Orthodontist Gives $4M To East Carolina

A retired North Carolina orthodontist has given East Carolina University $4 million for its new dentistry school.

As thanks for his gift, university trustees voted on Friday to name the new building for the dentistry school after 84-year-old Dr. Ledyard E. Ross.

East Carolina University Chancellor Steve Ballard says the gift comes at a vital time. The new school will admit its first students in the fall of 2011.

University officials say the $4 million gift is one of the largest in the school's history.


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  • by Marie Roberson Location: Tennessee on Feb 27, 2010 at 06:40 PM
    We all thank u so much for ur generous gift,for we have a daughter goin to ECU and shes takin orthodonist as her major,so naturally we think its a more than generous gift,and we r so grateful for ur gift.Dont listen to the negative remarks for those ppl r just jealous that they r no more than uneducated ppl that dont know any better.Its really a shame that more ppl cant express love and show some compassion. All I can say is when these ppl come to c u as a Dr.,U guys really need to enforce alot of pain on these ppl who think that they r funny.Then we will c who gets the last laugh.If u ever get a patient named Dave just give him all the pain u can because he never has a kind word for anyone,he is quite the jokester and he needs a dose of his own medicine.Like someone else said,he is a lil boy in a grown mans clothes or he wouldnt think everyhing is a joke.God bless this man for he knows no better.For all of u guys in Dentistry,I am so happy for u all.U all have my utmost respect.
  • by Will on Feb 27, 2010 at 01:55 PM
    Think of all the people in astern NC who will be able to get more affordable dental care now by going to the Dental School. This dental school will be great for our area. I do think dental costs are way too high, however. Dental health is linked to medical health, yet many poor people have limited access to decent dental care because of extremely high costs. Dental insurance only covers half at best of costs and even that can be considerable. Why not give $4 million to start a free or reduced cost dental facility instead? Not criticizing or anything - I do think its a really great thing that he donated an incredible sum to a good cause.
  • by Bugs on Feb 27, 2010 at 11:13 AM
    It's great for Dr. Ross to give back to the area. Thanks!
  • by Grateful Location: Martin County on Feb 27, 2010 at 08:34 AM
    I am so grateful for the generous gift to ECU by Dr. Ross. Everyone in Eastern North Carolina should be thankful to have such a considerate and unselfish man among us. Let us remember that he did not have to give anything to ECU; however, due to the evident love that he has for this area and the new school of dentistry, we are all benefactors now and in the future because of his generosity. Dr. Ross, thank you from the bottom of my heart for this gift. How I would like to be able to do what you have done for so many people now and in the future, but I'm just not that fortunate financially. But there is nothing that keeps me from saying to you, Dr. Ross, today and always, my sincere thanks for sharing your good fortune with others. What you have done is a blessing to all of us. Thank you.
  • by Moderators Nightmare on Feb 27, 2010 at 08:26 AM
    Dr. Ross didn't only make money as an orthodontist, you anonymous idiot.
  • by Dave Location: On a wall on Feb 27, 2010 at 07:10 AM
    This dental school is a good thing, because there are plenty of people in Eastern NC with some nasty looking teeth!
  • by Know your facts Location: Greenville NC on Feb 27, 2010 at 06:53 AM
    To Anonymous @ 08:19 Before you start assuming things get your facts straight. Dr Ross is a generous man and has done alot more than just orthodontics. He is also a very wise business man. My family and I respect him very much. Do your research before you start bad mouthing him. Do you know what ASSuME means.
  • by Thanks on Feb 27, 2010 at 06:48 AM
    Years of hardwork and investing and Eastern North Carolina is given the gift. How wonderful to keep the gift here in our community. This dental school is going to happen and now our tax dollars will go a little further. ECU please budget and don't waste this money on 700 dollar leather chairs.
  • by nauti1 Location: washington on Feb 27, 2010 at 06:19 AM
    finally someone to one up walter williams. lol congrats to ecu
  • by Amazed Location: Washington on Feb 27, 2010 at 05:40 AM
    To Anonymous at 08:19: Good way to turn something positive into something negative. What a jerk you must be!! Great job Dr. Ross and thank you!
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