$500,000 gift establishes first Bowers Chair in Texas
Since then, Mrs. Bowers has contributed more than $2.7 million to the CTRC and the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio to support research, education and clinical care programs.
"Mother is passionate about many important issues, including women’s and children’s causes, the arts and humanities, as well as education, medicine and research," said Bonnie Korbell, daughter of Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers. "She has given generously to these efforts, and always honors her late parents, Verna and Marrs McLean, through her gifts. They were steadfast philanthropists who inspired mother to continue their legacy. This is a fitting tribute, not only because of my mother’s devotion to the CTRC, but also because she is a breast cancer survivor herself."
Ian M. Thompson Jr., M.D.,executive director of the CTRC, said he was proud to announce the recruitment this year of Peter M. Ravdin, M.D., Ph.D., to lead the Breast Health Clinic and become the inaugural holder of The Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers Chair in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. (See related article featuring Dr. Ravdin on page 10.)
"We knew we needed someone renowned in both research and clinical care to lead by example and to take our program to the next level because that is what our patients deserve. We found that expertise in Dr. Ravdin," Dr. Thompson said. "We are immensely grateful to Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers, Bonnie Korbell and all of Mrs. Bowers’ family for this gift that is allowing us to recruit the best and to create a comprehensive team of breast care specialists at the CTRC. It is an additional honor to be the first institution in Texas to hold a chair in Mrs. Bowers’ name."
John Korbell, husband of Bonnie Korbell, chaired the CTRC’s Board of Governors from 1988 to 1994.
"This is a very exciting time in the history of the CTRC and the UT Health Science Center," he said. "Recruiting outstanding leadership and expertise will allow the CTRC to continue to thrive, making it the choice destination for the best in cancer treatment and care right here in San Antonio. Ruth Bowers can be proud that she played a major role in making this possible."
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