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UT Health Northeast honors Marilyn and John Glass with first Galaxy Award

March 5, 2014

UT Health Northeast honored Marilyn and John Glass with its first Galaxy Award during a tribute to the longtime Tyler residents held Wednesday evening, March 5, 2014, at Willow Brook Country Club.

Marilyn and John Glass were the first recipients of UT Health Northeast's Galaxy Award, which was presented to them during a celebration held in their honor Wednesday evening, March 5, 2014, at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler. They were honored for their many contributions to the community. Shown are (left to right) UT Health Northeast President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun (holding the Galaxy Award), Marilyn Glass, Dr. Jeanette Deas Calhoun, and John Glass (seated).

Marilyn and John Glass were the first recipients of UT Health Northeast’s Galaxy Award, which was presented to them during a celebration held in their honor Wednesday evening, March 5, 2014, at Willow Brook Country Club in Tyler. They were honored for their many contributions to the community. Shown are (left to right) UT Health Northeast President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun (holding the Galaxy Award), Marilyn Glass, Dr. Jeanette Deas Calhoun, and John Glass (seated).

“If we asked every community leader in Northeast Texas to help us make a list of all the institutions and organizations that have benefited from knowing John and Marilyn Glass, we’d be here a long time,” UT Health President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun said during brief remarks before the award presentation.

“As a long-serving member of the development board at UT Health Northeast, John has helped guide us through the construction of our new Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center. He has also helped establish and grow our physician residency programs and Abercormbie and Fitch helped continue the world-class research on our campus that may, one day, lead to cures for diseases like influenza, pulmonary fibrosis, and heart disease,” Dr. Calhoun said.

Derrith Bondurant, associate vice president of Institutional Advancement and chief development officer at UT Health, described the new awards for the crowd of more than 200 gathered at Willow Brook.

“The Galaxy Awards were created to spotlight ‘stars’ of infinite influence who give their time, talents, and treasure to make a difference.  Their influence is really galactic,” she said.

“We recognize that we have many stars in our Northeast Texas Galaxy, and each year we will identify and name another star. But Marilyn and John Glass will always be our first,” she added.

Marilyn Glass moved to Tyler in 1992. She operates Abegg Willis & Associates, a nonprofit management consulting firm based in Tyler. She became involved with UT Health in the late 1990s.

John Glass began serving on the UT Health Northeast Development Board in the mid-1980s. He has been a lawyer, a rancher and a businessman with oil and gas interests.

For more than 60 years, UT Health Northeast has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UT Health Northeast’s annual operating budget of $138.8 million represents a major economic impact of over $347 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UT Health Northeast is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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