Governor Bredesen, others participate in ceremony honoring healthcare leader Clayton McWhorter and the late Fred McWhorter
Belmont University honored Clayton and Fred McWhorter Friday morning during the official dedication ceremony for the newly opened McWhorter Hall. The 90,000 square foot, state-of-the-art academic building houses the University’s Schools of Pharmacy and Physical Therapy, as well as the Department of Psychological Science. McWhorter Hall was named in honor of Belmont Trustee Emeritus and Chairman of Clayton Associates, Clayton McWhorter, and his brother, the late pharmacist Fred McWhorter. Both men dedicated their careers to the healthcare field, making a difference in the lives of countless individuals and championing healthcare reform.
In addition to Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher and Board of Trustees Chairman Marty Dickens, others offering remarks included Tennessee Governor and longtime McWhorter family friend Phil Bredesen, SHOUTAmerica Executive Director Landon Gibbs and Clayton Associates President Stuart McWhorter, Clayton’s son.
While all the speakers remarked on Clayton McWhorter’s countless contributions to healthcare and the education of future generations, the event centered around Clayton’s brother Fred, who was a practicing pharmacist for more than 50 years. Clayton McWhorter said, “My brother Fred practiced pharmacy like it should be practiced and stayed true to his profession, loving every minute of it. I believe he would be honored to have this building bear the McWhorter name, but I’m even more hopeful that the student pharmacists and other health care specialists learning within these walls will look to my brother as a premier model of their profession.”
A portrait of the brothers, painted by noted artist Shane Neal, was unveiled at the ceremony along with a plaque of dedication: “I will consider the welfare of humanity and relief of suffering my primary concerns (Oath of a Pharmacist). This building is dedicated in honor of beloved healthcare leader Clayton McWhorter and his brother, longtime practicing pharmacist Fred McWhorter. May their example of professional knowledge, personal integrity, innovative leadership and tireless giving to their community and their patients inspire the many students who will walk these halls.”
Click here to see additional photos from today’s event. Click here to read more details about the building from the grand opening ceremony in August.