Thanks to a $2 million grant from a foundation established by an alumnus, South Texas College of Law can begin working on plans to upgrade the law school’s entrance and renovate the building’s 15,000-square-foot ninth floor, says Donald J. Guter, president and dean of the Houston law school. “It’s just incredible,” says Guter. “It’s a wonderful gift to the school.”
The Fred & Mabel R. Parks Foundation in Sugar Land was created by the late Houston lawyer, Fred Parks, a 1937 graduate of the law school, Guter says. Parks died in 2001.
This is not the first time the law school has benefited from the generosity of Parks, Guter says. Parks contributed in 1999 to the school’s $16 million library expansion. The library was named after Parks but, at his request, the school has not revealed the amount of Parks’ contribution. In 2001, Parks made a $10 million donation to the law school’s endowment fund.
Guter says that Parks’ financial gifts have made a huge difference for the law school and its students. “Although he’s not around, he’s still giving,” Guter says.
-- Jeanne Graham