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Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014

Endowed chairs have a rich history, dating back as far as 176 A.D. to the Roman Empire. Instituted by Emperor Marcus Aurelius, an endowed chair was created for each of the major schools of philosophy. Today, endowed chairs acknowledge the accomplishments of the most prestigious and significant physicians and scientists in the world. Houston Methodist continues this time-honored tradition of recognizing its most esteemed faculty through the 41 endowed chairs which have been generously established as of December 31, 2014. Endowed chairs are established at $1 million, $2 million and $3 million levels. The corpus is permanently invested and can be paid over a period of years. A portion of the earnings from the endowment is distributed annually for use by the chair holder, ensuring that the named chair will continue in perpetuity in support of the institution’s most esteemed faculty and as an enduring legacy of the benefactor. The generous contributors who established these chairs all arrived through a different means, a different passion and a different personal story. The benefactors on the following pages have profoundly impacted our institution and transformed lives through their generosity to Houston Methodist. For four generations, the Blanton, Scurlock and Wareing families have supported Houston Methodist through volunteer leadership and generous philanthropy. In 2003, they established the Eddy Scurlock Stroke Center in honor of the family’s patriarch. Recently, they furthered this commitment WAREING through the creation of the Elizabeth Blanton Wareing Chair in the Eddy Scurlock Stroke Center. Jack Blanton Jr. and Eddy Blanton surprised their sister and Houston Methodist board member, Elizabeth Wareing, by arranging for the endowed chair to be named in her honor. The establishment of this chair recognizes Mrs. Wareing’s commitment and dedication to improving the quality of life for Houstonians and to Houston Methodist’s future. The Wareing chair is held by Dr. David Chiu who is highly regarded for his research to extend the length and quality of life for stroke patients. The family also established the Jack S. Blanton Presidential Distinguished Chair for the Study of Neurological Disease in 2008. tramelL Dedicated service and support of Houston Methodist are hallmarks of the W. Bryan Trammell Jr. family, reaching back decades to the institution’s early days under the leadership of his grandparents, Ella and Walter W. Fondren. Since before Mr. Trammell’s passing in 1985, he and his wife Ann G. Trammell and their family have given generously to support numerous Houston Methodist initiatives. Through the generosity of The Ella Fondren Trust and her own personal support, Ann Trammell established the W. Bryan Trammell Jr. Family Distinguished Chair in Allergy and Immunology to honor her late husband. The chair was designed to support a world-class physician-scientist who conducts research and helps train future allergists and immunologists, and to provide resources to enable comprehensive treatment for patients with severe allergies and immunological diseases. The inaugural holder of this prestigious endowed chair is Dr. David P. Huston, a renowned academic immunologist who has been a national leader in the field and is widely respected for his work in educating the next generation of physicians who specialize in the treatment of patients plagued by allergies and immunologic diseases. The Jimmy F. Howell, MD Chair honors one of the members of Dr. Michael E. DeBakey’s original surgical team assembled in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Dr. Jimmy Howell’s expertise in peripheral vascular surgery and his innovations in cardiac surgery put him on the national stage. In 1983 the family of the late William S. Mackey Jr. made a gift in support of Dr. Howell’s groundbreaking cardiovascular research. In 2014 Mr. Mackey’s widow, Barbara, repurposed the generous gift and, along with additional funding from others, including Walter Oil & Gas Corporation through the generosity of Paula and Joseph C. “Rusty” Walter and Carole and Jim Looke, established the Jimmy F. Howell, MD Chair. The chair will be held by a physician who will continue the paradigm-shifting research and patient care for which the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center is renowned and will be forever linked with one of the institution’s most revered and accomplished physicians. Dr. Howell passed away on December 22, 2014, at the age of 82. howel houstonmethodist.org/foundation 15


Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014
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