$3.6 million Prothro gift supports biological sciences

(Originally published Jan. 15, 2008.)

SMU Trustee Caren ProthroA $3.6 million gift from Dallas civic leader and SMU Trustee Caren Prothro (right) and the Perkins-Prothro Foundation will establish the C. Vincent Prothro Biological Sciences Initiative at SMU. The gift will support teaching and research through the appointment of a new endowed faculty chair in the Department of Biological Sciences in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. The gift includes $2 million from Caren Prothro and $1.6 million from the Perkins-Prothro Foundation.

The gift will provide $2 million for a Distinguished Chair of Biological Sciences, whose work will be supported through a $1 million gift for an Endowed Research Fund, $500,000 for a Graduate Fellowship Fund and $100,000 for an Undergraduate Scholarship Fund. The faculty chair and endowed funds are named in memory of Caren Prothro’s late husband, a long-time SMU supporter.

“Vin Prothro’s contributions to the progress of SMU were immeasurable,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “It is fitting that we honor his memory with this Biological Sciences Initiative, which supports one of our highest academic priorities – the strengthening of faculty and associated research activities in the Department of Biological Sciences. We are grateful to Caren Prothro and the Perkins-Prothro Foundation for their generous support of this important program.”

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