A shady oak tree that served for decades as both a good luck charm for University of Texas Medical Branch students and an open-air study hall is being cut down this week after never recovering from Hurricane Ike.
For months after the September 2008 hurricane, signs of life were searched for in the oak that had been dedicated in memory of the medical branch's first president, Truman G. Blocker.
Mike Shriner, vice president of business operations and facilities at the school, says the experts called in agreed the tree would not recover.
The Galveston County Daily News reports that the medical branch
is asking faculty, staff and students to suggest ways to immortalize the "Blocker Oak."
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