HOUSTON, TexasDr. Jim Willerson, a former College of Texas swimmer and UT Men’s Athletics Corridor of Honor inductee, passed absent on Wednesday in Houston. He was 80 yrs outdated.

A three-year letter winner (1959-61) for the Longhorns in the pool and a member of the Texas Cowboys, Willerson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UT in 1961 with a diploma in pre-med. He received the UT Tutorial Award as the pupil-athlete with the highest grade position average (three.8).

Willerson is a distinguished UT Austin alumnus, president emeritus of the Texas Coronary heart Insitute and former president of The College of Texas Wellness Science Centre at Houston. In 2017, UT Austin named its leading cardiovascular research middle at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) in honor of Dr. Willerson. A swimming scholarship is named in his honor at The College of Texas, and he was inducted into the UT Men’s Athletics Corridor of Honor in 2009.

Born November 16, 1939 in Lampasas, Texas, he grew up in San Antonio and attended the San Antonio Academy in grade university and the Texas Armed service Academy (TMI) for higher university. Willerson was a state swimming winner, winning five unique titles in the state non-public university swim satisfy.