Marilyn Glick Tours Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute Building Site

Indianapolis philanthropist Marilyn Glick had her first glimpse of the interior of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute on the Indiana University School of Medicine campus during a tour on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at the construction site, 1160 W. Michigan St.

“Of all the philanthropy that we have given, our gift to build this eye institute and establish an endowment to bring the best and brightest research to Indiana University is the most meaningful of any gift we have ever given,” said Mrs. Glick. She and her husband, Indianapolis businessman Eugene Glick, have supported numerous Indiana projects including educational institutions, arts organizations, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and the Glick Peace Walk.

“I’ve devoted over 30 years to helping prevent blindness and I feel very passionately about it,” Mrs. Glick said. “I’m so glad that we’re able to do this.” Last week Mrs. Glick was honored with the Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology’s Advocate of the Year award.
Construction on the 77,000 square foot building that will be home to the Department of Ophthalmology began last November and will be finished in the spring, with the official IU dedication set for Aug. 19, 2011. The building will more than triple the Department of Ophthalmology’s research space, with laboratories comprising the second, third and fourth floors of the building. The ophthalmology clinic currently at University Hospital will move to the Glick Eye Institute, which also will feature an optical shop. A patient pick-up and drop-off entrance is included in the design, allowing patients easier access to their ophthalmic appointments.

Half of the building will be dedicated to science and biomedical research with the hope that new treatments can be developed for glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, neurologic eye disorders and vision disorders in children. As the baby boomer generation ages, an increasing number of adults will seek treatments for conditions for which there are no cures, including glaucoma, macular degeneration and retinopathy. The Department of Ophthalmology currently is undertaking the largest most comprehensive study of its kind to learn more about the causes – and possible treatments – for glaucoma. (More information:

The new facility will enable the department to bolster its clinical and research expertise with additional faculty and staff. The department has recruited five researchers to date and continues to recruit faculty and researchers with demonstrated success in attracting research funding.

“The building will provide a world-class facility for patient care and research by IU clinicians and scientists while providing training for students at the IU School of Medicine who will be the next generation of ophthalmologists,” said Louis B. Cantor, M.D., chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology.

“It’s an exciting process to build an eye institute and even more noteworthy when we can make our building energy efficient and sustainable for the future,” Cantor said, noting the building will be the first on the Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI) campus eligible to achieve a LEED Silver (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation.

RATIO Architects ( designed the building to express the study of the eye through transparency and opacity, openings and apertures and color of glass. The south façade of the building, facing Michigan Street, will feature glass panels that blend varying degrees of transparency and range in color from gray to yellow. Incorporating shades of yellow in the glass exterior recalls the yellow color that is used as a tint in glass to sharpen the vision of patients with decreased visual acuity.

F.A. Wilhelm ( is the construction manager for the Glick Eye Institute.

Tour participants:

  • Marilyn Glick, Indianapolis philanthropist and wife of Eugene Glick
  • Marianne Glick, Indianapolis businesswoman, artist and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glick
  • Louis B. Cantor, M.D., Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Professor of Ophthalmology;
  • Jay C. and Lucile L. Kahn Professor of Glaucoma; director, Glaucoma Service
  • Bill Browne, FAIA, LEED AP, RATIO Architects, Inc., principal in charge of the project
  • Brock Roseberry, AIA, LEED AP, RATIO Architects, Inc., design architect on the project
  • Rich Thompson, Senior Associate University Architect for Research, Indiana University
  • John Grosvenor, project manager, Wilhelm
  • Larry Roan, VP Business Development, Wilhelm
  • David Werking, Business Development Manager, Wilhelm
  • Brook McSwain, Marketing Coordinator, Wilhelm
  • Guy Johnson, Executive Media


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