The Joe Barnhart Foundation is dedicated to carrying out the vision of Dr. Joe Barnhart, founder of the Foundation, who asked his trustees to work toward the development and expansion of educational and cultural opportunities for the people of Beeville, Texas, particularly the children of the community.
Although based in Houston, Texas, the Foundation devotes the largest portion of its time, attention and funding to endeavors in Beeville. Over the past twelve years, the Foundation has contributed over $1 million annually to programs there.
Dr. Barnhart (1920-1993) spent his formative years in Beeville. He practiced orthopedic surgery in Houston for thirty-five years. He was Chief of Orthopedics at St. Luke's Hospital from 1968-1985 and Chief of Orthopedics at Texas Children's Hospital from 1982-1985. The orthopedic department at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston is named for him. Chair of that department is titled Wilhelmina Barnhart Chair of Orthopedic Surgery, named for his wife. In addition to his medical achievements, Dr. Barnhart was involved in investment and ranching interests. Active in the Beeville community through the years, Dr. Barnhart was named 1992 Citizen of the Year by the Beeville Chamber of Commerce. At the dinner in his honor, he was described as a "man of service to others, one with a great zest for learning, a philanthropist, outstanding surgeon, and a man who has never forgotten his home."
Board of Directors:
Ben B. Andrews
Bishop Janice Riggle Huie
Lou Adele May
George S. Tallichet
V. Richard Viebig, Jr.
Executive Director: Tracy Saucier