A supplement to the Mission magazine highlighting advancements at the The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the heroes who help make them happen.
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Endowed scholarship honors Green, supports student mentors
Paul M. Green
Paul M. Green

The late Paul M. Green, an attorney for nearly 50 years, was passionate about his profession and about serving his South Texas community. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, education was important to Green, and he took seriously his role in mentoring other lawyers throughout the state.

An expert in media law and medical malpractice, Paul was founder and senior partner of Green & DuBois P.C. and served as chief attorney for the University Health System where he was impressed by the work of
UT Health Science Center faculty members who practice at University Hospital.

“He admired the Health Science Center faculty and respected their work ethic, compassion toward patients and the tutelage they provided young medical students and residents,” said Paul’s wife, Cathy Obriotti Green.

Cathy, who is vice president of community relations at Zachry Holdings, said she became more involved with the university in the late 1980s when she served as chair of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Government and Education Council.

“Paul and I grew to admire and appreciate the sacrifices the faculty made for their life’s work – their patients, research, students and staff,” Cathy said.

When Paul died in September 2006, Cathy said it was only fitting she create a memorial fund at the Health Science Center in her husband’s honor. And, when more than 80 of the Greens’ friends and colleagues donated more than $10,000 to the fund, Cathy was overwhelmed.

“The outpouring of support gave testimony to Paul’s life. He was admired by so many whose lives he touched through his work and the time he spent mentoring,” Cathy said.

Today, the Paul M. Green Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Medical Education is approaching $30,000. Its purpose is to support an outstanding medical student who is dedicated to serving fellow students through coaching and mentoring.

President Henrich described the Greens as a couple whose steadfast support and advocacy throughout the years aided university leaders in advancing the institution’s status at the state and national level.

“An endowed scholarship in memory of Paul Green pays tribute to both Paul and Cathy and their many contributions to making lives better,” Dr. Henrich said. “Through this important endowment, Paul’s example of service will continue to inspire students for generations to come.”

Cathy said Paul would be honored to know a scholarship was named in his honor.

“Paul respected those who had a sincere desire to improve their craft. That is what the Health Science Center is all about,” Cathy said. “The talent, intellectual curiosity and commitment there make the institution a shining beacon of hope for our future. Paul was inspired by the people who made the Health Science Center what it is today. And, because others were inspired by Paul’s leadership and generosity, the university will be able to impact the future of so many more through this new scholarship.”

The first Paul M. Green Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Medical Education will be awarded to an outstanding student in the School of Medicine this spring.

To learn more about creating a memorial or endowed scholarship at the Health Science Center, call (210) 567-6395.

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