The Texas Tech School of Medicine is mourning the loss of the man who chaired the Department of Cell Biology for more than 30 years. Dr. Harry Weitlauf will be buried tomorrow at 2:00 at Southcrest Baptist Church. But even more than his contribution to Texas Tech, many are thanking him today for his vision that came, in part, from his grief after losing his wife 7 years ago.
Dr. Catherine Ronaghan, a surgeon and former student of Dr. Harry Weitlauf, wanted to honor him by reminiscing about his life through her eyes. "Medical education has lost a giant in medicine. He taught first year cell biology and did so much for the medical school…bringing international researchers and money to Texas Tech. And [his wife] Kayla was my obstetrician. She got my babies here safely. He saw with her getting her cancer treatments, what patients were having to go through, patients having to travel. When she passed in 2005, he turned that outcome into a positive. The Hope Lodge in Lubbock is the first Hope Lodge in the state of Texas, so that patients traveling from afar can stay in Lubbock for the treatment. And that is because of Dr. Harry Whitlauf and his tremendous love for his wife Kayla, but also the love he had for human kind."
Texas tech is already raising funds for an endowed chair in the name of Dr. Harry Weitlauf. If you would like to contribute, call 1-866-GIVE TTU. You can also go to giving.ttuhsc.edu and give online.
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