The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science Fall 2011  

Alumni profile

Nuñez urges students to follow their passion

     Dr. Ignacio Nuñez's parents taught him the value of a good education long before he was a successful Arlington doctor or a UT Arlington Distinguished Alumnus.
     Because he believes strongly in education and giving students every opportunity to succeed, Nuñez and his wife, Lynda, decided to honor his mother with the Carmen Trujillo Nuñez Pre-Med Scholarship at UT Arlington. A second scholarship named after Lynda Nuñez's mother in the College of Liberal Arts has also been created.
Ignacio Nuñez
Ignacio Nuñez
     The endowment for both scholarships is $50,000, a combination of a $25,000 gift from the Nuñez family and a $25,000 match from the University's Maverick Match program, which uses natural gas royalties to leverage major gifts . Philanthropic partners who make endowments of $25,000 or more see their contributions doubled.
     "My mother was an avid reader who bestowed upon me several gifts that have served me well," Nuñez said. "First is a shared love of reading, second an insatiable curiosity, and third an adventurous life as a child traveling with my family to wherever my father was stationed, including four years in Japan.
     "My mother always told me that I was just as capable as anyone else, regardless of race or social standing. I believed her, and I have strived to see everyone through my mother's eyes."
     The endowment will provide a $1,125 scholarship for a pre-med student as well as a $1,125 scholarship for an English major. The second scholarship is called the Evelyn Anita Sawyer Endowed Scholarship in English. Lynda Nuñez graduated from UT Arlington in 1991 with a B.A. in English.
     "Support from alumni like Dr. Nuñez and his wife is essential as UT Arlington continues its efforts to attract and retain the most talented and driven students," said Jim Lewis, UT Arlington vice president for development. "His professional success and dedicated service to the Arlington community serve as examples to our students of what they can achieve."
     Nuñez was born in Greenville, S.C. His father was in the U.S. Air Force, and Nuñez's family lived around the United States and in Japan before moving to Fort Worth when he was in seventh grade. He chose UT Arlington for its proximity to home and its affordability, and he worked to put himself through school. He graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 1975 and went on to attend UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he earned his M.D. in 1979. He has practiced obstetrics/ gynecology in Arlington for over three decades, delivering thousands of babies to area mothers.
     He now specializes in gynecology and is certified in robotic surgery. He is a partner with Family Healthcare Associates in Arlington and is also a member of the board of trustees for Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and a trustee for the Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation.
     Nuñez is a past president of the Fort Worth OB-GYN Society, and is a member of the Tarrant County Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the Texas State Medical Society, and the Fort Worth OB/GYN Medical Society. Nuñez is a lifetime member of the UT Arlington Alumni Association and a member of the 1895 Society. In 2010, he was among those selected for UT Arlington's highest honor for alumni when he was named a Distinguished Alumnus.
     Nuñez says he feels a need to help and encourage others, and he tells students that putting their energy into something they're passionate about is the key to making a difference.
     "My parents were my mentors; they really emphasized education," Nuñez said. "Reading will help you become anything you want to be. Once I started reading, I never looked back. When I talk to students, I encourage them to find what they're passionate about and do that. I tell students to take advantage of the chance to get an education."