Donor Stories

Passion and Planning Create a UH Legacy Dedicated to Children and Youth
Being of service to others was of utmost importance to Dr. Mary Ruth Lewis, a champion for social work, children and families. More

Video: Alumnus Supports College with $4.5M Charitable Gift Annuity
Over the course of his career as an engineer, Larry Snider (BSIE ’55) lived and worked all around the world. Larry and his wife, Gerri, have called many places “home,” from California and Iran, to Ohio and Pakistan. Yet no matter where his career took him, Larry said there was one place he always returned to: the University of Houston. More

A Legacy of Giving From a UH Mentor, Teacher and Friend
Robert E. Sheriff, professor emeritus in the University of Houston's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and longtime departmental benefactor, left a tremendous legacy to the University of Houston. Through endowments and scholarships, he and his wife ushered in a new generation of geophysicists with a passion for the field where he was, in the words of Hua-wei Zhou, chair of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, "a giant." More

Navigating New Generations of Success: Randy Pike
For Randy Pike (M.B.A. ’93), there’s nothing quite like the peacefulness and tranquility of sailing beneath a full moon. More

UH: Like One of The Family
The weather on this Houston early spring day was cold and gray with on-and-off misty rain. "It's a good day," remarks Carl Arp ('64) as he flashes a bright smile and glances out the window. "We beat Rice last night. If we beat them at tiddlywinks, I love it." More

Smart Giving Benefits Donor and UH
Ouida Jo Hembree '49 remembers her years at UH as a memorable and historic time. She also remembers the difference that a scholarship made to her. Today she proudly makes giving back to UH a priority. More

Joan and Herman Suit: President's Medallion Recipients
Herman and Joan Suit believe in the importance of education and scientific discovery; their careers and support of the University of Houston and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) reflect that commitment. More

Smith-Wensveen Endowment Created
An exuberant love of science and sound financial planning led Dean Earl L. Smith, III and his wife, Dr. Janice Wensveen to pledge a series of gifts, including deferred gift annuities, to the College of Optometry. This will enable the University of Houston to create a Smith-Wensveen Endowment in the College of Optometry with priority given to an Endowed Professorship or Chair. More

Dr. Susan Robbins
As an Associate Professor at the University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW), Dr. Susan Robbins was inspired to leave her personal legacy in the form of a planned gift. The Dr. Susan P. Robbins Faculty Endowment in the Graduate College of Social Work was established as a tangible tribute to her devotion to social work education and the GCSW. More

Political Science Professor Extends Commitment to Students, University
In his 43 years as a professor of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Robert Carp has profoundly touched the lives of countless Cougar students. But his commitment to the students and the university won't end when he retires from teaching. More

Building a Better Future: The Story of Peggy and Bill Shiffick
Peggy and Bill Shiffick wanted to ensure a strong future for Houston by establishing a charitable foundation that would support University of Houston students in need. Learn how you can also help students in need that will forever affect your community. More

Thom Guthrie
It was the late 1950s, and a young Thom Guthrie was watching Holiday Inn starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Toward the end of the film, there is a scene where the camera pulls back, exposing the set. Stagehands are moving props around, and it shows just how a set is created. More

Impacting Children's Lives
Dr. Mary Lewis had never set foot in the state of Texas until the spring of 1980 when the University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work sought a female professor to employ in a senior position. Mary decided to answer the call. More

Robert Montgomery Helps Future UH Students Soar
From the time he was a young boy, Robert Montgomery had dreams of flying. More

Olivas and Reyes Invest in Students: Key to Houston's Future
Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law, saw much success while pursuing his education, including receiving four academic degrees. It was during his years earning a doctorate that he decided to attend law school, striving to become a better scholar in the field of higher education governance. More

Axtmanns Take World-Class View of UHD and Its Scholars
Christina and Terry Axtmann view the University of Houston-Downtown through a certain "citizens-of-the-world" perspective — tinted with a red rose hue thanks to their relationship with UHD. More

Paying It Forward for Another Deserving Student
When Violet O'Valle, Ph.D., met her future husband in the University of Houston theatre department, he was the teaching assistant for her least favorite class; and, initially, she wasn't very fond of him. More

Sharing a Passion for Helping Tomorrow's Students
Lena and Marc Malacoff have made it their goal to extend their support to help tomorrow's generation of students—specifically in the School of Pharmacy. More

Planned Giving Is All About Family for These UH Boosters
Howard Lorch started out in business as a savvy 12-year-old working a paper route in Schenectady, N.Y., helping his widowed mother make ends meet for the family. More

A Legacy of Opportunity
When the University of Houston offered Arthur Meeks the opportunity to advance his career through education, it changed the course of his life. More

You're Never Too Young to Start Giving Back
Whether it's a gift of time or money, it's never too early to start giving back to the organizations that have made a difference in your life. More

Moved to Give
Motivated by their faith and gratitude toward the University of Houston, Larry Snider and his wife, Gerri, help others through scholarships and gifts to the Cullen College of Engineering. More

Caught by "The Spirit of Houston"
"We are the average family. We've given because it matters. It matters a great deal." More

Profile: Pamela and Patrick Newman
In planning their estate, Pamela ('74) and Patrick ('69) Newman decided to include UH in their wills. More

Frank Lee Berry, Jr.
Although his degree was in accounting, Frank Lee Berry, Jr.'s life-long career and love was in the interior design world. For more than 50 years he was an interior designer serving both A.I.D. and A.S.I.D. at local, state, and national levels. More

Supporting Athletics Then and Now
While Robertson Stadium was being renovated in 1999, Doug Allums visited the University of Houston campus every day during his lunch hour. He watched with fascination as the campus rebuilt one of its monumental landmarks. More

A Teacher's Legacy
Thomas C. Gee was a consummate teacher with a quick wit and a gentle soul. Thanks to the efforts of Gee's friends and peers, his work and name will live forever at the University of Houston-Clear Lake through the Thomas C. Gee Scholarship Endowment. More

UHV Helps Promote Math Awareness
Each year, the brightest young mathematics students gather at the University of Houston-Victoria for Math Awareness Day in observance of National Mathematics Awareness Month. More