The Temple University Medical School recently changed its name to honor the late Lewis Katz, alumni from ’63, famed business man, and a generous philanthropist. Events were held during homecoming weekend to raise awareness, but the official unveiling of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine took place on Tuesday, October 13.
Government officials, Temple alumni and administrative members, students, as well as Katz’s family and friends were all in attendance.
University President Neil Theobald remembered Katz fondly.
“He was one of the most engaging people you will ever meet. He would look you in the eye and he what he would tell you came from the heart. He was just absolutely marvelous.”
Speakers included Chairman of the Board of Trustees Patrick O’Connor, Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. and Drew Katz, Lewis’ son, who was also a guest of honor along with his sister Melissa Katz Silver.
The Dean of the School of Medicine and President and CEO of the Health System, Larry R. Kaiser, also spoke at the event.
“Lewis was amazing. He just personified everything that we want Temple students to be. He was a friend to everybody and an incredible human being.”
The event also included the gift of a cast-iron owl that previously resided at the Medical School building for 85 years and a painting of Katz done by Italian artist Francesco Mernini.
Following the formal ceremony, guests were invited to a luncheon and a concert, which featured Katz’s favorite band, a cappella group Straight No Chaser.
Drew Katz also took a moment to appreciate the new Lewis Katz School of Medicine moniker.
“It really is a testament to what a special man my dad was and how lucky my sister and I were to have him. This name change was not only non-controversial, but it was welcomed and beloved.”
The choice to rename the school will ensure that Lewis Katz’s legacy can live on for future generations.