Brooks G. and Suzanne L. Ragen Endowed Scholarship
The Brooks G. and Suzanne L. Ragen Endowed Scholarship in Medicine was established in 1996 to provide financial assistance to deserving medical students from the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho).
Brooks Ragen was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and attended Yale University on scholarship, graduating in 1955. He went on to receive a law degree from Stanford and a master’s degree in business from New York University. In 1982, he co-founded Ragen Mackenzie, a Seattle investment banking firm. He is now chairman of McAdams, Wright, Ragen, Inc. Mr. Ragen is the former chair of UW Medicine’s Scholarship and Student Support Committee. He is also the former chair of the UW Medicine Board of Visitors, served on the UW Medicine Campaign Cabinet, and is a former member of the UW Medical Center Board.
Suzanne Ragen, who has also served on UW Medicine’s Campaign Cabinet, was born in Czechoslovakia and came to Oregon at the age of 2. She graduated from Mills College in 1958 and has completed coursework at the University of Washington for a master’s degree in art history. She has been an active touring docent at the Seattle Art Museum for over 43 years.
The Ragens have three children, nine grandchildren, and are active in community affairs. The Ragens established this scholarship to more fully support the School of Medicine, which has played and continues to play a meaningful role in their lives. In 2003, the couple decided to augment their original scholarship with a series of gifts and commitments that will create three additional, identical scholarships — an endowment legacy that will be very beneficial to the School’s students.