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Former Gov. Bill Clements Makes Historic Gift to UT Southwestern With $100 Million 'Transformative' Contribution
Date:6/12/2009

$100 million donation and Mr. Clements' previous gifts as testament to his confidence in the collaborative research, teaching and patient care mission of UT Southwestern, as well as Mr. Clements' long relationship with his personal physician, Dr. Albert D. Roberts, who formerly held the Walter Family Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern, established in his honor in 2004.

"I have great admiration for the medical school and the fabulous progress it has made during the past several years," said Mr. Clements, who served on the search committee that convinced the first president of UT Southwestern, the late Dr. Charles C. Sprague, to come to Dallas in 1967 from Tulane University School of Medicine to be dean of the medical school. Mr. Clements and Dr. Sprague had been chemistry classmates at Southern Methodist University.

William T. Solomon, chairman of the board of Southwestern Medical Foundation and lifelong friend of Mr. Clements, said, "Bill Clements is and always has been a man of bold vision and purpose. In making the largest gift in UT Southwestern history -- and arguably one of the largest single gifts in Dallas history -- he underscores the vital role of philanthropy in building strong institutions where medical breakthroughs actually happen. And the breakthroughs at UT Southwestern -- from the labs to the classrooms to the clinics and hospitals -- are in fact life-changing. There can be no more fitting legacy for Bill Clements than changing people's lives for the better."

UT System Board of Regents Chairman James R. Huffines said, "We are tremendously grateful for this remarkable gift from Mr. Clements. It has been my privilege to know him and Mrs. Clements for many years and, as a result, to understand that each of them always has the best interests of Texas at heart. As he hopes, this transformational gift will help raise up a new generation of outstanding
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