Austin philanthropist and UT Health San Antonio benefactor Teresa Lozano Long received the National Humanities Medal in a White House ceremony Nov. 21.
President Trump presented the medal to Long and other supporters of the arts and education, along with recipients of the National Medal of Arts.
Long and her husband, Joe R. Long, have given millions in support of higher education and the arts in Texas. The School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio, as well as the university’s main campus, are named in their honor.
The couple have given multiple cash gifts totaling $51 million to UT Health San Antonio. The endowments established as a result of these gifts provide significant annual support. At the time of the naming of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine in 2017, the total impact of the Longs’ legacy at UT Health San Antonio exceeded $61 million. It was for this total legacy of giving that the Board of Regents honorifically named the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine. Today, their impact at UT Health San Antonio has reached $66 million.
Both Joe Long and Teresa Lozano Long came from humble backgrounds but embraced education and learning. Mrs. Long was the first Hispanic woman to earn a doctorate in health from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Distinguished Alumna. Joe Long is a graduate of the School of Law at UT Austin.
Others receiving either the National Humanities Medal or the National Medal of Arts included actor Jon Voight, musician Alison Krauss, author James Patterson and the musicians of the U.S. military.