December 18, 2019
She looked at the camera – a soft smile on her lips, her hair short and curled and hands clasped in her lap.
“Yep, that’s Nancy,” said Arlton White of his late wife of 55 years, Dr. Nancy White, as he surveyed the black-and-white photo of medical staff at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas in 1964.
“And, I think that’s me!” he said, chuckling as he pointed to the man – front row, far left – casually leaning in a chair with a mischievous slight grin and eyes locked on something out of the photo frame.
More than five decades have passed since that moment was frozen in time. It’s also been three years since Nancy’s death.
Arlton still gets teary-eyed when he talks about his wife – a female doctor during a time when there were very few.
Now, the retired engineer and investor has donated in Nancy’s honor to Children’s Medical Center Foundation to support clinical research efforts at Children’s Health℠. The Foundation is pursuing vital funding for clinical research with the goal of securing a $50 million endowment.
Arlton and Nancy’s investment, along with the support of other donors, will result in ground-breaking discoveries through the Children’s Health Clinical Research Program as physicians and scientists seek to better understand the basis of diseases like cancers and how to best treat them.
The planned gift was something the couple outlined when deciding how to divide their assets.
Arlton built a sprawling ranch home in Far North Dallas in anticipation of the growing family they dreamed of, but the couple wasn’t able to have children.
“When God doesn’t give you children, he gives you the opportunities to help other children,” Arlton said.
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Arlton and Nancy chose to give to Children's Health to support clinical research and the future of medicine.