Revitalizing Residents

Robert Weil creates a professorship for the Montgomery Residency Program.
Robert-S-Weil-and--Dr.-Ray-Watts-2The Montgomery Internal Medicine Residency Program endowed support fund, established by Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Weil several years ago, has been supported by many donors over the years and has become a vital part of the overall success of residency training in the Montgomery area. Now Mr. Weil has given an additional personal gift to create an endowed professorship.

The Virginia Loeb Weil Endowed Professorship in Medical Education is named in memory of Mrs. Weil and in grateful recognition of the tremendous care she received from Wickliffe J. Many Jr., M.D., former program director of the UAB Montgomery Internal Medicine Residency Program and dean of the School of Medicine Montgomery Campus. The funds will be used to recruit and/or retain outstanding medical education faculty to oversee resident education and to support the residency program and its mission to provide its residents with the tools necessary to expand their medical knowledge, attain clinical skills and judgment, and acquire ethical and compassionate behavior, and to instill in those students a commitment to the care and service of the patients they serve.

Mrs. Weil was involved in establishing the Montgomery Academy, and as an arts student and advocate, she was a member of the Alabama State Arts Council and served as president of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, vice president of the Montgomery Symphony, and president of the Antiquarians Society. She was a lifetime member of Temple Beth-Or and served on its Sisterhood Committee, served as a Pink Lady for St. Margaret’s Hospital for numerous years, and later in life helped to establish the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

Throughout his adult life, Mr. Weil has been an active participant in civic activities, has worked tirelessly for the betterment of his state and community, and has been a strong leader in encouraging and promoting the industrial and economic development of the region. He has served many charitable organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Salvation Army, United Way, and the United Negro College Fund.

Mr. Weil is well known for his interest in and support of education, and particularly for his leadership in the study and long-range planning for improvement of the public education system. His love of the arts has been expressed through his involvement in the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Art Incorporated, Hood Museum of Dartmouth College, and the Montgomery, Alabama, and Boston, Massachusetts, symphony orchestras.

“It is indeed a humble honor and privilege to be the first recipient of the Virginia Loeb Weil Professor of Medical Education,” Many says. “Mrs. Weil was a remarkable individual with altruism and concern for the welfare of others central to her purpose in life. Her legacy and that of Mr. Weil to the future of medical education and the delivery of quality health care to our community and the state of Alabama will endure through the graduates of our medical school campus and residency program.” 

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