Houston Memorial Professorship Established

August 23, 2011 Houston Memorial

George R. Houston, former professor of accounting, is being remembered by his students and faculty colleagues with the creation of the George Houston Memorial Professorship. With more than $1.5 million in pledges already, the endowment aims to support the appointment of a senior faculty member, with a total fundraising goal of $3 million. Through this legacy, Houston will continue to inspire students to excel.

After graduating from Georgetown in 1961, Houston taught accounting for 33 years at the university and received numerous teaching awards and honors. He was awarded the John Carroll Medal in 1981 and an honorary degree from the university in 1982. In 1992, he was named Distinguished Professor of Accounting and was presented with the Alumni Admissions Program Award.
 
Houston also served as the university's Chief Financial Officer for 24 years, playing a major role in the growth of Georgetown’s endowment. As a member of the president’s cabinet, he brought innovation and discipline to the university and was the catalyst for the creation of many of today's essentnial institutions; such as the credit union and GUTS services. Closer to his home in the business school, he assisted in fundraising for the Rafik B. Hariri Building, but passed away in 2008 before the building was completed.
 
If you are interested in learning more about the George Houston Memorial Professorship or being a part of the initiative, please contact Eric Billman, eb287@gerogetown.edu or (202) 687-6674, or Elizabeth Harless, eh257@georgetown.edu or (202) 687-0475. Make a direct gift by visiting http://msb.georgetown.edu/giving and designating the George R. Houston Professorship Account # EP2300018.