University of Houston’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics established the da Vinci Society in 2018 to honor donors for their extraordinary philanthropic support of the College. The Society recognizes individuals with a cumulative lifetime giving level of $50,000 or more, or who have included NSM in their estate plans at a minimum of $50,000. Induction into the da Vinci Society is the highest honor that NSM bestows upon a donor.
The Society is named for Leonardo da Vinci, an interdisciplinary genius and possibly the greatest inventor of all time. Each donor inducted into the da Vinci Society has played a transformative role in the development of NSM — just as da Vinci did for modern art and science.
Inductees – 2019
Agnes Kuen Chu and Wei-Kan Chu, Ph.D.
Willis King, Ph.D.
Veronique and Olivier Lhemann, Ph.D. (Ph.D. ’86)
The Honorable Wilhelmina E. “Beth” Robertson
Alton K. Schultz, Ph.D. (Ph.D. ’79)
Inaugural Members – 2018
Barbara (’83) and Bill Barnes
Carol and Randall A. Barta (’76)
May P. Chu, Ph.D., and Paul C. W. Chu, Ph.D.
Gary A. Feuerbacher, Ph.D. (M.F.A. ’71, Ph.D. ’74)
Donna and Stephen Greenlee
Karl M. Kadish, Ph.D.
Marion† and Jay K. Kochi, Ph.D.†
Marcy and Robert Lawless, Ph.D. (’64)
Peter V. Lomonte (’52)
Linda Sagarnaga Magill, M.D. (’79), and Patrick Magill (’77)
The Honorable John J. Moores (’70, J.D. ’75) and Dianne Moores, M.D.
Patsy and Oliver Murray (’60)†
Saeeda B. and S.S. Newaz, Ph.D. (Ph.D. ’73)
Thelma and Richard Percoco (M.S. ’64)
Rosemary S. Rodd (’73)
Susan and Pat Rutherford
Helene Schwartz, M.D., and Robert J. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Margaret and Robert Sheriff, Ph.D.†
Susan Shrader, Ph.D. (M.S. ’68, Ph.D. ’70)†, and Robert W. Shrader
Fred Stutzenberger, Ph.D. (M.S. ’65)
Joan Suit, Ph.D., and Herman Suit, M.D., Ph.D. (’48)
Elsa Tansey, D.P.H, and Michael Tansey (’65)
Randolph P. Thummel, Ph.D.
Carolyn and Alton "Jerry" Warren (M.S. ’65)
Leslie and Alan Wong (’91, M.S. ’94)
Xiaobing Song, Ph.D. (M.B.A. ’02, Ph.D. ’93), and Chaoliang Yao, Ph.D. (Ph.D. ’87)
Photos: 2018 da Vinci Society and Distinguished Alumni Dinner