Texas Children's Remembers Dan Duncan
HOUSTON - (Mar. 29, 2010) - Today, Texas Children'sHospital is deeply saddened by the loss of a great friend, Houston businessleader and philanthropist, Dan Duncan. Together, Jan and Dan Duncan served ashonorary chairs of the hospital's Heal Sick Children campaign, acting astireless advocates and helping to ensure the success of the Texas Children'sHospital's Vision 2010 initiatives. In 2007, Jan and Dan Duncan made a record$50 million gift to launch the world's preeminent collaborative institute to studyand treat pediatric neurological disorders. The gift was given to support thecreation and development of the Neurological Research Institute at TexasChildren's Hospital, now the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological ResearchInstitute. The institute is the first dedicated facility to use amultidisciplinary research approach to understand the unique issues of achild's brain structure, development patterns and related diseases. For moreinformation on the Duncan's contribution to Texas Children's Hospital, see http://bit.ly/9AYdcn.
"The Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological ResearchInstitute will indeed be a lasting tribute to Dan and a legacy of his selflessaltruism in truly touching the lives of so many, both today and in the future,"said Mark Wallace, President and CEO, Texas Children's Hospital.
Although he was a talented businessman and head ofa Forbes 500 company, what truly distinguished Dan was his life-long commitmentto the core values he grew up with in a small town in Texas. Dan was oftenquoted as saying: "True wealth is really measured in lives you touch, not inthe dollars you have."
"We at Texas Children's Hospital have been sofortunate to have been the beneficiary of Dan's commitment and compassion, hisleadership and insight, his friendship and generosity. I hope you will join mein paying tribute to a great man. I hope especially that each of us be inspiredby the legacy he leaves behind as we serve the patients and families who cometo us for help and hope," added Wallace.
Dan was the co-founder and chairman of EnterpriseProducts Partners and served as a member of the Baylor College of MedicineBoard of Trustees, as well as an Honorary Trustee of the Texas Heart Instituteat St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital. He is the dedicated husband of TexasChildren's board member, Jan Ellis Duncan, and a loving father of four andgrandfather of four. Texas Children's extends its most sincere and deepestsympathy to Jan and the entire Duncan family during this very difficult time.Dan was a true icon in the Houston community and he will be dearly missed.
About Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children, has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.