Generous Gift from Hyde Family Foundation

Haik, Hyde and Rob CarterWe are pleased to announce a $500,000 donation by the Hyde Family Foundation, which is earmarked for construction of the Hyde Family Foundation Glaucoma Center.

J. R. "Pitt" Hyde III stated, "We are pleased to support UT's Hamilton Eye Institute. Dr. Haik and his team are dedicated to providing the best possible education, research, and clinical care in the area of ophthalmology. Our foundation chose to specifically support the glaucoma center because of the hope affiliated with early diagnosis of glaucoma. Among the other benefits provided by the Hamilton Eye Institute, we feel that it will provide easy access to care for individuals with glaucoma. Here, too, research holds the promise of developing new and more effective therapies to combat this sight-robbing illness."

Mr. Hyde is founder of AutoZone, an auto parts chain established in 1979 that thrives throughout the country today. He and his wife, Barbara, have contributed greatly to the city of Memphis through their involvement with and support of organizations such as the Memphis Biotech Foundation, the National Civil Rights Museum, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Tomorrow, Ballet Memphis, the Greater Memphis Arts Council, Memphis in May, and the Memphis Challenge. They were also instrumental in leading the efforts to bring the NBA's Grizzlies to Memphis, fulfilling the city's long-time dream of having an NBA team.

Barrett G. Haik, MD, FACS, Hamilton Professor and chair of the department, stated, "We are honored to have the support of Pitt and Barbara Hyde and their foundation. They are known for supporting quality education and research programs, and we are so pleased they felt we deserved their support. Dr. Peter Netland, one of the top-ranked glaucoma specialists in the country, directs our glaucoma service; and under his guidance, this center will be able to advance treatment for this disease that affects the lives of so many."

Glaucoma is an asymptomatic disease that robs sight without warning. Detection and early treatment are key to preventing blindness. Peter A. Netland, MD, PhD, Siegal Professor and director of glaucoma, stated, "We are grateful to have the opportunity provided by the Hyde Family Foundation to establish state-of-the art research and care facilities for our glaucoma patients at the Hamilton Eye Institute."

Named in honor of Memphis ophthalmologist and UT faculty member Ralph S. Hamilton, MD, and his wife, Barbara Howell Hamilton, the institute provides services to patients from all walks of life. Earlier this year, state-of-the-art research laboratories were completed; and construction of the clinical facilities, of which the glaucoma center is an integral part, is scheduled for completion in early 2005.