Gratias Dono Honors Outstanding Volunteers and Contributors
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) President Larry R. Kaiser, M.D., right, greets renowned heart surgeon Denton Cooley, M.D., during the Feb. 4 Gratias Dono event to thank volunteers and contributors to the health science center.
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dean George Stancel, Ph.D., center, chats with Harry Gee Jr. and his wife Antje Wuelfrath Gee during the donor appreciation event.
Development Board President Gene Vaughan, Kaiser, and Development Board Life Member Ralph O’Connor, congratulate longtime Development Board member Rodney Margolis, second from right, on being given life member status during the Gratias Dono event held at the Houston Country Club.
Paul Simmons, Ph.D., professor and director of the Centre for Stem Cell Research at The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases, spoke of his decision to move from his native Australia to Houston. He said that Houstonians have “a love of philanthropy that is really unparalleled anywhere.”
University of Texas System Vice Chancellor for External Relations Randa Safady, Ph.D., served as emcee of the Feb. 4 event.
The Gratias Dono event was preceded by a Development Board meeting, during which UT Health Science Center at Houston President Larry R. Kaiser, M.D., delivered a State of the University address. He noted that despite the downturn in the national economy, UTHealth is maintaining a positive financial margin.