The Barshop Institute is named for Texas businessman Sam Barshop and his wife, Ann.Mrs. Barshop is the consummate community volunteer, wife and mother, and has greatly supported her husbands legendary success. Sam and Ann were blessed with three children: Bruce, Jamie and Steven, and they have two grandchildren,Samantha and Ben.
Sam Barshop is the Founder and retired Chairman of the Board,President and CEO of La Quinta Inns, Inc.He is also the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Barshop & Oles Company, a privately owned, Texas-based, full-service commercial real estate development and management company which has owned, developed or managed more than 5 million square feet of shopping centers, industrial and office properties, limited service hotels, and highly acclaimed master-planned,mixed-use projects located in major Texas markets.
A proud graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Barshop served on the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System.He is a former director of Southwest Airlines and former chairman of the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council and the San Antonio Free Trade Alliance. Mr. Barshop is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards from The University of Texas at Austin including the Ex-Students Association Distinguished Alumni Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Hall of Fame Award in the College of Business Administration. He has also been recognized as a San Antonio Business Hall of Fame Laureate and named to the Texas Philanthropy Hall of Fame. Mr. Barshop also earned the notable Americas Lodging Investment Summit Lifetime Achievement Award.
As an emeritus member of the UT Health Science Center Development Board and former trustee of the San Antonio Medical Foundation, Sam Barshop has long been interested in biomedical research.In 2001, Sam and Ann provided the foundational philanthropic support to establish and name the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies.
We all want to grow old very old but we want to do it as slowly as possible, Mrs. Barshop has said.This is why Sam and I support the Barshop Institute, one of the premier centers for aging research. In 2010, the Barshops were awarded the Fred D. Thompson Award of Distinction by the New York-based American Federation for Aging Research.
The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio is deeply grateful to Sam and Ann Barshop for their visionary and exemplar generosity in stepping forward to make healthy aging a reality and to make lives better for the citizens of this region and the world.