Siena recently received a $50,000 commitment from the Graham Hunter Foundation
(GHF) to fund in perpetuity an exchange program funded annually since 2009.
“This exchange program is one of the jewels of the Graham Hunter Foundation. My
grandfather created this Foundation to encourage and support cross-pond exchanges for
the betterment of humanity. This exchange between the Siena-Albany Medical School
students and the Dundee Medical School students embodies Graham’s vision and our
recent gift to endow the program will now ensure it continues,” said Tom MacClarence,
The GHF was established in 1946 by Graham Hunter (George Graham Guthrie Hunter)
1889-1972, who was the second son and seventh of eleven children of William George
Hunter, 11th Laird of Burnside, Forfarshire, Scotland. Graham had an enduring interest in
Scotland and kept a collection of family papers. After qualifying as a Chartered
Accountant, he emigrated to Canada and subsequently moved to the United States where
he prospered in textiles and carpet manufacturing businesses. He established the GHF in
“memory of my son David Douglas Hunter and all others from the United States, Great
Britain and its colonies who gave their lives in World War II with the hope we may live
The aim of the Foundation was to perpetuate an interest in Scotland and things
Scottish and encourage ‘hands across the seas’ between the United States and Scotland.
Over the years, he collected a library of Scottish History, and an extensive display of
arms, armor, and artifacts, which were housed, in his New York City brownstone home.
These artifacts are now housed in the Hunter Library, Restenneth Priory, Forfar,
The GHF has supported Siena College in many ways over the last 20 years by endowing
a scholarship and supporting the annual fund, athletics, and other College programs on an
Currently, the medical exchange program sponsors four (4) students annually (two (2)
each from the USA and Scotland.) It is hoped the research from this collaboration will be
developed and used to better the lives of those individuals served by family medicine
physicians in both countries. The exchange is coordinated by Dr. Ed LaRow ’59, Director
of the Siena/Albany Medical College Program in Science, Humanities and Medicine and
Dr. Kate Wagner ’90, Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Family and
Community Medicine at Albany Medical College.