The three-year appointment recognizes Ridgway’s skillful leadership and commitment to the school of medicine, including students, faculty and staff.

Ridgway is a graduate of the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls. He has been associated with the USD Sanford School of Medicine since 1991, and also serves as the Director of the Gastrointestinal Unit at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Dr. Charley Gutch and his wife, Elizabeth (Riggs), settled in Sioux Falls in 1976. Gutch, an Internal Medicine specialist with a subspecialty in nephrology, devoted much of his distinguished professional career to academic medicine. The Iowa native served and taught at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine from 1976 to 1988, when he retired. He was named Professor Emeritus, and continued to aid the school until he passed away in July, 2009 at age 89. Elizabeth Gutch, grew up in rural Pierre, and graduated from the University of Iowa. She died in August 2014 in Sioux Falls.

Dr. Mary Nettleman, dean of the medical school, said, “Dr. and Mrs. Gutch were strong supporters and friends of the medical school. Charley was an outstanding leader who stepped up during times of upheaval and change, such as when the medical school became a four-year school. Betty was an interesting, lively individual. Dr. Ridgway embodies many of the characteristics of Dr. and Mrs. Gutch from his transparent approach as a leader to his unwavering commitment to excellence.”

It is through the generosity of Dr. Charley and Elizabeth Gutch that this chair has been endowed. Download a photo of Dr. Ridgway.

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