The formal name of our facility is The Mary Clark and E. Grey Dimond Scholars’ Center. Dr. and Mrs. Dimond began building Diastole in 1976 and lived here until Mrs. Dimond’s death in 1983. The Dimonds’ intent was to provide a serene yet stimulating off-site event facility that would enhance the endeavors of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).

Today, a much expanded Diastole is available for a wide variety of UMKC functions including retreats, recitals, lectures, continuing education, committee and staff meetings, journal clubs, reunions, study groups, luncheons, dinners and University social gatherings. Non-University groups are welcome on a limited basis for scholarly, educational, civic and community enhancing events. We’re sorry, but Diastole is not available for weddings, birthday parties, or any other personal social events.

Diastole, pronounced (dy-AS-tuh-lee), is a medical term for the interim between heartbeats, when the heart muscle relaxes. Systole is when the heart beats and delivers life’s blood downstream. The heart rests following each systole, and fills with the blood of the next pulse. This period, the heart at rest, is Diastole.



Blue Dimond

We want your stories!

Which EGD did you know best? Physician? Teacher? SOM Founder? China enthusiast? Resident host and gentleman gardener at Diastole? Whether you knew Dr. Dimond from his KU days in the 1950s, played beach volley-ball with him at Scripps-La Jolla in the 60s, or climbed on board the Dimond train when it steamed into Kansas City to reinvent medical education in 1968 — we want to hear from you! Diastole’s own Nancy Hill will begin working on the long anticipated EGD biography this year. As many of you know, Nancy worked closely with Dr. Dimond for more than a decade. After some initial resistance he came around and fully embraced this project. Many parts of Dimond’s life are well documented, but for a fuller, richer picture of this complex, at times contradictory, and frequently surprising individual, Nancy needs your stories, memories, anecdotes, or pearls of virtually any sort involving our esteemed Founder.

They can be positive or negative, funny or serious, personal or professional — although the more personal the better. The Dimond resume, extraordinary by virtually any measure, is fairly well known. This book seeks to paint a fuller picture of the man — what he was like as a colleague, a mentor, a doctor, a boss, a father, a friend… What made him so different from other mere mortals and how was it that he made such a profound impact on so many people? Please don’t worry about writing a polished essay — anything from a page, a paragraph, or even a few choice lines will be welcome and appreciated. And if you don’t want to write anything at all, call or email Nancy (816-235-8855; hillnk@umkc.edu) and she’ll set up a time to talk on the phone or in person.

Thanks in advance and we look forward to hearing from you! (Nancy is the author of A Very Private Public Citizen: the Life of Grenville Clark published by the University of Missouri Press in 2014; co-author of Deliver Your Own Eulogy! a memoir by former Bloch School Dean Teng-Kee Tan, published by Outskirts Press in 2015; and author of a biographical chapter about E. Grey and Mary Clark Dimond in A Proven Experiment: Looking Back at the UMKC Medical School, edited by Jerry and Patricia Burton and published by the Kansas City Star Press in 2015.)