Summer 2018

More than 100,000 people visit McDonald Observatory annually to view stars and study galaxies under the darkest skies in the continental United States. When Rasa Silenas, M.D., decided to make a future gift through her estate to support the inner workings of the observatory’s telescopes, she dedicated it to her father—a fitting tribute to a man who had a talent for making things work.

READ: Writing Dad’s Name in the Stars

A daughter's gift to McDonald Observatory

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From the President

Planned gifts honor family, future generations.

In the stars, McDonald observatory

Writing Dad’s Name in the Stars

A daughter’s gift will support the inner workings of McDonald Observatory’s telescopes and honor her father’s talent for making things work.

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Connecting Big Brands With Top Texas Talent

Former Procter & Gamble executive Lamar Johnson connects MBA students with top companies through experiential learning courses.

Strokes of Genius

Dick Clark’s designs came to life through South Congress hot spots, downtown restaurants and bars, and stunning private residences.

Believe in the Future

Texas women’s basketball fans Julia Hickman and Cecil Reynolds make plans for a brain and behavioral health center to assist student athletes.

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