Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 2:59pm
To celebrate her graduation from dental school, Dr. Robin Weltman’s husband surprised her with a curious present – a baby grand piano. She had taken clarinet lessons when she was younger, loved music and had long wanted to learn to play the piano.
Twenty-five years later, that’s still her goal, but she’ll have to learn on a different piano because the Schafer & Sons baby grand that stood in her living room since 1987 now graces the lobby of the Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley DDS University Life Center.
Weltman, an associate professor and director of advanced education, program director for advanced education in periodontics, and interim chair of the Department of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene at UTHealth School of Dentistry, donated the piano to the university as she and her husband were downsizing to a smaller house and no longer had room for the instrument.
But she knew the perfect place for it – the large, empty lobby of the Cooley Center. The gift was enthusiastically welcomed by the university.
“Our new piano really sets an added tone (no pun intended) to the environment and complements the décor within the Cooley Center,” said Charles Figari, UTHealth vice president and chief of the university’s Auxiliary Enterprises, which operates the center. “It’s a beautiful gift that will stand the test of time and will be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come.”
UTHealth’s 14,000-square-foot special events facility is connected to the School of Dentistry building and hosts conferences, banquets and other gatherings. The piano adds a touch of elegance and ambience to the event center, Weltman said.