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Nancy Macko Shelby had an exceptional brother, with whom she was extremely close. "Michael was good at everything he did," Shelby says. "He held nine records in track, played baritone horn, sailed. If he set his mind to doing something, he did it. And he was a very good person. Everybody liked him."
Michael Macko, MD knew by the time he was eight years old that he wanted to be a doctor. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton, and his medical degree from Columbia University Medical School. He was a gifted teacher and mentor, as well as an expert diagnostician. Just five days before he died from a long, difficult illness, a colleague brought him a stack of EKGs to review and provide consultation. Shelby says, "I often hear from other doctors who knew Michael, that when they are debating the best course of action with a patient, they think 'What would Michael Macko do?'"
Shelby is a banker and trust officer from Westchester County, New York, now currently residing in Houston. And while Dr. Macko practiced in New England, Shelby knew she wanted to make a planned gift to UTHealth honoring her brother, explaining, "We're here now. This was the right place to make the gift." And Dr. Macko was well acquainted with UTHealth. When he visited his sister in Houston, he wanted to see the UTHealth PET scanner, one of only two in the country at the time. The bequest will be used to enhance the teaching of physical diagnosis.
Although she still feels his loss keenly, Shelby is excited about the gift. She points out, "I'm a huge proponent of this type of giving. It's tax efficient. The charity gets the money faster. And gifts like this are not just for the very wealthy; a person of average means can do this. It's the perfect gift, and you can make the world a better place."
"Michael worked up until the end. He made provisions for 14 charities in his will. He gave his boat, "Moonlight," to a school where a friend was headmaster. He did the right thing all the time. This is the right thing, too."