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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

July 2020

TDCJ and UTMB Mourn the Loss of Dr. Gary Glen Wright

Dr. Gary Glen Wright

Our mission is to provide each offender the best possible chance at life upon release, and that is only possible with the help of our partners at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). We share in their sorrow today as we grieve the loss of Dr. Gary Glen Wright, Medical Director for the Coffield, Boyd and Michael Units. Per UTMB:

On behalf of the UTMB-CMC Family, we regret to inform our colleagues and friends that we have lost a beloved physician, Dr. Gary Wright. He worked diligently to treat the incarcerated population before his passing on July 1, 2020. Gary’s life was dedicated to his patients, his family, and his friends.

Gary earned a degree in pharmacology from the University of Houston and worked through medical school as a pharmacist. He graduated med school from the University of Pennsylvania. He moved back to Texas and completed his residency and worked as a trauma surgeon at University Medical Center of El Paso. He co-founded the Tigua Hospital in El Paso. For over thirty years Gary cared for the people of El Paso as a doctor and as a friend. He retired in 2001 but he continued his quest for knowledge and purpose. He studied law at Concord University before returning to the practice of medicine. Since 2009, Gary has been a stellar physician within the Palestine area cluster of units. He had a passion for life which fueled his purpose and commitment to provide exemplary medical care to his patients.

Gary was more than a physician. He was a friend and a wonderful family man. He was proud of his family and their accomplishments. Gary and his wife Diane were inseparable. Gary enjoyed spending time with friends and family at his second home on Catalina Island. He was an inspiring man and his legacy will live on for generations in those he encountered in his personal and professional life. He could charm any stranger and was eager to help others without asking anything in return. If you were blessed enough to know him well, you respected and admired him for his knowledge, his candor, his quick wit, and most of all, for his generous and loving heart. He will be missed but never forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Foundation, COVID-19 Relief Fund or University of Texas Medical Branch’s COVID-19 Research Fund.