August 28, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 32

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Regents name Laredo Campus Extension's first building for D.D. Hachar

The first building in the new Laredo Campus Extension, part of the Health Science Center, will be named for late Laredo philanthropist and businessman D. D. Hachar. The U. T. System Board of Regents approved the designation Aug. 10 in Austin.

The Regents also formally accepted a $2 million commitment to the Laredo campus from the D.D. Hachar Charitable Trust Fund.

The 18,000-square-foot building will house offices of programs funded through the South Texas/Border Region Health Professional Initiative (STBI), which was created by the Texas Legislature in 1995.

Total project cost is $4 million. The $2 million gift is the largest disbursement in the history of the D.D. Hachar Charitable Trust Fund.

Demetrio David (D.D.) Hachar was a Lebanese immigrant who overcame early financial disadvantages. He created a trust to provide financial support to educational institutions in the Laredo area. Since his death in 1978, the Hachar Trust has become one of the largest philanthropic efforts devoted to health and educational opportunities in South Texas.