Former USD athlete presents $100,000 gift

Former USD athlete presents $100,000 gift John House, M.D., of Irving, TX, recently made a gift of $100,000 to benefit the scholarship programs for South Dakota Intercollegiate Athletics. He made the gift announcement during the Coyote Sports Hall of Fame ceremony in September.

Dr. House, who was inducted into the 2002 Coyotes Sports Hall of Fame, made the gift after his induction. House presented South Dakota Athletics Director Kelly Higgins with a check for $50,000 at the USD Sports Hall of Fame Banquet. He also announced that he would also give USD $5,000 per year for the next 10 years to aid scholarships at USD.

A board certified urologist, Dr. House was a key member of the South Dakota Coyotes football teams that captured North Central Conference titles in 1972-74. Originally of Fremont, NE, he was named to the all-NCC offensive unit as offensive tackle during the 1976 season. He earned four football letters and was elected offensive captain during his senior year. House lettered as a freshman on the 1972 team, coached by Joe Salem, which went 9-1, and won the NCC title.

He was also an important cog on the 1973 team that went 8-3, won the NCC and played in the NCAA Far West Division II regional vs. Boise State. He started more than 30 games in his final three seasons.

In 1977, Dr. House received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and mathematics from USD. He later completed a master's degree in chemical engineering at Texas Tech. He earned an M.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma Medical School and completed his residency in urologic surgery at the University of Missouri in 1998.

Dr. House is co-founder and managing partner of Urology Associates of North Texas and C.E.O. and founder of US Therapies, a healthcare company that provides lithotripsy, prostate thermotherapy and orthopedic shock wave therapy services to hospital and physician groups. Dr. House and his wife Renette live in Las Colinas and have one son.

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