HEI Unveils Wall Honoring Donors

Donor Wall 1. Members of UTHSC administration and HEI faculty, (left to right) Dr. Fleming, Dr. Jerre M. Freeman, Dr. Ken Brown, Dr. David Stern, Dr. Hamilton, Chancellor Schwab, Dr. Haik, and Dr. Richard D. Drewry, Jr. 2-5. The donor wall is officially unveiled at the end of the ceremony.

On Tuesday, June 12, 2012, the Hamilton Eye Institute unveiled its new donor wall. Constructed of etched glass and brushed metal, this monument honors those who have helped make the Hamilton Eye Institute into the world-class eye center it is today.

Department of Ophthalmology Vice-Chair Dr. James C. Fleming welcomed donors, university and community leaders, physicians and members of the press to the ceremony. UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab praised the institute as a "national-caliber" research, education and patient-care facility. "It is my distinct pleasure to be here as we unveil this wall that reflects the commitment of so many to build a world-class institution here in Memphis, Tennessee," he said.

The chancellor and other UTHSC administrators commended the vision of Dr. Ralph Hamilton for the institute's creation. A grateful Dr. Hamilton thanked everyone for their words of praise and humbly stated, "I think you are giving me way too much credit here. Dr. Haik is the man who really did this." He then recounted the story of his vision for the institute and the difficulties he encountered over 35 years of trying to establish it, until the leadership of Dr. Barrett Haik and the generosity of many supporters enabled his dream to come to life.

Dr. Haik also praised the donors for making the institute a reality. "It's because of the faith of the individuals here on this wall that we were able to complete this facility and offer hope to all in need of vision preservation and restoration," he stated.

We thank Chancellor Schwab and the leadership of UTHSC for their participation in this historic unveiling. Further, we wish to express our ineffable gratitude to our donors who make all things possible at the Hamilton Eye Institute through their tremendous generosity.