The Gold Blazer Award is presented annually to alumni who have provided outstanding service to the Alumni Association and the university.
Dr. Paul Rountree
(Class of 1965) received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, and English before graduating from medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1969. In 1972, Rountree became the director of the East Little Rock Community Clinic, and he was also appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of Arkansas for Health Sciences. He returned to Texas as Gulf Coast Regional Medical Director for Union Carbide Corporation in 1989. The American Board of Preventive Medicine certified Rountree in 1990. He frequently contributed professional articles and book chapters on topics in the field of occupational medicine while working at the University of Texas Health Center in Tyler (UTHCT). After being recognized as Teacher of the Year many times, he retired in 2006 from UTHCT as the Houston Endowment Distinguished Professor in environmental science. After retirement, and never one to rest for too long, he was offered employment with ExxonMobil Corporation as Manager for Medicine and Occupational Health in the Baytown Complex and currently works as Assistant Manager for Medicine and Occupational Health in North America. Rountree also served in the Navy and retired as a Captain in the Medical Corps with 26 years of service.