The Arthur R. Metz Carillonneur Fund
Born a poor farm boy in 1887 near South Whitley, Indiana, Dr. Arthur R. Metz died a distinguished physician and surgeon in Chicago in 1963. Referred to as an "old surgeon, sailor, soldier, and sportsman," Dr. Metz served as a captain in the Armed Forces during World War I and later became one of Chicago's foremost surgeons. For many years he was a member of the senior attending staff of the Department of Surgery in Chicago's Wesley Memorial Hospital. He was also personal physician to Chicago's famous Wrigley family, head physician of the Chicago National League Baseball Club, and chief surgeon of several railroad companies. Ever willing to share his professional knowledge and skill, Dr. Metz taught at several medical schools, was a founding member of the Certified American Board of Surgery, and belonged to numerous other medical associations. In addition to meeting the many professional responsibilities to which he dedicated his life, Dr. Metz found time to engage in big game hunting in Africa and was active in the Chicago Yacht Club for more than 30 years.
Throughout his life Dr. Metz was vitally interested in Indiana University and college students. To carry out his philanthropic objectives, he established the Arthur R. Metz Foundation in 1948.
In 1971 the Arthur R. Metz Foundation provided a permanent memorial to Dr. Metz through the construction of the IU carillons. The Arthur R. Metz Carillonneur Fund provides for the maintenance of the two carillons and supports the salary of the carillonneur.