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Why I Give: Drew Mohr '63

1963 UT graduate Drew Mohr

1963 UT graduate Drew Mohr

Major: Industrial arts and mathematics
Profession: Retired from AT&T in 2010

Q: Your father taught at UT, correct?
A: Yes, my father was the late Dr. Robert L. Mohr, a professor of secondary education in the education department. He passed away in 1965. I was an only child and graduated from Plant High School. When I came to UT, we agreed to ignore each other if we ran into each other on campus.

Q: Do you have a favorite place on campus?
A: I would have to say Plant Hall, specifically the seats with Esmeralda. It was a favorite meeting place for everyone on campus and a good place for quick review with classmates before a test. On Fridays, you could always hear music — either violin or the piano — coming from the Music Room.

Q: Who was your most memorable professor?
A: In my junior year I decided to minor in math. A.J. Kainen was a wonderful mathematics professor. He prepared me so well and was a fantastic person. He encouraged me to pursue graduate studies.

Q: Tell me about your career.
A: Following my graduation from UT, I stayed on part-time at UT for a year to complete the requirements for a major in math. I earned my master's degree in statistics from Florida State University in 1965 and started working for GE in Louisville, Kentucky. I returned to Tampa in 1969, joining GTE. During my career with GTE, I worked in systems, regulatory and marketing. In 1979, I transferred to Dallas with GTE. After retiring from GTE in 1995, I worked for AT&T, Cingular and then back to AT&T until I retired in 2010.

Q: How did UT prepare you for your career?
A: UT gave me a chance to discover my own capabilities. During my working career, I had to reinvent myself several times. My experience at UT contributed to my ability to take on new challenges.

Q: What are you up to nowadays?
A: I keep busy these days with my wife and family — we have three granddaughters — and going to the gym three or four days a week. I do volunteer work and serve as chair of Ark House, a local nonprofit that provides temporary housing to people from outside of Dallas requiring long-term medical treatment.

Q: How do you continue to stay connected to UT?
A: I always make time to read the UT Journal to follow the exciting changes at UT and faithfully send in my annual donation, which is matched by the Verizon Foundation, the successor to GTE.
(Editor's note: Drew has made a gift to UT every year for the past 33 years.)

Q: Why do you support UT?
A: I want to perpetuate the experiences I had at UT for other people. I get satisfaction knowing that I can do my little part to help. My father always said that "education is a lifelong process," and I think UT prepared me for that journey.

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