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Dr. Susan Seybold and husband Rhett Campbell

Susan Seybold, DDS ’81, and husband Rhett Campbell have seen their gift to the Department of Pediatric Dentistry matched 100 percent through UTHealth’s Game Changers Initiative.

Dr. Seybold’s Gift Creates Endowed Fund for UTSD Pediatric Dentistry

Susan Seybold, MPH, DDS, started her career in the basement — literally.

As a student at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry, Seybold was part of a class whose students — including the school’s current dean, John A. Valenza, DDS — began their training by studying in the building’s basement. 

Seybold graduated from the School of Dentistry in 1981. After earning her residency in pediatric dentistry she went into private practice.

“I really enjoyed the families that I helped take care of, and I felt as though they were like my family,” she said.

Seybold eventually left private practice join the faculty of the School of Dentistry. She relished teaching dental students to be thoughtful and compassionate, and to truly care about their patients. She also enjoyed opportunities to work with teams at other UTHealth schools to provide dental care for children with special needs, such as cleft palate.  FULL STORY

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr and Mrs Charles Hoopingarner

A $50,000 gift to UTHealth from Dr. and Mrs. Charles Hoopingarner of Houston has been doubled through UTHealth's Game Changers Initiative. The donation helps fund The Ralph A. Frankson, DDS Professorship in General Practice, in memory of a longtime UTSD professor.

UTHealth’s Game Changer Initiative Doubles Hoopingarners’ Gift

 They say timing is everything, and that sentiment has never been more true than this year, when certain gifts to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) are being matched for double impact.

You heard it right. UTHealth is offering to match donations made through its new Game Changers Initiative. To qualify for matching, the gifts must be between $50,000 and $1 million and come from individual donors. It’s a program that makes a good investment even better.

The most recent contributors to the program are Gayla and Charles Hoopingarner, DDS, who just gifted $50,000 to advance the future of general dentistry.

“In my 41 years of providing general dentistry care and education, I’ve seen massive changes in techniques, tools and understanding within our profession,” said Charles Hoopingarner, a Class of 1973 alumnus and clinical associate professor at UTHealth School of Dentistry. “We just wanted to be able to continue that progress.”
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Dr. Housholder's $1 Gift for Scholarships Sets Record

Dr. Glenn Housholder

Dr. Glenn Housholder

A quiet, unassuming professor of pharmacology who loved teaching has left her estate to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry, and at $1.1 million, the bequest is the largest gift by a faculty member in the health science center’s history.

Generating an estimated $50,000 for scholarships in the first year alone, “The Housholder Scholarships” are the legacy of Professor Emerita Glenn Tholen Housholder, PhD, one of the first female faculty members at the School of Dentistry (formerly known as UT Dental Branch). 

"We are so truly honored that Dr. Housholder chose to make this gift to the school,” said Dean John A. Valenza, DDS.  “The impact on our students for generations to come will be transformational as we strive to recruit the very best.  I’m so thankful to have known her, first as her student, and later as her faculty colleague, and to be able to tell others about her as a person and as an educator.”  FULL STORY

 

Dr. Bernard Katz and Gloria Pepper Katz

 Bernard Katz, DDS, MSD, and wife Gloria Pepper Katz.

Dr. and Mrs. Katz Establish UTSD's First Endowed Chair                                 for Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

For Bernard Katz, DDS, MSD, creating the first endowed chair for the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry is his way of paying it forward … and back.

Katz and his wife, Gloria Pepper Katz, have committed $500,000 to establish the second endowed chair in the school’s 109-year history. Current OMS Department Chair and Professor Mark E. Wong, DDS, will be the first holder of this endowed position.

“They gave so much to me,” Katz said of the School of Dentistry, where he earned his DDS in 1962 and completed his MSD in oral surgery in 1965. “I felt I needed to give back to them.”  FULL STORY

 

At The Orthodontic Foundation's surprise presentation honoring Dr. W. Bonham Magness (from left) are Dr. Jeryl English, Dean John A. Valenza, DDS; Dr. Magness and Dr. Sam Winkelmann. Photo by Brian Schnupp.

At The Orthodontic Foundation's surprise presentation honoring Dr. W. Bonham Magness (from left) are Dr. Jeryl English, Dean John A. Valenza, DDS; Dr. Magness and Dr. Sam Winkelmann. Photo by Brian Schnupp.

 

The Orthodontic Foundation Honors Dr. Magness      with Endowed Professorship in His Name

How do you pay homage to a professor who has taught every orthodontic resident at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston since 1960? By creating an endowment in his name that will help other professors and residents.

The Orthodontic Foundation has donated $100,000 to the School of Dentistry to create the W. Bonham Magness Endowed Professorship in Orthodontics.

W. Bonham Magness earned his DDS from UTSD in 1956. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, but thoughts of an orthodontic residency were never far away. He wrote frequent letters from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio to the Orthodontic Department founder and chair A.P. Westfall, DDS. 

“I didn’t want Dr. Westfall to forget me,” Magness recalled. “After a few weeks, he wrote back and said, ‘Rest assured you have not been forgotten.’     FULL STORY