New Endowment to Benefit the Children of Military and First Responders
Head of School Jeff Bell recently announced the establishment of a new endowment to benefit the children of military and first responders, thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Tom Weber.
"We are committed to ensuring that a Gibbons education is accessible to all, not just those who can afford to pay our tuition," Bell said. "This scholarship will benefit our students and honor those in our community who sacrifice so much for us."
A U.S. Army veteran, Weber is the chief medical officer and anesthesiologist at Midtown Pain and Spine Clinic in Raleigh. Growing up, he attended St. Peter's Lorain Elementary School and Lorain Catholic High School in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. It was his Catholic education that helped launch him on the path to success.
Weber's connection with two Sisters of Notre Dame who led his schools — Sr. Anna Mae Murphy and Sr. Mary Rena — inspired his gift to Gibbons.
"They helped mentor me and set me on the path to be the person I am today," he said. "If it wasn't for them, I might not even be a doctor."
Weber's relationship with the Sisters continued as he entered adulthood. After graduating from Ohio State University, he attended medical school at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Upon graduation, he completed an internship at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center and his residency in Anesthesia at the National Capital Consortium, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
During a deployment to Iraq, the Sisters rallied their students to send Weber cards, a touching gesture that strengthened his desire to give back.
"It was really an incredible thing," Weber said. "I've been saying for years that I was going to give back to the Sisters of Notre Dame when I had the ability to do so."
After learning about Gibbons' connection to the Sisters of Notre Dame — the order led the school from 1972 to 2020 — Weber knew he had found a way to honor his Catholic education and help future generations of students of military families.
Weber hopes the Honoring Our Military and First Responders Endowment will help ease the financial burden of parents like his own who sacrificed to ensure he received a quality education.