MILWAUKEE _ The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has received a $1 million gift from Mrs. Billie Kubly to establish the Dr. Michael C. Kubly Military & Veterans Mental Health Endowment. The endowment was named in honor of Mrs. Kubly’s late husband, a veteran and renowned orthopedic surgeon in Milwaukee who died in January.
Mrs. Kubly has a high regard for veterans and a passion for removing the stigma around mental illness, suicide and depression. Her father was a World War I veteran who was affected by the war, and her late husband served in Vietnam, where he was deeply affected by the many surgeries he had to perform on wounded soldiers. In 2003, their son Charlie Kubly took his own life after suffering silently with depression. Since then, the Kublys have concentrated their philanthropy on improving the lives of those affected by mental health issues.