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$1.5 million gift to benefit nursing students in Texas

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Doctoral students, nursing students, and officials of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio are celebrating $1.5 million in gifts from the estate of Laura A. Adler in memory of her husband, Harry F. Adler, MD, PhD, according to a news release.

The Health Science Center will receive $1 million of the gift, half of which will establish the Harry F. Adler, MD, PhD, Laboratory in the South Texas Research Facility. The other half will fund the Harry F. Adler, MD, PhD, President’s Endowment. Through the BHFSA, the remaining $500,000 will establish the Harry F. Adler, MD, PhD, Endowed Scholarship Fund for nursing students at the Baptist Health System School of Health Professions.

Adler was an early pioneer in translational medicine who, in 1950, wrote an unpublished report on altitude decompression sickness that became a classic review used by many investigators. The report became a book in 1964. Adler, a Chicago native, ran a family practice from 1949 to 1979 in San Antonio, and was chief of staff at a Baptist hospital. He died in 1997.

At a reception in November, Dallas dermatologist Max Adler, MD, a 1976 alumnus of the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center, spoke on behalf of the Adler family. “Mom and Dad would be very proud of this,” he said in the release.

The event honored the memory of Adler and his wife, who met at San Antonio’s Randolph Air Force Base. “To this generous family, we say thank you for supporting two institutions of San Antonio, the UT Health Science Center and Baptist Health System,” Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, DDS, MS, president ad interim of the health science center, said in the release.

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