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John Ring LaMontagne Memorial Chair in Infectious Diseases and Global Health

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Dr. John Ring LaMontagne
Dr. John Ring LaMontagne

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 microbiology graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences.

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. Through his work at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), John championed science that ultimately helped millions of people. With his passing on November 2, 2004, the world lost a true hero of public health.

We are fortunate that Dr. LaMontagne’s family, friends and colleagues came together to fund the John Ring LaMontagne Chair in Infectious Diseases and Global Health. The endowed chair reached its goal of $1 million thanks to gifts and pledges from over 70 individuals, corporations, and foundations. The LaMontagne Chair will help support the Center for Infectious Disease and the talented faculty members performing globally relevant, cutting-edge research in infectious disease. The LaMontagne Chair was established at a seminal moment for the College of Natural Sciences, allowing the Center for Infectious Disease to become a reality, and paralleled Dr. LaMontagne’s lifetime vision.

In 2015, the Center was renamed in honor of Dr. John Ring LaMontagne in recognition of the generous commitments from Mrs. Elaine LaMontagne and the LaMontagne community of friends, family and colleagues to the Center. The John Ring LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease is one of the first of its kind in the world. As 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.

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

Among his many public health victories, Dr. LaMontagne led research efforts in Mali that helped combat malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis in the African country.
Among his many public health victories, Dr. LaMontagne led research efforts in Mali that helped combat malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis in the African country.

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