Named for the respected physician-educator who guided the Department of Internal Medicine from 1968 to 1984, The William P. Deiss Society is an organization of alumni and other friends who contribute $10,000 or more to the department or to any of its divisions or programs. Whether these donors contribute a lump sum of $10,000 or more or their cumulative gifts reach the $10,000 mark, they become lifetime members of this select group.
In addition to recognizing members at the department's annual Alumni Society Dinner, the department, with their permission, permanently records their names on a plaque displayed at the entrance to the chairman's suite.
The Deiss Society is a chance for us to reflect on the legacy of one of UTMB's finest - to connect Dr. Deiss's name with the effort to enlist broad-based philanthropic support for the department's future. How appropriate that the most dedicated of the department's benefactors would, through their generosity, reflect and reinforce the values that have defined the career of this remarkable physician-educator.
The Chairman's Council
All alumni and friends who make unrestricted gifts of $1,000 or more to the department in any given year become members of The Chairman's Council. Used at the chairman's discretion, these resources support the department's greatest needs. Chairman's Council funds might allow a resident to travel to a professional meeting to present a paper, they might underwrite student educational activities or they might purchase a piece of equipment crucial for a young investigator's work, resulting in the preliminary findings essential to attracting future outside funding.
Members of The Chairman's Council are recognized at the department's annual Alumni Society Dinner, held in conjunction with the Department of Internal Medicine Alumni Society meeting. They also automatically become members of UTMB's Sealy Society.