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Mangos named chair in pediatric pulmonology (4/18/97)

John A. Mangos, MD, professor and chairman of pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has been named the initial holder of the university's Miss Eloise Alexander Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Pulmonology.

The appointment was approved by The University of Texas System Board of Regents and announced April 19 at a dinner honoring Dr. Mangos.

Funds for the Distinguished Chair came from the Eloise Alexander Foundation in memory of Miss Alexander of San Antonio. Income from the $1,038,083 endowment will be used to support teaching, research and treatment of asthma and other respiratory diseases of children.

In announcing the appointment of Dr. Mangos, John P. Howe III, MD, Health Science Center president, said "Your commitment and dedication to The University of Texas Health Science Center have added greatly to your department, your medical school and the community you serve. There could be no finer choice to fill this position."

Said Dr. Mangos, "During my 41 years as a physician, I have felt privileged to be able to serve children with pulmonary problems. I do hope that in the remaining years of my career, assisted by the Miss Eloise Alexander Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Pulmonology, I will be able to continue serving these children and their families. I truly feel honored!"

Dr. Mangos has been chairman of pediatrics at the Health Science Center since 1982 when he and his wife Rae and their four daughters moved to San Antonio from Florida. Born in Greece, Dr. Mangos earned his medical degree from the Medical School of the Aristotelian in his native country and completed postgraduate work in Madison, Wisconsin.

In addition to his responsibilities in pediatrics, Dr. Mangos enjoys spending time with his family, which now includes two granddaughters, and he also is active in his capacity as an ordained Greek Orthodox priest. He is currently acting pastor for St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in San Antonio.

The pediatrician has a longstanding interest in pediatric pulmonology problems including cystic fibrosis.

Eloise Alexander, an actress and model, suffered =66rom asthma, which eventually contributed to her death. She was born in 1913, the granddaughter of a member of the Osage Indian Tribe of Oklahoma. During the 1930s and '40s, she appeared in stage productions in New York and New England, and in radio and television programs. Her photograph appeared in several national advertisements.

Miss Alexander was declared an Osage Indian princess and named Princess Lah-Scha, which means "Beautiful Flowers." Her nickname was "En-Ne-O-Pe" or "Not Afraid to Go Alone." She lived in New York and Los Angeles before moving to San Antonio in 1965. She died on April 25, 1969, at the age of 55, leaving her entire estate to the foundation bearing her name.

Contact: Mike Lawrence (210) 567-2570