M.D. Anderson Foundation Announces $1 Million Gift

Nov. 4, 1999

by Alan Hunt


WACO, Texas -- A major gift of $1 million has been announced by the M.D. Anderson Foundation of Houston, to Baylor Law School's current $35 million Building & Endowment Campaign.

The gift has been allocated by the Law School to underwrite the main reading room in the library of the planned Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center, the new home of Baylor Law School. In recognition of the Anderson Foundation's continued support of the Law School, the Law School has elected to designate the facility as the "Gibson Gayle Jr. and Uriel Dutton Main Reading Room," honoring the two current Trustees of the Foundation who are Baylor Law graduates.

Gayle is president of the M.D. Anderson Foundation. and Dutton serves as a vice president of the foundation. The Anderson Foundation has provided significant financial support to numerous projects at Baylor and Baylor Law School over a lengthy period of time.

Gayle and Dutton and members of their families will be the guests of honor at a noon luncheon at the Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center on the Baylor campus on Wednesday, Nov. 10, hosted by Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. and Brad Toben, dean of Baylor Law School.

Scheduled for completion in Fall 2001, the planned $28 million law center will provide Baylor with one of the nation's finest law school facilities. The building, which will be located adjacent to Fort Fisher on the banks of the Brazos River, will include classrooms, courtrooms, the law library, computer labs, seminar and meeting rooms, faculty and administrative offices, and common areas.

The "Gibson Gayle Jr. and Uriel Dutton Main Reading Room" will form one of the largest spaces in the 125,000-square-foot center. The reading room will feature a two-story design with a balcony and will command an impressive view overlooking the Brazos River.

A Waco native, Gayle graduated from Waco High School in 1943 and, after military service, graduated from Baylor Law School with highest honors in 1950, ranking first in his class. He scored the highest mark ever attained as of 1950 on the Texas bar examination. Dutton, a native of Indian Gap, Texas, graduated first in his class in 1951, also with highest honors, and scored the top mark on the Texas bar examination in 1951. Both men have achieved high-profile careers with the Houston law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. since earning their Baylor law degrees. Gayle served as Chairman of the firm's Executive Committee and managing partner from 1979 until 1992. Dutton remains a senior partner with the firm.

Gayle is a former president of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Endowment. He also served as chairman of the Texas Bar Foundation, as secretary of the American Bar Association, and as a council member of the International Bar Association, representing the American Bar Association.

He serves as a trustee of The Leon Jaworski Foundation, and as a life member of the board of directors at Texas Medical Center, Inc. He is also a trustee and former board chairman of the Baylor College of Medicine. He is an associate member of the board of visitors at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and a former board member of the Greater Houston Partnership and the Houston Chamber of Commerce.

The recipient of numerous professional honors, Gayle was named in 1975 as Baylor Lawyer of the Year, an award given annually to an outstanding alumnus who has brought honor and distinction to Baylor Law School and the legal profession. In 1980 Gayle received the Baylor Distinguished Alumnus Award. He is married to Martha Wood Gayle, a 1944 Waco High School graduate, 1946 Baylor Homecoming Queen, and 1948 Baylor graduate. They have five children and seven grandchildren.

Dutton served as editor in chief of the Baylor Law Review and was a member of Phi Delta Phi during his years as a law student. After graduation he served on the staff and faculty of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, Va., from 1952 to 1954, and joined Fulbright & Jaworski's Houston office in 1954. He has been actively involved in management and administration of the firm for more than 25 years, including service on the firm's Management Committee, Executive Committee, and Policy Committee, as well as service

in other administrative positions and various other committees. He served as head of the firm's Real Estate Department and Oil and Gas Department for 18 years, and as head of the firm's Energy Department for five years.

For over 45 years, Dutton has practiced in the areas of real estate, oil and gas, minerals, electric power, and other forms of energy, as well as in the general corporate, business, and financing areas of the practice. Included in The Best Lawyers in America and Who's Who in America, Dutton is a member of the Houston and American Bar Associations and the State Bar of Texas. He is a life fellow of the Houston Bar, Texas Bar, and American Bar Foundations.

Toben said it is fitting that the main reading room of the new law center should bear the names of two of Baylor's most distinguished alumni, coupled with the name of the M.D. Anderson Foundation.

"Gib Gayle and Uriel Dutton represent the generation of legal giants who did so much to establish the unparalleled reputation that Baylor Law School enjoys today," he said. "Their prestigious careers reflect the tremendous professional goals they set for themselves as young Baylor law graduates. We applaud their accomplishments and we are grateful and thankful for their continued love of, and support for, Baylor Law School."

Toben said the M.D. Anderson Foundation has been a generous supporter of Baylor Law School, providing substantial funding for the Leon Jaworski Wing, which was added to the school in 1974, and for the Advocacy Wing, which was completed in 1984. The foundation also has underwritten the M.D. Anderson Foundation/Watson Wise Foundation Computer Lab and Legal Research Center, which was completed in 1993. The Anderson Foundation also has provided generous support over many years to the Law School's faculty research fund, supplying grants for law school faculty members engaging in research.

Waco Mayor Michael Morrison will proclaim Nov. 10 as "Gibson Gayle Jr. and Uriel Dutton Day" in Waco during the luncheon program.

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