College of Medicine Dean Endows Christopher C. Colenda, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

October 4, 2005

Christopher C. Colenda, M.D., M.P.H., dean of the College of Medicine at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, has made a $26,000 pledge to endow the Christopher C. Colenda, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, in honor of his late father. The endowed gift marks the first of its kind given by a current dean of the college.
The Christopher C. Colenda, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund was initially established by faculty and staff at the College of Medicine.
Leadership gifts like Dr. Colenda’s demonstrate an internal investment into our institution,” said Tom Pool, director of Institutional Advancement at the A&M College of Medicine. “We are grateful for his generosity.”
Christopher C. Colenda, Jr., passed away April 18, 2005 at the age of 89 in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was a World War II veteran and served as a captain in the U.S. Army. Mr. Colenda received the Bronze Star and retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 1953. He was also a member of the Shriners, 32nd Degree Masons and the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder. Mr. Colenda retired after 41 years as assistant executive vice president with Best Foods, a division of CPC International. For many years during his retirement, his favorite job was that of starter at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club of Colonial Williamsburg.
Mr. Colenda is survived by his wife of 62 years, Janet, an early pioneer of commercial aviation. She was a member of the second class of airline stewardists for Pennsylvania Central Airlines, which eventually became part of United Airlines.
Dr. Colenda’s endowment pledge will be credited to a scholarship campaign currently in the planning stages by the Office of Institutional Advancement.

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