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Dottie and Jimmy Adair’s strong faith played a significant role during Mr. Adair’s long battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a disorder in which an individual’s bone marrow does not produce enough healthy ADAIR blood cells leading to an inability to fight infections and control bleeding. Mr. Adair ultimately lost his battle with the disease on January 27, 2013, but before he passed, the couple came to a realization and a decision. “Jimmy and I recognized that all gifts have been given from God and you have to share your gifts to honor and continue them,” Dottie explains. Although they knew that it would not be able to save Jimmy’s life, the couple was determined to help others battling the disease. They established the Dottie and Jimmy C. Adair Distinguished Chair in Hematology which supports Dr. Lawrence Rice’s research in MDS and provides seed funding to several teams of clinicians and scientists studying this disease. The chair carries on Jimmy Adair’s legacy and hope to improve MDS treatment and gain a better understanding of the disease. Emily Herrmann was a loving mother, wonderful friend and dedicated Walter Oil & Gas employee. When she lost a brave 10-year battle with breast cancer in 2007, her friends, colleagues and family generously honored her memory by supporting research in the Emily Herrmann Cancer Research Laboratory. In 2014, Rusty Walter and Carole Looke, along with their spouses Paula HERRMANN Walter and Jim Looke and friends Ann and Billy Harrison, created a second innovative fundraising initiative to honor Emily’s life. Their generous matching gift challenge led to more than 65 contributors donating to the establishment of the Emily Herrmann Chair in Cancer Research. The position is held by Dr. Jenny Chang, an internationally renowned physician-scientist focused on tracking the origins of triple-negative breast cancer and repurposing approved drugs to battle this aggressive form of the disease. bokout A dedicated and visionary member of the Houston Methodist Research Institute board of directors and chair of its finance committee, John Bookout III and his wife Ann recently created the John F. III and Ann H. Bookout Distinguished Chair for Research Excellence. The new position will further the institute’s mission by funding research in precision or regenerative medicine. The Bookout’s gift also supports the Translational Research Initiative (TRI), a program to speed the research pathway from the laboratory to patients’ bedsides (see page 8). Their establishment of the chair and start-up fund helped Houston Methodist to recruit Dr. Philip Horner from the Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Horner is a renowned scientist with a research focus on the use of stem cells as a basis for regeneration in spinal cord injury. The Bookout family’s leadership and involvement at Houston Methodist are long-standing, with John’s father, John F. Bookout, serving on the board for 36 years, including 16 years as chair. houstonmethodist.org/foundation 19


Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014
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