2006 - Marnie & Kern Wildenthal

Marnie and Kern Wildenthal - 2006 Leadership Award Winners

DALLAS — Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, M.D., Ph.D. will receive the 4TH Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award, presented by Texas Woman’s University on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at noon, at the Dallas Country Club, 4100 Beverly Dr.

Established in 2002, the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award is given annually to Dallas leaders with a lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life in the community and to furthering the importance of education. The award recognizes the life work of Virginia Chandler Dykes as an outstanding health care provider, whose professional and civic achievements represent a lifetime committed to helping others. Past award recipients are Gretchen Minyard Williams and J.L. “Sonny” Williams, 2005; Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, 2004; and Susan and Charles Cooper, 2003.

“Texas Woman’s University is so pleased to honor two such distinguished individuals, whose combined commitments to education excellence and improving the lives of others have made a lasting impact on this community and beyond,” said TWU Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart, who will present the award.

Marnie and Kern Wildenthal’s collaborative work in the community has significantly impacted this region’s educational and health care institutions. For the past 25 years, Marnie Wildenthal has been a teacher at the Episcopal School of Dallas. She is currently president of the TACA Board of Directors and president-elect of Charter 100. A graduate of Rice University, Mrs. Wildenthal earned a M.A.T. from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. from SMU. Kern Wildenthal, M.D., Ph.D., is the president of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas. Prior to becoming president in 1986, he served as dean of the medical school for six years. He first joined the staff in 1970 as assistant professor of internal medicine and physiology. During his administrative tenure, UT Southwestern has more than quadrupled in size and emerged as one of the leading medical institutions in the world.

A graduate of Sul Ross College, Dr. Wildenthal earned an M.D. from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in England, where he later was named to its international Advisory Board and elected to an Honorary Fellowship. His medical and educational accomplishments have garnered him international honors, including election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

As dedicated arts supporters and civic leaders, Dr. and Mrs. Wildenthal have collectively held key roles in The Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Business Committee for the Arts, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Citizens Council, Dallas Assembly, Vickery Meadow Learning Center, Friends of WRR, Science Place, and Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. The Wildenthals have two daughters, Pamela (Mrs. Steven G. Kernie) and Catharine (Mrs. Steven A. Cummer), and five grandchildren.

“Marnie and I are touched and grateful to receive this distinguished honor named for such an outstanding woman, whose life work in Occupational Therapy is known both nationally and internationally,” said Dr. Kern Wildenthal. “It is with a spirit of celebration of higher education and collaboration and, in Marnie’s case, a celebration of the mutual dependence partnership between schools like Episcopal School of Dallas preparing students for success at institutions like TWU, that we are pleased to accept.”

This award’s namesake, Virginia Chandler Dykes, has spent a lifetime committed to helping others through her work as a health care provider and numerous civic activities. She is known internationally for her work in occupational therapy. Locally, she is known for her leadership in many cultural and charitable organizations. In 2005 she was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on the Texas Woman’s University Board of Regents.

“I am so very honored to have Marnie and Kern accept this award,” said Virginia Chandler Dykes. “It means so much to TWU. These are two tremendously outstanding people whose accomplishments and dedication to this community have literally been life-changing for countless individuals.”

Mrs. Dykes completed the graduate occupational therapy program at TWU in 1954 after earning her bachelor of arts in art and psychology from Southern Methodist University. She was the director of the Occupational and Recreational Therapy Department at Baylor University Medical Center for 27 years, and she has served on the board of directors for Baylor Health Care Systems Foundation. She also founded the Boomerang Club, the first support group for stroke patients and their families. She is well known for her leadership in organizations such as the Dallas Arboretum, The Dallas Opera, the Fort Worth Opera, Theatre Three, and many more.

Mrs. Dykes and her husband Roland also helped to establish the Fanny B. Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship for the School of Occupational Therapy at TWU, which has grown to be one of the premier continuing education offerings in Texas. In 2002, she established The Virginia Chandler Dykes endowed scholarship fund for occupational therapy students, which has been extended this year to include a graduate level nursing scholarship. Recipients of the two $1,500 scholarships must be successful TWU graduates students in the designated fields of Occupational Therapy and Nursing, with strong potential to contribute to these professions and demonstrated commitments to their vocations.

The recipient of the 2006 Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Scholarship for Occupational Therapy is Gail Poskey. Gail Poskey, B.S., M.O.T., is a doctoral student in Occupational Therapy at TWU, focusing on pediatrics with a research emphasis on injury and violence prevention, specifically the prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Upon completion of her degree in 2007, she plans to become more involved in academia – teaching and/or conducting research. Poskey recently celebrated her 15th year anniversary of working at Baylor University Medical Center, where she is currently a Senior Occupational Therapist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Poskey received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration from East Central Oklahoma State and her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from TWU.

The first recipient of the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Scholarship for Nursing is Patrice Caldwell. Patrice D. Caldwell, BSN, is a graduate student in the College of Nursing at Texas Woman’s University in the subject of Nursing Education with plans to complete her degree in the fall of 2006. Caldwell’s chosen area of focus is pediatrics as well as community health. Presently she is a school nurse at Universal Academy, a charter school in Irving, Texas, where she cares for children, ages 3 to 17. In addition to her current studies at TWU, she is assisting Susan Sheriff, Ph.D., R.N., Associate Professor of Nursing, in teaching practicum in simulation activities and community health classes for undergraduate nursing students. Caldwell currently maintains a 3.4 grade point average. Caldwell received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University in 2000. She is a single mom with three children: Sylvester, 18, Ruth, 15, and Rochelle, 5.

The Virginia Chandler Dykes Luncheon Advisory Committee members are Joel Allison, Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Barzune, April Box, Sis Carr, Howard Chase, Louise Gartner, Ebby Halliday Acers, Doug Hawthorne, Caroline Rose Hunt, and Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Weiland.

Sponsors include: Platinum: Baylor Health Care System, Sis Carr, Mr. and Mrs. Roland Dykes, and University of Texas at Dallas; Gold: Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, Ebby Halliday, Realtors, JPS Health Network - Partners Together for Health, Minyard Founders Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Peter O’Donnell & Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Boeckman; Silver: CIGNA HealthCare, Communities Foundation of Texas, Episcopal School of Dallas, Inc. and UT Southwestern Medical Center, The Hirsch Family Foundation, Methodist Health System, Northern Trust, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Mr. and Mrs. William T. Solomon, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Texas Health Resources, Texas Woman’s University - Chancellor, TWU’s Institute for Women’s Health/College of Health Sciences, and TWU’s College of Nursing, Sharon Venable; and Patron: Mrs. Kirtman C. Anton, Dr. and Mrs. Ronald R. Blanck, C.M. and Eunice Bonar, David Burgher, Sr., Cissy and Plack Carr, Jr., Ron L. Chandler, Chuck L. Chandler, Christian F. Clausen, Patti Cody, Patricia Cowlishaw, Patricia and Rad Crocker, Diana P. Cunningham, Ph.D., Mr. and Mrs. William A. Custard, The Dallas Opera, Lyra and Ed Daniels, Dr. and Mrs. Jewel S. Daughety, Arlene and John Dayton, James R. Dykes, Jr., Mrs. Richard D. Eiseman, Joanne M. Fay, Louise Gartner, Carol Glendenning, Abe and Barbara Goldfarb, Mr. and Mrs. James W. Goss, Kelly Green, Carolyn S. Gunning, Ph.D., Nancy Strauss Halbreich, Mrs. T.A. Hamra, Dr. Linda H. Hester, Kaki Hopkins, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Huffhines, Linda R. Hughes, M.D., Robert L. Hull and Myra Barker Hull, Caroline Rose Hunt – The Rosewood Corporation, Linda and Steve Ivy, Ken Klaveness-Bank of Texas, David G. Luther, Dr. Jennifer Martin, Tom and Phyllis McCasland, Victoria A. McGillin, Ph.D., Carl and Patricia McKee, Nancy M. O’Neil, Mildred M. Oppenheimer, Kenney Marie Pickens, Tegwin Pulley, Glenda Brock Simmons, Ann Q. Staton, Sharon and Jack Tolbert, Mr. and Mrs. Jere W. Thompson, Dr. and Mrs. G. Weldon Tillery, and Ann Williams.


Individual tickets are $100 and patron tickets (name in program) are $150. Sponsorships are available.

For more information, contact TWU Development Officer Sheila Marlow, at 940-898-3865 or smarlow@mail.twu.edu.

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