We are writing to ask your help in honoring Dr. Robert S. Rust, Jr., the former Thomas E. Worrell, Jr. Professor of Epileptology and Neurology, Professor of Pediatrics, and Adjunct Professor in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities as well as Hower and Blue Bird Circle Awardee.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Rust made substantial contributions to the field of neurology, child neurology, and neuroscience. His research and clinical interests were vast. As a training director, he possessed a gift for inspiring a passion for neurology in his trainees. One cannot overstate the contributions he made in preparing the next generation of clinicians in the field of child neurology. In addition, the totality of his influence on students, trainees and colleagues goes beyond neurology and medicine as a whole, and serves as a tribute to the person he is. Dr. Rust’s success as an educator garnered substantial recognition over his career and he played a fundamental role in the establishment of enduring educational programs and standards of training at the national and international levels.

To ensure that Dr. Rust’s influence and love of learning continues to be felt for many years to come, his colleagues in the Department of Neurology at the University of Virginia are raising funds to create a lectureship in his honor that will be entitled the “Robert S. Rust., Jr., MD Lectureship in Pediatric Neurology.” We hope that you will consider making a gift to help us achieve this goal, as we can think of no one more deserving of this honor than Dr. Rust. The Child Neurology Society and the University of Virginia Department of Neurology have agreed to partner in making the Rust Lectures available on-line, thereby ensuring Dr. Rust's continued impact on child neurologists of all ages and stages in their career.

If you wish to make a contribution, you may do so by visiting this website http://giving.virginia.edu/supportuvaneurosciences. When making your gift, please select “other” and specify “Rust Endowed Lecture”.

If you would like additional information regarding this honor, you can contact either Howard Goodkin (hpg9v@virginia.edu) or Russell Bailey (rb4fz@virginia.edu) directly.

We thank you for considering this request.

Russell C. Bailey, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Howard P. Goodkin, MD, PhD
Shure Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
Director, Division of Pediatric Neurology