Dallas investment counselor Peter Denker and his wife, Charron, have given $100,000 to the Southwestern Medical Foundation to support construction of the new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. Scheduled to open its doors in late 2014, the hospital will transform medical care in North Texas and serve as a model for academic medical centers across the country.
“Peter and I support UT Southwestern for multiple reasons,” said Mrs. Denker. “We are proud of this universally recognized institution, which is one of the preeminent health care and research facilities in the world. As we have become more deeply involved in Alzheimer’s disease education and the research done here at UT Southwestern, we now want to share our enthusiasm in supporting the groundbreaking of this important new hospital, which serves not only Dallas, but the entire surrounding area.”
Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President of UT Southwestern Medical Center, said, “The generosity of friends and supporters like the Denkers has been a major factor in making the Clements University Hospital a reality. Their commitment to this state-of-the-art hospital will strengthen our efforts to quickly bring scientific advances to the bedside, recruit and retain world-class clinicians, educate the next generation of physicians, and deliver world-class health care to North Texans and referred patients from around the world.”
The Denkers are involved in the Friends of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center, with Mrs. Denker currently serving as chair of the group’s Steering Committee. They became interested in the Friends after Mrs. Denker’s mother began suffering from the disease. The group is dedicated to promoting awareness of Alzheimer’s and raising funds for UT Southwestern-led research projects.
In 2008, Mr. and Mrs. Denker gave $100,000 to the Southwestern Medical Foundation to create the Charron and Peter Denker Fund for Medical Excellence, in Honor of Steven Leach, M.D. Dr. Leach is currently the Chief Medical Officer for UT Southwestern University Hospitals.
“Generous donations like the ones Peter and Charron have made ensures that this hospital will have the elements needed to make it unique among health care providers nationwide,” said William T. Solomon, Chairman of the Board of Southwestern Medical Foundation and Chair of the Building the Future of Medicine campaign in support of the Clements University Hospital. “I am grateful for all of the ways they’ve supported UT Southwestern.”
Born in New York City, Mr. Denker grew up on Long Island and graduated from Duke University in 1959 before joining the investment firm Scudder, Stevens and Clark. In 1980, he cofounded Denker & Goodwin Inc. Investment Counsel, for which he was Chairman.
In 1989, Denker & Goodwin became part of U.S. Trust, and Mr. Denker served as Chairman of U.S. Trust Co. of Texas, N.A. He left U.S. Trust in April 2006 to form Turtle Creek Management, LLC.
Mrs. Denker was born in El Dorado, Kansas, and moved to Dallas in 1948. She attended the Hockaday School and years later became one of its trustees. The couple met on an arranged date by Ann Draper’s Party Service for a debutante ball in 1966, the same year Mr. Denker moved to Dallas. They have two grown children.
In addition to the generous gifts the Denkers have given in support of UT Southwestern, they are long-time supporters of the Dallas Museum of Art and the Dallas Opera.