Dr. Deborah Loth has always been proud of the strong ties that bind the Aggie family.
The rich traditions, core values and first-class education that are unique to Texas A&M University helped shape her into the person she would eventually become in life — a successful dentist and owner of an acclaimed private practice in Fort Worth.
To commemorate those valuable lessons of life and academia instilled within her during her time in Aggieland, she recently established the Deborah Creel Loth ’82 Endowed Scholarship in Science. Loth, a third-generation Aggie, created the scholarship through the Texas A&M Foundation to support full-time students pursuing undergraduate degrees in the College of Science.
Opening the doors to a quality education for young Aggies, Loth said, is the best way to insure that they are adequately equipped to assume their future roles as leaders of tomorrow’s health care and industry professions.
“Supporting education is the most important way we can contribute,” Loth said. “Education is truly something that can’t be taken away and will definitely improve lives. We need to support our universities and students, and above all, the graduates of Texas A&M contribute more to society than the graduates of most other colleges and universities.”
After earning her bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from Texas A&M in 1982, Loth attended Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, where she received a doctorate in dental surgery and completed a residency in endodontics within six years. In 1990 she earned a master’s of science degree in oral biology from Baylor University, one year after she first began to practice endodontics in Arlington. Loth recently opened her own practice in Fort Worth and currently is a part-time clinical professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center-Baylor College of Dentistry. A Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, she also is active in numerous dental societies, including the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association.
“Deborah Loth’s kindness and generosity is a prime example of the doctrine that our university has abided by for many years — that is, Aggies helping Aggies,” said Dr. H. Joseph Newton, dean of the College of Science. “That she had the foresight to give back to the school she loves so much and in a way that will benefit our young scientists shows she has the best interests of Texas A&M University and the College of Science at heart. We are certainly appreciative of her consideration.”
Because the field of science covers so many different career possibilities, Loth wanted to make sure each deserving student had a fair shake at obtaining his or her desired career, no matter the chosen path. Loth said she hopes her personal beliefs in giving back will leave a lasting impression on her three daughters — Darby, Devon and Erin, a junior majoring in bioenvironmental sciences at Texas A&M — and inspire them to continue a family tradition of university support.
“Many graduates of the different fields of study in science will incur great education expenses and will likely pursue advanced education in fields of research and medicine,” Loth said. “Science knowledge is growing and changing at such an advanced rate that this college likely needs more support than many others.”
To learn more about endowed scholarships or other giving opportunities through the Texas A&M Foundation, visit http://giving.tamu.edu.