About Carole and Ray Neag
Carole and Ray Neag have a strong history of
philanthropic support for the University of Connecticut and
the UConn Health Center. Their motivation is simple: to
improve the lives of Connecticut families today and in years
In 2004, the Neags made an extraordinary $10 million gift
– the largest philanthropic donation in the Health Center’s
history – to the cancer program, now called the Carole and
Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center. This generous gift
continues to support cancer research and clinical services.
Their lasting goal is that Connecticut residents will never
have to travel far for world class cancer care.
“We have seen firsthand the advances that are occurring
daily within the Cancer Center and understand the tremendous
implications for those whose lives are affected by this
disease,” Ray Neag said.
In recent years, the Neags' generosity has continued. In
2006, they made a substantial gift that allowed the Health
Center to obtain the first TomoTherapy radiation oncology
system in Connecticut. This truly revolutionary treatment
targets tumors with unprecedented precision and at the same
time, protects healthy tissue.
In 2008, the Neags' generosity allowed the Health Center
to create an integrated imaging suite for faster, more
comfortable and more precise diagnosis, planning and
treatment services. This suite included a high-end,
multi-slice scanner that perfectly serves the Health
Center's missions of research, education and clinical care.
Connecticut has long been in the hearts of Mr. and Mrs.
Neag, who are both natives of Torrington. Ray Neag is also a
graduate of UConn and is the retired co-founder and vice
chairman of Arrow International, Inc., a leading
manufacturer of disposable critical care and cardiac
products for the medical industry. Previous donations to the
University have supported the Neag School of Education at
Storrs and the cardiology program at the Health Center.