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“Our participation in the White Coat Ceremony has given us a deep appreciation of the incredible caliber, diversity, and humanity of the students that the Perelman School attracts.”
– Louis A. and Lyn S. Matis

Lou Matis, M’75, and his wife Lyn have made a habit of providing for students of the Perelman School of Medicine. They’ve funded facilities in the past and for several years have provided first-year medical students with stethoscopes, which are presented in the White Coat Ceremony held each August to mark the new class’ entry into the School. Now they have pledged to name a seminar room in the new Henry A. Jordan M’62 Medical Education Center. Their new gift will pay homage to the couple’s multigenerational ties to Penn, which include Lou’s father Robert, C’44, and the couple’s daughter Elizabeth, C’13, and is also made in honor of Lou’s 40th reunion.

Lou feels that he has continued to learn valuable lessons from his alma mater, thanks in part to his volunteer service on the Medical Alumni Advisory Council, the Penn Medicine Campaign Cabinet, and the Dean’s Leadership Council. “My involvement,” he says, “has afforded me the privilege of having a front-row seat to witness the cutting-edge advances in medical education, research, and patient care that have been taking place at a remarkable pace at the Perelman School.”

Reflecting on their support of the White Coat Ceremony, Lyn Matis notes that she and Lou also find inspiration and optimism about the future in their interactions with the School’s young scholars. “This generation of medical students is certain to further enrich Penn Medicine’s legacy in the years to come.”