The Dr. J. Martin Byers, Jr. Memorial Fund in Family Medicine was established October 2, 1992, by the Board of Trustees of The Ohio State University through funds received by the University from The Ohio State University Foundation, which has established an endowed fund with gifts designated for the support of the Department of Family Medicine within the College of Medicine from Dr. and Mrs. James M. Byers, III (M.D. '70), Tucson, Arizona, and other family and friends in memory of Dr. Byers' father.
Income provided by the Foundation shall be used to foster and nurture rural medicine through the Department of Family Medicine. Initially, as resources become available, income shall be used to support a rural health initiative with educational components placing students, residents and fellows in the rural setting with rural preceptors. As sufficient funds become available to adequately support the preceptor's component, the income shall also support the faculty director position in the Department of Family Medicine's rural health program. Any unused income shall be returned to the principal to promote the fund's growth. Should the funding level reach that required to support a professorship, the fund shall be so named and the income shall be used to support a distinguished professor in the Department of Family Medicine as recommended by the Chairperson of the Department of Family Medicine and the Dean of the College of Medicine to the Provost and approved by the Board of Trustees.