Donor lives up to daughter’s ideal

October 29, 2015 | Features, UToday, Advancement, Medicine and Life Sciences
By Staff

Tom Litzinger is the last person who would want any publicity for what he’s doing for the College of Medicine and Life Sciences at The University of Toledo.

But he knows he can’t help a future medical school student without drawing attention to his cause.



In memory of his late daughter, Litzinger donated his $100,000 life insurance policy to the College of Medicine to support the Amie Litzinger MD Class of 2013 Endowed Scholarship Fund. This is in addition to his $25,000 pledge after Amie’s death.

Amie died Jan. 1, 2013, from a genetic heart disease, just months prior to her scheduled graduation from medical school. She was awarded her diploma posthumously, the only student in the history of the College of Medicine to be so recognized.

“Amie loved the College of Medicine,” Litzinger said. “Amie could not say enough kind words about her fellow classmates, staff, faculty, administration and friends.

“As a father, how can I not give back to the institution that provided so much for Amie? Amie loved her role at the UT College of Medicine. It truly is an incredible institution that deserves my commitment and dedication.”

Howard Newman, UT associate vice president for development, said Litzinger has been active in raising money and awareness in the University medical community. He has been a champion for medical students.

“In addition to being a truly generous philanthropist, Tom has been a tireless volunteer for Amie’s Fund,” Newman said. “He has motivated people in the auto industry, his local community and at UT to support this wonderful scholarship as a legacy to his daughter’s spirit of caring.”

Litzinger, who lives in Brighton, Mich., said education is expensive and he doesn’t want someone to forgo medical school because of the cost.

“I will continue to give so we can secure any potential medical school student the opportunity to attend medical school,” he said. “Amie, unfortunately, will never become the caring physician that she desired to become. Her patients must have viable replacements to pick up where Amie left off.”

For information about how to donate to Amie’s Fund, contact Newman at 419.383.6840 or email Donors can also give online at

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