A New Name, A New Chapter
Lewis Katz earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Science and Technology in 1963. After earning a BS in biology from Temple, Katz graduated first in his class from the Dickinson School of Law.
Katz's career spanned the fields of law, investment banking and business. After serving as partner in the law firm of Katz, Ettin and Levine, he led a variety of enterprises including Kinney Parking Systems, the New Jersey Nets, the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Media Network and Interstate Outdoor Advertising. In addition to his service as a trustee of Temple University, he also served on the boards of the Temple University Health System and Fox Chase Cancer Center.
Katz was director of the Katz Foundation—which supports charitable, educational and medical causes, including an annual prize in cardiovascular research. He also served on the boards of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the National Basketball Association.
He was granted an honorary degree May 15, 2014, for a lifetime of support for Temple University. In his acceptance speech, he told the Temple graduates about his life story: growing up without a father, working to put himself through college, taking chances in his first investments, and what he learned after a career in business, sports and journalism.
Standing in front of the graduates, he told them that his business success was not the most important part of his life. It was his family and friends whom he cherished more than anything.
"Life, in my view, is meant to be enjoyed," Katz said to Temple's graduates. "It's meant to have as much fun as you can conjure up."
Hours before being granted the degree, Katz announced plans to donate $25 million to Temple University to support the School of Medicine. In recognition of Katz's commitment and his lifetime of efforts on behalf of the university, Temple's Board of Trustees named the university's School of Medicine after Katz.
"As part of Lewis Katz's visionary leadership and support of Temple's educational mission, he was a devoted and strong supporter of our Medical School mission, and someone whom I came to know well and was honored to call my friend," said Larry R. Kaiser, Dean of Temple's School of Medicine and president and CEO of Temple University Health System.
Additional Information About Lewis Katz
- View the Memorial to Lewis Katz
- Watch Lewis' 2014 Temple University Commencement Speech, voted best in the nation
- Read The Philadelphia Inquirer's remembrance of Lewis Katz
Naming and Dedication Ceremony
On October 13, 2015, the entire Temple community came together to officially dedicate our School of Medicine with its new name: the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.
Resources for the Lewis Katz School of Medicine Community
Naming a medical school is a major event. It brings increased visibility, establishes a new piece of identity, and of course, involves a lot of change.
Below are links to the naming guide and an FAQ about the naming. For additional questions or to request the new School of Medicine logos, please contact KatzNaming@temple.edu.