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Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014

While their generosity focuses mainly on scientific research, the Katzes in 2012 made a substantial gift to build and maintain The Lenny C. Katz Performing Arts Center at The Kinkaid School as a legacy to Lenny’s life and love for the theater. Evan Katz says the Center’s opening also opened the family’s eyes to what a life force their brother, a 1984 Kinkaid graduate, had been during his shortened active life. In a busy hallway near the Houston Methodist Research Institute and the hospital’s heavily traveled Market Place restaurant, a 4-foot-by-3-foot plaque is dedicated to the generosity of the Jerold B. Katz family. The story board hangs in the midst of hundreds of moving doctors, nurses, staff members, patients and visitors. The location of the plaque means a lot to the family, says Evan Katz. “Someone always stops to look into the bright eyes and charismatic smile of my brother Lenny,” he says. “They read about him and our story.” The Lenny Katz story illustrates the power and importance of patient care at Houston Methodist and the institution’s unwavering support of unparalleled quality and safety. It is also a story of promise lost and promise gained – and of medical breakthroughs just on the horizon, and a future in which science continues to unravel the mysteries of the body’s most complex but least understood organ – the human brain. Below left: Lenny Katz on the Kinkaid football team. Below: Lenny Katz, Evan Katz, Lissy Katz Bank and Jerold B. Katz “Our story is one of hardship but also of hope – and a family’s strength, persistence and love.” - Evan Katz houstonmethodist.org/foundation 7


Houston Methodist Foundation Magazine | 2014
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