Fantasy author David Eddings, who died earlier this year, has bequeathed approximately $10 million dollars to National Jewish Health, nearly one third of Eddings’s estate. The remaining portion of the estate will go to Reed College. The portion for NJH will be used to pioneer new approaches in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood asthma. Eddings’s wife, Leigh, who died last year, suffered from asthma for most of her life.
Author David Eddings (b.1931) died on June 2. Eddings began publishing fantasy in 1982 with the Pawn of Prophecy, first in his Belgariad series. He followed up with numerous novels examining the same world, often from points of view of different characters who had been previously introduced. In the mid-90s, his books began to acknowledge his wife, Leigh Eddings, as an active collaborator.