The Dedman Foundation, a longtime benefactor of UT Southwestern, has donated $1 million to Southwestern Medical Foundation to help build the medical center’s new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital.
The Dedmans, one of Dallas’ most generous philanthropic families, have supported higher education, public charities, civic organizations and medical institutions for more than two decades. The Dedman Foundation was created in 1995 by the late Robert H. Dedman Sr. In 2009 the foundation gave Southwestern Medical Foundation a landmark $12 million to establish the Dedman Family Endowed Program for Scholars in Clinical Care at UT Southwestern. The gift was matched to create a $24 million endowment.
Robert H. Dedman Jr., chairman of the Dedman Foundation, said UT Southwestern is one of the foundation’s principal beneficiaries because of the medical center’s vital contributions to the region.
“Like many Dallas families, we believe in the importance of investment in the medical community,” said Mr. Dedman, who serves on the Building the Future of Medicine campaign steering committee. “Having a state-of-the-art teaching hospital also integrally involved in the best patient care will benefit the entire Dallas community. The way the hospital is being designed will add to the quality of teaching new doctors and will impact patient care in a significant way.”
The Dedmans and their foundation have made numerous gifts to other Dallas institutions, including to Southern Methodist University for the Dedman School of Law, the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute in the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, and the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. The Dedman School of Hospitality at Florida State University also is named in honor of Robert H. Dedman Sr., who died in 2002. UT Austin established the Dedman Merit Scholars program, thanks to the family’s support.
Robert H. Dedman Sr. founded Dallas-based ClubCorp, a leading operator of golf courses, private clubs, and resorts, in 1957. He received numerous honors throughout his career, including Texas Entrepreneur of the Year in 1976, Dallas Humanitarian of the Year in 1980, Texas Business Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Horatio Alger Award in 1989.
Nancy McMillan Dedman was married for 49 years to the late Mr. Dedman. She has served on the UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics Board of Visitors, the board of the Shelter Ministries of Dallas, and the Salvation Army Advisory Board. She also is a supporter of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Texas Ballet Theater, and the AT&T Performing Arts Center. She was honored with the Annette G. Strauss Humanitarian Award in 2004.
Robert Dedman Jr., former chairman of the board of ClubCorp, is the general partner of Putterboy, Ltd., and president and CEO of the Dedmans’ family office, DFI Management, Ltd. He serves on the boards of trustees of Southwestern Medical Foundation, SMU, The Hockaday School, Advanced Placement Strategies, the O’Donnell Foundation and the Dallas Museum of Art.
Mr. Dedman’s wife, Rachael, is actively involved in the Crystal Charity Ball and serves on the boards of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, and the Sweetheart Ball, an event that provides funds for heart research to UT Southwestern.
Patricia Dedman Nail is the daughter of Nancy Dedman and the late Mr. Dedman. She spent 15 years in private practice as a psychotherapist and has taught at SMU. She has been involved in Dallas Contemporary.
The Dedman family was named recipient of the 2009 Charles Cameron Sprague Community Service Award, an annual recognition bestowed by Southwestern Medical Foundation to honor individuals who have provided extraordinary support in enhancing patient care, medical education, and medical research in North Texas.