Lynn honored with lectureship in his name

Colleagues, patients and former students of Dallas ophthalmologist Dr. John R. Lynn have given more than $125,000 to establish a lecture series in his name at UT Southwestern.

Dr. Lynn served as chairman of ophthalmology at the medical center from 1963 to 1981. During his tenure he transformed what was once a small division in the Department of Surgery into the free-standing, comprehensive department it is today.

Dr. John R. Lynn

Funds for the John R. Lynn, M.D., Lectureship in Ophthalmology were raised by a core group of UT Southwestern alumni who "simply wanted to honor and thank a man who was and still is our 'chairman,'" said Dr. Robert M. Tenery Jr., who spearheaded the fund-raising efforts along with Dr. William Hutton of Dallas.

"The success of this campaign to honor John Lynn exceeded our expectations and is a testament to how much the ophthalmology community loves and respects him," said Dr. Tenery, a Dallas ophthalmologist who trained under Dr. Lynn from 1971 to 1974. "Dr. Lynn has always been a champion of education, so we felt there would be no better way to fulfill his dreams than to create a lectureship aimed at furthering the understanding of our specialty."

Dr. Lynn, who retired in 1997, earned his medical degree from the UT Medical Branch in Galveston in 1955. He joined the faculty of UT Southwestern in 1963, after completing an internship at the U.S. Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, Calif.; a year and a half as assistant base medical officer at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; a residency and fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City; a fellowship at the Universitaet Augenklinik in Tuebingen, West Germany; and a year on active duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve at Honolulu.

In 1982 Dr. Lynn stepped down from his post as professor and holder of the David Bruton Jr. Chair in Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern to become the founder and president of Glaucoma Associates of Texas in Dallas. He remained on the medical center's clinical faculty until his retirement.

The author of two books and more than 30 professional papers, Dr. Lynn also holds six patents and has produced three professional ophthalmology training films. He and his wife, Lucretia, have five children and 10 grandchildren.

"I can only say that I'm very surprised and honored by these wonderful gifts," said Dr. Lynn.

Dr. Kern Wildenthal, president of UT Southwestern, said, "It is fitting that the students and colleagues whose lives and careers Dr. Lynn touched pay tribute to him in such a generous way. His contributions to UT Southwestern have been great, and we are excited that this new lectureship in his name will enhance our ophthalmology education program for years to come."