$1.5 Million Establishes the Robinson and Furman Family Endowed Chair in Radiology at TTUHSC El Paso

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, along with El Pasoans Tony and Robin Furman, today announced a major gift to the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology.

The Furman family is giving $540,000 to establish an endowed chair for the department in honor of Robin Furman’s parents Arvin Robinson, M.D. and his wife, Beverly. TTUHSC El Paso will match the gift, and the Robinsons will direct $420,000 from a previously established fund in their name to create the $1.5 million Dr. Arvin and Beverly Robinson-Furman Family Endowed Chair in Radiology.

Dr. Robinson, who attended today’s announcement event with Beverly Robinson, retired from TTUHSC El Paso in 2015. He joined the university’s radiology department in 2004, part of a remarkable 50-year career in medicine. In addition to launching the department’s residency program, he served as department chair from 2006 to 2013 and is chairman emeritus.

“Ending up as chairman of the department and starting a residency program in radiology really has him so proud,” Robin Furman said of her father. “We’re happy that we can now help celebrate that success.”

“We thought it would be a fitting and lasting tribute to Arvin and Beverly to fund an endowed chair,” Tony Furman said. “It’s something that lasts forever and hopefully inspires other people to consider gifts of a perpetual nature.”

The endowment will support the new chairman of the radiology department, Thomas M. Dykes, M.D. Dr. Dykes will start his new role at TTUHSC El Paso on July 1. Prior to TTUHSC El Paso, he served as professor of radiology and vice-chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Radiology at Penn State Health’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Endowed faculty positions are critical to the mission of TTUHSC El Paso. They allow the university to attract and retain world-class talent, which benefits our students and the future of health care. Endowed chairs are considered a prestigious honor in academia, and give department leaders the ability to invest in their vision for the department by supporting scholarships and fellowships for talented students and residents, and funding research activities.

“We hope that this endowment will first and foremost help the radiology department and Dr. Thomas Dykes with income to do the things that Dr. Dykes and future chairs think are important for the department, the school and, most importantly, the medical students,” Tony Furman said.

Tony grew up in El Paso and, together with Robin, moved back to El Paso 26 years ago and raised their two boys here. Tony co-founded Interstate Capital, a homegrown company that grew into a $100 million enterprise. The couple found success here and made it their mission to share that success by giving back to their community.

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