$1M Gift to Northwestern Law Benefits Health Initiative

June 1, 2015. Northwestern University School of Law will expand its global Access to Health Project with a $1 million donation from university alumnus Chris Combe and his wife Courtney.

Chris Combe is chairman of health-products manufacturer Combe Inc. and serves on the university’s board of trustees. The couple has made financial gifts to the university every year since 1994.

“This generous gift is another wonderful illustration of their commitment to international justice, as well as their extraordinary commitment to Northwestern University,” law dean Daniel Rodriguez said. “The Access to Health Program is an impactful program, and this gift will expand its reach.”

This year, the Combes’ generosity will benefit the law school through the creation of two fellowships tied to the health project. That project is a partnership with the university’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and seeks to evaluate public health needs in developing countries and to develop sustainable solutions. This year, the program tackled several projects in Mali, where law, management and medical students sought to boost knowledge about medical procedures; diseases including malaria and AIDS and treatment options; breastfeeding; and sanitation. Read more