The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) founded the University of Texas Houston Retiree Organization (UTHRO) in 1993. At that time, the retiree organization had basic objectives which have been augmented over time serving the following purposes:
- To aid employees in making the transition from active employee to retiree by providing a continued relationship;
- To enhance the relationship between retirees and UTHealth by providing a means of communication and collaboration;
- To sponsor educational presentations relating to concerns of retired persons, including but not limited to, medical care and other economic, legal, and social issues;
- To articulate issues of concern to retired persons;
- To increase retiree participation in university activities, such as mentor and volunteer programs, annual campaigns, teaching part-time, etc.
For more information about The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Retiree Organization please click on the following links below:
- Officers and Committees
- The Evergreen Newsletter (Publication updated monthly)
- Current Events
- Frequently Asked Questions
Join UTHRO today!
New Beginnings – Better Together
The UTHRO executive committee officers are perpetually busy planning new beginnings within this group to be together. Why should you participate?
- You have a friend who participates in UTHRO and recommends it.
- You are a forward thinking person who welcomes new opportunities.
- You like the idea of being with others and making new friends.
- You feel fortunate to be a part of this shared UTHealth common bond.
- The combination of good times with good friends appeals to you.
Studies can be pursued at home alone. Television can be viewed at home alone. Reading can be enjoyed at home alone. A healthy lifestyle can be maintained alone through exercise and other activities. Family is always cherished in many of these efforts. Good works are prominent in many of our lives. All of these actions make up very busy lifestyles for us all.
The remaining question then is how else can we enrich our lives? And the answer is … there is power in joining others in new and challenging endeavors. By meeting together, let us spur one another on toward new beginnings of adventures and camaraderie. We are better together!
So please, come and join UTHRO - you’ll be glad you did …
UTHRO Endowment for Healthy Aging
Our UTHRO Endowment for Healthy Aging was established in 2016 thanks to our many Founders. With guidance from the UTHealth Consortium on Aging we hoped to support patient care, education and clinical research related to aging through the awarding of annual grants to worthy recipients in the six schools of UTHealth. These grants would be funded from the interest on the corpus of our endowment when it grew large enough.
Since then many members and friends have made enough contributions to grow the endowment and enable us to award our first grant in March 2019 in the amount of $2,000. In conjunction with the Consortium on Aging, requests for proposals for seed money were sent out to UTHealth junior faculty members for projects involving basic research, education or clinical research in geriatrics. The proposals were reviewed by the UTHRO Endowment Committee who chose three finalists and invited them to present their work to the UTHRO membership at a Lunch and Learn. Our members then voted on the top presentation, choosing to award the first grant to Dr. Gabriel Fries, an Instructor in the Louis A. Faillace, MD, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Medical School, whose research examines the mechanisms leading to epigenetic age acceleration, a kind of premature aging.
UTHRO members will hear from their Endowment Committee regularly to celebrate our successes as we progress toward establishment of our permanent endowment and beyond. We have surpassed our original goal, and we look forward to significantly increasing this endowment. Contributions can include memorial gifts, honor gifts and more. The UTHRO Endowment Committee plans to continue promoting an appeal each fall to help grow the endowment, but any gift is welcome - at any time - from members and friends of UTHRO. We are “Seniors Helping Seniors”.
Details about donating and pledging are included on our printable form at the link below. If sending a check, please write “for UTHRO Endowment” on the memo line to ensure your intention is met.
Donation/Pledge form: UTHRO Annual Appeal Gift and/or Pledge Agreement