- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - The family of a late Waterloo orthodontist has gifted $4 million to the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

It’s the largest contribution in the history of the organization, and it has increased the foundation’s total assets to more than $85 million, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported (https://bit.ly/1pgDOvT ). The donation will establish the Ross D. Christensen Family Fund.

Its namesake died in November 2011. He was a longtime president of the Waterloo school board and a founder of Leadership Investment for Tomorrow. He and his wife Patricia, who died in April 2014, volunteered with a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club, that worked to improve the community.

“The commitment of Dr. Ross and Patricia Christensen to their community, and to making it a better place for all people, was truly extraordinary,” said Kaye Englin, foundation president and CEO. “This incredible gift further strengthens the ability of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa to create a palpable difference in the region we impact. We are honored to carry out their wishes.”

The couple’s son, Dr. Greg Christensen, and daughter, Lisa Kempston, will serve as advisers for the fund.

“Our parents loved their community and gave back to it in so many ways,” Greg Christensen said. “It is our privilege to continue their legacy of generosity and service to others through this family fund.

Ross Christensen attended the University of Iowa and received both his bachelor’s and master’s there. In 1968 he began his Waterloo orthodontic practice, which his son Greg still continues today.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com


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