Bob Lanier Honored With Ben Taub Humanitarian Award

Award Involves Two of Houston's Most Distinguished Leaders

Oct 26, 2009, 16:48 ET from The Harris County Hospital District Foundation

HOUSTON, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Harris County Hospital District Foundation honored former Mayor Bob Lanier, one of Houston's most respected and beloved citizens, with the Ben Taub Humanitarian Award during ceremonies on Wednesday, October 21st.

"Bob Lanier exemplifies the values by which Ben Taub lived his life," said Henry J.N. Taub II, Foundation board member. "Like Ben Taub, Bob Lanier has a heart as big as the great State of Texas and a dogged determination to make sure that every Texan is treated with fairness and compassion and has the opportunity to succeed."

"Mayor Bob has the same empathy and compassion for his fellow man as my great uncle," said H. Ben Taub, Foundation chairman. "I cannot think of a better person to receive the Ben Taub Humanitarian Award."

Mr. Lanier joins a short list of Houstonians who have been honored with the award including: Ginni and Richard Mithoff; Michael E. DeBakey, M.D.; J. Evans Attwell; Ned. S. Holmes and Ben F. Love.

Bob Lanier was one of the most popular mayors in Houston's history. Texas Monthly magazine named him one of the top three Texas Mayors of the 20th Century. Mayor Lanier has served as the Chairman of the Texas Highway Department and the Chairman of Houston Metro. He also chaired the non-profit entity that built the convention center hotel. Bob managed to accomplish all this and more while having a successful career as an attorney, real estate developer and banker.

"This award is designed both to honor the hard work and commitment of the recipient and to encourage others to take up the many challenges that still face our community," said Henry J.N. Taub II. "As Albert Einstein once said, 'only a life lived for others is worth living.' There is much work to be done and the Foundation is encouraging others to continue the example set by Mayor Lanier and my great uncle."

Mayor Lanier and his wife Elyse live in Houston, as do their seven children and 11 grandchildren.

About the Harris County Hospital District Foundation

The Harris County Hospital District Foundation was chartered by the State of Texas on March 2, 1992 as a non-profit corporation whose exclusive purpose was to operate a charitable, scientific, and educational entity solely for the benefit of the Harris County Hospital District.

The Foundation raises endowment funds and works conjointly with the governing board of the Hospital District in raising the consciousness of health welfare in the community. The Foundation is committed to raising funding as well as public support for programs and services that go above and beyond the narrow scope of tax-supported care for the uninsured and the underinsured.

SOURCE The Harris County Hospital District Foundation