Texas Christian University has announced a $25 million endowment gift from the estate of Anne Burnett Windfohr Marion in support of the TCU and University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine.
The Anne W. Marion Endowment will support students, faculty, and programming at the medical school, which welcomed its inaugural class of sixty students in 2019. With a mission "to transform health care by inspiring empathetic scholars," the school provides communication skills instruction as part of its curriculum, along with flipped classrooms and active learning. In addition, all students are required to complete a four-year mentored research project and receive support through a Physician Development Coaching program.
Marion was a Texas rancher and oil heiress who served as president of Burnett Ranches, president of the Burnett Foundation, and board chair of the Burnett Oil Company. She helped establish the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe and provided support for a $65 million expansion of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth as well as the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and Kimbell Art Museum, both in Fort Worth.
"I am inspired by the vision of the School of Medicine to transform medical education," Marion said before her passing in February. "This school is bringing considerable advances and innovations that are reshaping curriculum and preparing its graduates to better serve the community."
"This historic gift will help us empower current and new generations of talented and diverse students and faculty to address the complex healthcare issues challenging our world," said Stuart D. Flynn, dean of the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. "The foundation's generosity supports our efforts to create physicians who are highly skilled and knowledgeable yet compassionate care givers."