Helping build for the future in a strategic way . . .
The late Harold Farb was described as "the bigger-than-life Houston developer who transformed the city's landscape with more than 30,000 apartments."
Upon his death in 2006, Farb had amassed a fortune by "developing reasonably priced complexes with the latest features. He was landlord to more than 1 million people in a career spanning more than 50 years," said a Houston Chronicle obituary.
Former Texas Gov. Mark White, a close friend, said, "He was someone who built—I guess in Texas it's OK to use the word—an 'empire' and he did it the old-fashioned way, with hard work."
Farb's hard work improved Houston's landscape in more ways than one, including as a philanthropist and supporter of important medical research and advancement.
Diane Lokey Farb is carrying on that legacy for her late husband, building for the future in a strategic way.
The Farbs have been among the most generous and most thoughtful supporters of the Texas Heart Institute. As Mrs. Farb has pointed out, she and her late husband have been very interested in advancing THI's ground-breaking adult stem-cell work.
Our pioneering physician-scientists have discovered and developed new ways to use a patient's own bone marrow-derived stem cells to regenerate damaged heart muscle and vascular tissue without need for anti-rejection drugs. They are almost daily advancing this research which also holds potential for use in repairing other organs in the body.
Researchers are also at work on the use of certain skin cells to grow new heart muscle, science which may eventually lead to our ability to grow a replacement for the human heart. This visionary science is also being done the old-fashioned way, with hard work. In turn, it requires the support of visionary thinkers like the Farbs, who recognize the promise in this field and have taken the opportunity to orient their support toward that promise.
Diane Lokey Farb is a real partner with the Texas Heart Institute, and we like it that way. Our life-saving, life-changing accomplishments are truly shared, and the medical landscape is brighter for it.
Read more about THI's research programs and the Stem Cell Center.
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