Dental school left a legacy by post war student

More than £1 million has been left to Kings College London by a former student who studied dentistry in the 1940s.

Diana Trebble (formerly Jennings) left two thirds of her estate to King’s and her gift will be used to create an open scholarship for postgraduate dental students called the ‘Diana Trebble PhD Scholarship’.

Diana joined Guys at the end of the 1940s, one of a very small number of female students in the post-war era, graduating as a Licentiate in Dental Surgery in 1953.

She went on to take over her family’s dental practice in Ealing, eventually moving to Minehead in Somerset.

Professor Nairn Wilson, deputy vice-principal (health) and dean and head of the Dental Institute said: ‘The Dental Institute is thrilled to receive this most generous gift from the late Mrs Trebble which will create an endowed postgraduate scholarships to undertake cutting edge research in various aspects of oral and dental science.’

The College receives a proportion of charitable gifts in the form of legacies which are made not only by alumni but by current and former staff, as well as by parents of students and patients of the Health Schools.

Jas Chahal, the college’s legacy officer, said: ‘Diana Trebble’s fantastically generous legacy is a huge benefit to the College and the Dental Institute.

‘The legacy programme relies on gifts of all kinds. Many people ensure their loved ones are provided for and leave King’s a proportion of what’s left. Some chose to donate their full estate to the College. Every single gift made in a will, whatever its size, means a great deal and goes a long way in giving future support at the college.’

The Dental Institute at King’s College London trains a fifth of all dentists in England and Wales and, with its innovative approach to online learning, provides professional training to dentists from 40 countries worldwide.

For more information about legacy giving, contact legacy-info@kcl.ac.uk.

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