John Ring LaMontagne Memorial Chair in Infectious Diseases and Global Health

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The John Ring LaMontagne Memorial Endowment in Infectious Diseases and Global Health was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on August 9, 2006, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. M. Elaine LaMontagne of Alexandria, Virginia. The endowment honors Dr. John R. LaMontagne of Alexandria, Virginia, a 1967 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences.

Dr. John Ring LaMontagne
Dr. John Ring LaMontagne

Dr. John Ring LaMontagne helped advance science to fight many of the world’s most devastating diseases: influenza, tuberculosis, malaria, whooping cough, swine flu, childhood diarrhea, pneumonia and AIDS. He was a real hero of public health and through his work at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), championed science that ultimately helped millions of people. Sadly, John died on November 2, 2004.

We are fortunate that Dr. LaMontagne’s family, friends and colleagues came together to launch the fundraising campaign for the John Ring LaMontagne Chair in Infectious Diseases and Global Health. The endowed chair has recently reached the goal of $1 million, thanks to gifts and pledges from over 70 individuals, corporations, and foundations. Now that the endowment is fully funded, the LaMontagne Chair will help support the newly established Center for Infectious Disease and the talented faculty members performing globally relevant, cutting-edge research in infectious disease. The Center for Infectious Disease, located within the Department of Molecular Biosciences within the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the first of its kind in the world. The LaMontagne Chair is being created to parallel Dr. LaMontagne’s focus and advance his life vision.

Dr. LaMontagne was passionate and dedicated to making this a healthier world. This is an exceptionally fitting tribute to LaMontagne and it is a vitally important resource for UT Austin. The chair was established at a seminal moment for the College of Natural Sciences and allowed the Center for Infectious Disease to become a reality.

Read more about the cutting edge research that is happening within the Center thanks in large part to the LaMontagne Chair.

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