport to continue his education. In 1948, Walter graduated from St. Ambrose College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He graduated from Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University, Chicago, in 1952 and he completed his residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in 1958 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Upon completion of his medical studies, Walter returned to Davenport and served his community as a pathologist for 32 years with the Quad City Pathology Group.

A Charitable Heart

At a very early age, Walter’s parents taught him the virtue and joy gained from sharing the fruits of one’s abundance with others and the importance of offering one’s talents to help others less fortunate. Walter took these lessons to heart and spent much of his life giving back to his community. He was an art lover, he collected Haitian art, and played a key role in the building of the Figge Art Museum. Walter donated to numerous local charities and made substantial contributions to Loyola University’s School of Medicine and to St. Ambrose University.

Walter approached life with a great joy and love for his community. He established a fund at the Community Foundation in the hope of helping others succeed in the field of medical education. He wanted to promote moral and ethical standards in medical education and healthcare delivery. He wanted to do what he could to alleviate homelessness and poverty in the Quad Cities. Ultimately, Walter wanted to give back to and to improve the community that he loved.


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