Carol and Jeffrey M. Heller, longtime supporters of UT Southwestern, have donated $500,000 to Southwestern Medical Foundation to help build the new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. In recognition of their gift, an adult intensive care unit room and a neonatal ICU room will be named in their honor.
“Carol and I have been involved in receiving services and participating in giving services to the medical center for the last 30 years or so,” Mr. Heller said. “That association has benefited us both personally and medically. We view UT Southwestern as one of the great treasures in Dallas and this part of the country. The new hospital will play a role in extending the excellence of the medical center, its people and its facilities into the future. That is why we decided to make this recent gift.”
Mr. Heller is former vice chairman of Electronic Data Systems and served on the company’s board of directors and executive committee. He joined EDS in 1968 as a systems engineering trainee and moved up the ranks, holding numerous positions until his retirement in 2002. A graduate of UT Austin, Mr. Heller served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a jet pilot from 1960 to 1966 and attained the rank of captain.
Mr. Heller has served or continues to serve on numerous boards, including Trammell Crow Co., Westcott Communications, the Dallas Symphony Association, Mutual of Omaha, the UT System’s Chancellor’s Council, UT Austin’s Engineering Foundation Advisory Council, UT Austin’s Red McCombs School of Business Advisory Council, the Longhorn Foundation and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. He is a longtime trustee of Southwestern Medical Foundation and a member of its Executive Committee.
Mrs. Heller is a member of UT Southwestern University Hospitals & Clinics Board of Visitors and is involved in numerous other civic organizations, including the Chi Omega Christmas Market. She was named recipient of the Roselyn T. Dabbs Chi Omega Philanthropist Award in 2010.