From its inception, UT Southwestern Medical Center has been an institution driven by generosity.
Numerous academic and civic leaders have shaped the university’s vision, but Dr. Edward H. Cary planted the first seed in 1943 when he pitched Dallas philanthropist Karl Hoblitzelle and a coalition of business leaders with the idea for a world-class medical center.
What started with their act of giving 78 years ago flourished into the institution UT Southwestern is today. Ranging from award-winning patient care and ground-breaking discoveries to renowned scholars and Nobel Laureates, the university’s litany of accolades is surpassed only by its impact on the lives of students and patients through exemplary education, research, and patient care.
On May 5, alumni and community supporters honored that heritage by commemorating the anniversary of the institution’s creation and starting a new Founders Day tradition.