Honoring One’s Past by Providing for the Future

Dr. Khuong Van Nguyen

Dr. Khuong Van Nguyen, right, is pictured with Dr. Hershel “Pat” Wall, for whom the UTHSC Legacy Society is named.

A 1992 graduate of The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine (COM), Dr. Khuong Van Nguyen, MD, MS, MSME, FACS, is honoring both the institution and the people with whom he credits his good fortune through provisions in his estate plan.

Dr. Nguyen and his wife, Linh, have established a research award that provides an annual stipend for a resident in the College of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology. The Nguyens are funding the research award during their lifetime in order to ensure the stipend continues even after their lifetime.

"I don't know how else to show my appreciation to the faculty I met in medical school," he says of his decision to make a gift to UTHSC.

The gift was made through a bequest in the couple's will and contains language establishing an endowment to fund a scholarship in honor of Dr. Nguyen's parents, who he says were critical in his life success.

"My parents came here as refugees from Vietnam with nothing," he says. "They encouraged me and my siblings to learn. All nine of us completed college—seven with graduate and/or professional degrees. They sacrificed so much for us. I wanted to establish a scholarship to honor them."

The Nguyens' legacy gifts qualify them for membership in the Hershel P. Wall Legacy Society, which honors those who have made provisions for UTHSC in their estate plans. Dr. Nguyen is humbled by his inclusion in the society.

"To be associated with the Hershel P. Wall Legacy Society is truly an honor," he says.

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