has announced a $25 million gift from the family of the late physician and alumnus John W. Deming ('44) in support of research at its .
Made by Bertie Deming Smith in honor of her husband, the largest gift in the medical school’s history will support research within the Department of Medicine, the largest translational research department in the School of Medicine, and will provide critical support to launch the careers of junior investigators while also rewarding established faculty members. In recognition of the gift, the translational research department will be named the John W. Deming Department of Medicine.
Deming attended before he enrolled in Tulane School of Medicine, where he graduated first in his class in 1944. After serving as a captain in the Army Medical Corps, he practiced internal medicine in Louisiana, earning a reputation as a talented diagnostician with a gentle but effective bedside manner. A longtime volunteer and supporter of the university, Deming became a member of the Tulane board of administrators, an associate professor of clinical medicine, a charter member of the medical center’s board of governors, and a recipient of the university's distinguished alumnus award.
In addition, Bertie Smith Deming and her siblings established the , in honor of their father, Charles Murphy, who founded what became the .
"Tulane and the School of Medicine would not be where it is today without the exceptional commitment and remarkable foresight of the Deming family. No family has been as significant to the success of the school over the years," said Tulane president Mike Fitts. "This is a gift that will build our research enterprise and encourage breakthroughs that we can only imagine today. This is a gift with an importance that will radiate well beyond our current boundaries."