The Orear Institute for postgraduate studies was established under the auspices of the Baptist Medical Center Foundation (now known as the Baptist-Trinity Lutheran Legacy Foundation) through the generous support of Richard and Charlotte Orear. As their personal physician, Dr. Lenny Viril was instrumental in interesting the Orears in establishing the Endowment to promote the Orear Institute’s mission of “Providing Continuing Medical Education on recent Advances in Clinical Medicine by the Nation’s Premiere Educators.” And so, while Richard and Charlotte Orear are now deceased, their legacy lives on in this Recent Advances in Medicine Conference held annually since 1988.