Dentist creates $100K scholarship for Texas dental school

Money Bag Grant Award Social

Dr. Thomas Spier and his family have created the Spier Family Dental Scholarship Fund, which consists of $100,000, for the Hunt School of Dental Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.

The fund, established as a part of the family's celebration of the dentist's 90th birthday in 2021, will give priority to incoming dental students from New Mexico, the Spiers' home state. In honor of the gift, the school named a surgical wing at its oral health clinic after Spier and his wife, Hendrika. It was unveiled on March 20.

Spier, a survivor of a World War II Nazi concentration camp, spent many years working in New Mexico and served as president of the New Mexico Dental Association in 1972.

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