Like father, like son, Frank Jr. ’63 and Frank “Trey” Moore III ’87, cherish their memories as former pre-health students at TCU. For more than 100 years, TCU has offered rigorous coursework for students like Trey and Frank who are seeking careers in health professions.
Frank and Trey created a fund together in honor of longtime mentor and friend to Trey, Dean Phil Hartman (Pre-Health Professions Institute director, 1991-2012). The fund, the Frank H Moore Jr DDS and Frank H (Trey) Moore III MD Family Endowed Fund in the TCU Pre-Health Professions Institute, supports the Dr. Phil Hartman Endowed Director’s Fund for Excellence.
The fund allows the Pre-Health Professions Institute to support students who participate in research, internships, unpaid clinical observation programs, and student travel to health-related conferences and meetings. Pre-Health Professions Institute Director Matt Chumchal said, “This generous gift will provide much needed resources to support our efforts to develop pre-health students into well-rounded health care providers who are both empathetic and scientifically-minded. We are so thankful for the Moore family’s investment in our students.”
Frank has practiced dentistry in Garland, Texas since 1971, and Trey has practiced medicine, urology specifically, in Fort Worth since 1996 including at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital. Trey was also chief of staff at Harris – the same location where he was born, and the same place where he will organize future TCU and UNTHSC medical school students’ clinical rotations.
“My father has been my hero and role model my entire life,” Trey said. “The way I have approached everything I do is a direct reflection of what I learned from my father – the way he treats people including his patients with kindness and empathy is an inspiration to me. Starting a fund with my father is very special to me and we want to continue this incredible legacy at TCU.”
The Moores have remained involved with the University over the years, even after completing medical and dental school outside of Fort Worth. Frank said he will always be “indebted” to TCU because it gave him a second chance at pursuing pre-health professions after transferring from the University of Notre Dame.
“Growing up, I was always a TCU fan because my parents were alumni, but what got me to come to TCU was one of the overnight stays with a pre-health student where they show you what it is like to be a student at TCU for a day. Today, TCU is what keeps me in Fort Worth,” Trey said. “TCU gave us both our start, and now we have the exciting chance to create this opportunity through the Hartman fund.”
Trey currently serves on the Pre-Health Professions Institute’s External Advisory Board, which keeps him connected to the program he once completed. Some of his strongest memories of TCU are tied to his relationships with his mentors, Hartman and David Minter, professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Trey considers both professors to be good friends to this day.
“Trey and Frank have made very meaningful contributions to TCU over the years in several ways, and this fund is an important example of their dedication to strengthening the pre-health program here,” Hartman said. “One of my greatest joys as a professor has been to see students like Trey develop into competent and compassionate health-care providers. I’m honored Trey and Frank have established this endowed family fund, which will truly benefit current and future pre-health students.”
The Pre-Health program continues to grow each year. As of fall 2017, pre-health students made up 40 percent of entering CSE students.
“TCU’s pre-health program is thought to be one of the best in the state by many, and now with the addition of the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, our hope is to help the institute to keep building on its success and reputation,” Trey said.
Many individuals that create endowed funds will include the fund in their estate plan. Frank has chosen to enhance the endowed family fund in this manner. His endowed and planned gifts are significant to TCU and the institute because these funds live on in perpetuity as part of the University’s endowment. Strengthening the endowment ensures resources to recruit the strongest students, regardless of their financial status, as well as to advance teaching and research efforts and attract competitive teacher-scholars. Strengthening the endowment is also one of four main goals in the University’s current fundraising campaign, Lead On: A Campaign for TCU.
“To me, I consider this new fund we are creating to be a thank you,” Frank said. “I have such gratitude for what TCU gave me, and what it allowed me to become after graduation. I am grateful, and I would like to see the pre-health program grow, and I want to help TCU grow in the future.”
“I feel extremely proud to have graduated from TCU,” Trey said. “Sharing that experience with my parents who both went to TCU as well is really special, and I feel especially lucky to have had Dr. Hartman as my friend and mentor along the way.”
The Moore family’s legacy gift will impact TCU pre-health students for generations to come.