2019 Each Moment Matters Luncheon – Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award

Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, M.D., Ph.D.

For the third time in the ten-year history of the Each Moment Matters Luncheon, the Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award is being given. The recipients are Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, whose dedicated philanthropic efforts have had immeasurable impact on the Dallas community.  Through their work and voluntary efforts, they have helped to shape the Dallas community in education, the arts, and healthcare.

Dr. Wildenthal earned an M.D. from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in England, where he later was named to its American advisory board and elected to an honorary fellowship. His medical and educational accomplishments have garnered him international honors. As president of UT Southwestern Medical School, the institution emerged as one of the leading medical institutions in the world and has changed the medical landscape in Dallas.  Kern’s talents and dedication continued when he became the president of Children’s Medical Center Foundation.

Marnie Wildenthal has dedicated her career to making moments matter in the lives of children.  A graduate of Rice University, Mrs. Wildenthal earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Chicago and Master of Arts from SMU.   She spent more than 30 years teaching middle school at the Episcopal School of Dallas.  She has served as chair of the boards of TACA, Charter 100, and Literacy Achieves, and has received the Literacy Legacy Award from Literacy Achieves.  She has also served on the boards of Mental Health America, Dallas County Community Colleges Foundation, Chiapas Project, Shelton School, Highland Park Education Foundation, and Uplift Education.

The Wildenthals truly exemplify what it means to make each moment matter through their commitment to The Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Business Committee for the Arts, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Citizens Council, Dallas Assembly, Friends of WRR, Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, and the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center.