The Hilton Americas-Houston ballroom was transformed into a cosmic experience Friday, Nov. 4 for the biennial University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Constellation Gala, an event dedicated to honoring luminaries of the institution.
Approximately 500 guests attended the celestial-themed gala to honor the legacy and achievements of Kathrine G. McGovern and her late husband, John P. McGovern, M.D., a pediatric allergist, immunologist and educator who devoted his life to scientific research and improving the lives of his patients.
“Dr. McGovern deeply believed that physicians needed not only scientific skills, but the ability to listen and empathize with their patients,” said Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, M.D., UTHealth president. “He once said: ‘We physicians are a privileged lot. Privileged to serve, to share the human drama of our patients, and to contribute to their health and well-being. To be properly educated to practice his or her art, it is essential that knowledge of science be supplemented by familiarity with the humanities.’
“Dr. McGovern was fortunate to have his wife by his side in all of his endeavors,” Colasurdo added. “In many ways, she embodies the very compassion that he so often and so famously spoke about. Because Kathy is humble, she is gentle, she is kind and she is generous and a true friend to many.”
Last year, UTHealth received a $75 million endowment from the McGovern Foundation and renamed the medical school the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School in the couple’s honor. The sizeable gift supports medical training, research and educational programs, and funds 10 full-ride scholarships for students who not only show their academic strengths, but also demonstrate the same level of compassion for patients and families that John McGovern valued.
“Jack would be so proud to see our name on such a forward-thinking institution devoted to teaching generations of future physicians to be humanistic and compassionate caregivers,” Kathrine McGovern said. “My late husband … was devoted to excellence in patient care, research and education, the same high standards UTHealth Medical School pursues daily.”
The inaugural gala in 2014 honored legendary trauma surgeon and Life Flight founder James H. “Red” Duke, Jr., as well as distinguished UTHealth clinicians and scientists. While the initial event brought in $1.85 million, this year’s Constellation Gala set a new record with more than $5.6 million raised to benefit UTHealth students and to fund research, scholarships and faculty endowments.
UTHealth Luminaries, a volunteer group of young community leaders, concluded the event with the Club No Ursa Minor after-party that featured lively musical performances by the Jordan Kahn Orchestra. The after-party helped raise funds to benefit a pediatric brain cancer research program led David Sandberg, M.D., professor and chief of the division of pediatric neurosurgery at UTHealth McGovern Medical School, co-director of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and pediatric neurosurgeon at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran M. Ross Kirk. Ross served for 28 years and retired in 1988. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. Ross served two tours in Vietnam with the 4/39th Infantry Battalion, the 9th Infantry Division and the 5th Special Forces Group with the Chaplain Corps. He was also a member of the 101st Airborne Division, the 18th Airborne Corps 1st Division, and the Green Beret Parachute Demonstration Team. He wore the Green Beret on active duty for nine years and is nicknamed the “Leapin’ Deacon” due to his 225 military jumps, including 50 HALO (high altitude, low opening) jumps and 450 sport parachute jumps. Ross’ positions in the Army included Command Chaplain for the Special Operations Command (Airborne) and Senior Chaplain of the Combined Peacekeeping Forces in the liberation of Grenada. He retired at Fort Riley, Kansas in 1988 and has lived with his wife Judy in Wakefield, Kansas for 27 years. They have four children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Ross was awarded four Bronze Stars, five Air Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He also earned the Ranger Tab, the Special Forces Tab and Master Parachutist and Air Assault Badges. Thank you for your service, Ross!
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