was established in 1982 by Anne Ammonds Brindley to commemorate her husband’s nearly 30 years of service at The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), almost 25 of which were as pathology department chairman. The Brindley endowment continues to enrich educational and clinical programs at UTMB by bringing outstanding visiting professors to campus annually to interact with students, residents, fellows, staff and associates. Additionally, the endowment recognizes those UTMB pathology faculty who best carry on the "Brindley tradition" of excellence in teaching, scholarship and community service.
Dr. Paul Brindley (1896-1954) graduated from UTMB in 1925 and joined the faculty that same year as a pathology instructor. Four years later, he introduced the use of photographic slides as substitutes for wet specimens in most formal lectures at UTMB and was instrumental in designing the pathology laboratory in the Keiller building to accommodate such presentations. He was named professor and chairman of pathology in 1930, a position he held until his death in December 1954.
During his career, he published some 30 professional papers on aneurysm, malignant disease and Madura foot, a tropical disease. After World War II at the request of the U.S. Army Surgeon General, Dr. Brindley visited several Central American countries as an advisor on the treatment of Madura foot. A pathology consultant for the U.S. Public Health Service in Galveston, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, he was instrumental in organizing the American Cancer Society of Galveston County and served as its first president.
He was a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology and a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the College of American Pathologists. He was listed in "Who’s Who" and numerous directories of persons notable in science and education. He was a member of the American Medical Association (serving as president of the Galveston County affiliate), the Texas Society of Pathologists (serving as state president), Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and many other organizations.
The Texas Society of Pathologists honored him as the first recipient of its Caldwell Memorial Award, a recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of pathology. The presentation was made posthumously in 1955.
The Paul Brindley Endowment serves as a vital testament to the ideas and standards embraced by its namesake. And it provides a constant source of encouragement to reflect Dr. Brindley’s lifelong commitment to the medical profession.
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