The Hoblitzelle Foundation has increased its initial $2 million gift to Southwestern Medical Foundation to help fund construction of UT Southwestern’s new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital to $2.5 million.

The Hoblitzelle Foundation, established by Karl and Esther Hoblitzelle in 1942, has donated more than $17 million to UT Southwestern, including its $2 million gift for the hospital made in 2011. This latest $500,000 gift was again made to Southwestern Medical Foundation as part of the Building the Future of Medicine campaign.

Together with the late Dr. Edward Cary and other Dallas civic leaders, Mr. Hoblitzelle helped establish Southwestern Medical College – now UT Southwestern Medical Center – in 1943. He also donated the land for the original 60-acre site of UT Southwestern’s campus adjacent to Parkland Memorial Hospital. Mr. Hoblitzelle was a co-founder of Southwestern Medical Foundation in 1939 and served as its president from 1953 to 1962 and as chairman of the board until his death in 1967.

“Because Mr. Hoblitzelle was one of the community leaders who started Southwestern Medical College, his foundation always has had a close relationship with the medical school, its parent and sister organization, and the entire medical district,” said Paul W. Harris, president and CEO of the Hoblitzelle Foundation. “We have supported all the capital campaigns at the medical center. We believe this new hospital is of vital importance to the city, as relayed so well to us by the leadership of this current capital campaign.”

Previous gifts from the Hoblitzelle Foundation have supported UT Southwestern’s acclaimed Endowed Scholars Program in Medical Science, helped equip the T. Boone Pickens Biomedical Building and the Bill and Rita Clements Advanced Medical Imaging Building, and helped construct the Karl Hoblitzelle Clinical Science Building, among many other projects.

“Karl Hoblitzelle and the Hoblitzelle Foundation have been among UT Southwestern’s most important benefactors since 1943, when Mr. Hoblitzelle played a pivotal role in the creation of our medical school,” said William T. Solomon, chairman of the Hoblitzelle Foundation and chairman of the board of Southwestern Medical Foundation. “We are extremely proud of the foundation’s generosity over the years. Its commitment to UT Southwestern has helped accelerate its growth and emergence as one of the top academic medical centers in the country.”

Mr. Hoblitzelle was the founder and president of Interstate Amusement Co. – later known as Interstate Circuit – which included the company’s flagship Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas. The success of his entertainment business created opportunities to invest in the growing oil and gas, real estate, and banking industries in Texas. He married Esther Thomas, a Broadway starlet, in 1920, and the couple was active in the social, civic and cultural activities of Dallas.