November 2012

Storybook Gala Benefits Pediatrics

With Mark Siewert (far left), chair of Golisano Children's Hospital Board of Directors, past and present chairs of the Department of Pediatrics were recognized for their service. From left: Robert Haggerty ’51M (Res), Kathy Wissler (on behalf of Robert Hoekelman, M.D.), Nina Schor, M.D., Ph.D., and Elizabeth McAnarney ’70M (Flw)

In the excitement of celebrating the groundbreaking of a new building, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that, once upon a time, there was no Golisano Children’s Hospital. A storybook-themed 25th annual Golisano Children’s Hospital Gala, held on October 20 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, focused on the history of the children’s hospital and the Department of Pediatrics. Through live and silent auctions, almost 900 guests helped ensure more stories end “happily ever after” by generously giving more than $800,000.

As part of the evening’s theme, the elegantly dressed guests were joined by several storybook characters from their childhood such as Curious George, the Cat in the Hat, Eloise, and others. In the guise of Little Miss Muffet, Howie Jacobson, vice-chair of the Children’s Hospital Board of Directors, led a dinner program that honored five of the Department of Pediatrics’ past and present chairs for their regional and national achievements in pediatric medical care: Robert J. Haggerty ’51M (Res), the late David Smith ’58M (MD), ’92 (HNR), Robert A. Hoekelman, M.D., Elizabeth R. McAnarney ’70M (Flw), and the current William H. Eilinger Chair of Pediatrics and Pediatrician-in-Chief Nina F. Schor, M.D., Ph.D.

Each chair has played an important role in the improvement of pediatric medicine in our region and throughout the world. Haggerty and Hoekelman emphasized the importance of community pediatrics and the benefits of collaboration. Smith helped to develop the Hib vaccine that has saved the lives of countless children all over the world. McAnarney, the first female chair, established several programs to meet the needs of teens. And Schor, whose tenure began in 2006, has led Golisano Children’s Hospital to increased national recognition.

The funds raised throughout the evening will support the new hospital and many of its programs, as part of the $100 million Golisano Children’s Hospital campaign. Launched publicly at last year’s black-tie gala, the campaign supports major enhancements to several pediatric programs. It is also part of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s $650 million campaign and the overall $1.2 billion goal of The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester.

To see photos from the gala, click here.


Values and Action

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am reminded of what matters most. Recently, I have found myself reflecting on our Community of Leaders more than ever. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, I have been in touch with many of our volunteers, alumni, and friends. Many have offered to help members of the University family who are in need and live in their areas. For this, I am profoundly grateful. It is a joy to see the bonds of our community holding strong during a time of great need.

The year following the public launch of our Campaign has been remarkably rewarding. I am thankful to have your partnership, your investment, and your dedication in our great shared endeavor. Together, we are making a real difference in the lives of all who are served and touched by the University. I think it is also important that we take time to appreciate those who came before us; those whose hard work and commitment put us in the position to enjoy this opportunity to live our motto of Meliora. We honor their memories by becoming the worthy ancestors of future generations.

Please take a moment to think about the Rochester people who have had a positive influence on your life and how you are making a difference in the lives of others. Although the imminent danger has passed, Superstorm Sandy continues to have an impact on the region. To those who are still being affected, you are always in our hearts and minds.


James D. Thompson
Senior Vice President
Chief Advancement Officer

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Wentworths Support
Mission of Education

Robin Wentworth P’11, P’16 and Timothy Wentworth P’11, P’16

University parents Robin Wentworth P’11, P’16 and Timothy Wentworth P’11, P’16 have made a $1 million gift to the Warner Graduate School of Education that will support the school’s long-term facility needs. In recognition of their generosity, the core space within the new Raymond F. LeChase Hall will be known as the Wentworth Atrium.

“Tim and Robin are wonderful examples of parents at the University who are helping lead the way for future generations of students,” said President Joel Seligman. “K–12 education is a critical aspect of American education, and with this new facility to support its programming, the Warner School of Education will be able to strengthen programs in Rochester and influence models and research of national consequence.”

The Wentworths have been engaged volunteers and generous supporters of the College since their first daughter came to the University. Two years ago, they established the Wentworth Family Endowed Scholarship for deserving community college transfer students, like they once were. The Wentworths graduated from Monroe Community College, and then went on to pursue educational and professional opportunities outside of Rochester. Their most recent gift to the Warner School of Education was made out of grateful appreciation to the University for its mission of education and research.

LeChase Hall is expected to be ready for classes in January 2013. The $24 million structure will enable the school to strengthen its existing programs and stay at the forefront of education. Wentworth Atrium will unify the top three floors.

“When we were designing this building and particularly the atrium, we were envisioning an open, vibrant space that serves as a hub for the Warner School community and opens us up to the larger campus and Rochester educational community,” said Raffaella Borasi, dean and Frederica Warner Professor at the Warner School of Education. “We are incredibly grateful to the Wentworths for sharing our vision for the potential of the building as a community resource.”

The Wentworths are dedicated participants in the University community serving as members of the Northern New Jersey Regional Cabinet, the University’s Parent Council, and co-chairs of the Executive Committee and the Parents Initiative for the University Campaign Cabinet. They are also members of the George Eastman Circle at the Member level.

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Kreipe Installed as the Inaugural
Dr. Elizabeth R. McAnarney Professor

From left: Roger Friedlander ’56, Elizabeth McAnarney ’70M (Flw), Richard Kreipe ’81M (Flw), and Carolyn Friedlander ’68 PNP

Founding director of the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Program at Golisano Children’s Hospital, Richard E. Kreipe ’81M (Flw) has dedicated his career to shining a light on the private and very serious issue of adolescent eating disorders. Early last month, Kreipe was installed as the inaugural Dr. Elizabeth R. McAnarney Professor in Pediatrics Funded by Roger and Carolyn Friedlander.

At the Country Club of Rochester, University trustees, leadership, friends, and family gathered to celebrate Kreipe’s exceptional work and to recognize the philanthropy of two pillars within the University and City of Rochester communities: Trustee Roger Friedlander ’56 and his wife, Carolyn Friedlander ’68 PNP.

“One would be hard pressed to find any acre of this great campus that has not been touched in some way by Roger and Carolyn,” said President Joel Seligman. “This professorship installation tonight highlights once again, the love and dedication they both have for the University of Rochester. All of us are deeply grateful to Roger and Carolyn for this very generous gift, which will support faculty of the highest order in this very important area.”

The Friedlanders are longtime supporters of the University and the Medical Center. In addition to being George Eastman Circle members at the Patron level, they have shown their dedication through endowed scholarships, capital improvements to Rush Rhees Library and the Eastman School of Music, and their participation in councils and boards across the University. With this particular gift they honored respected friend Elizabeth “Lissa” McAnarney ’70M (Flw), professor and chair emerita of pediatrics, for her lifetime of work benefitting children.  

“As pediatrician-in-chief at Golisano Children’s Hospital, Lissa played a key role in transforming the hospital into a leading pediatric care and research institution,” said Bradford C. Berk ’81M (MD), ’81M (PhD), University senior vice president for health sciences and CEO of the Medical Center. “Throughout her career, Lissa helped set a standard to which physicians aspire.”

Kreipe had the fortune of being McAnarney’s protégé and receiving invaluable guidance and counsel throughout his career. Thanks, in part, to her tutelage, Kreipe has gone on to become one of the most knowledgeable eating disorder specialists in the country. He has published numerous research studies, articles, book chapters, position papers, and reviews on the topic, and is a consultant to the American Psychiatric Association regarding diagnostic criteria for eating disorders in young people.

“It is our good fortune to have Rich at the University. His talents as a clinician, researcher, and administrator have made a significant impact for more than 30 years,” said Mark Taubman, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. “Those same attributes will allow him to expand his research endeavors and further improve the treatment and care of adolescents. He truly exemplifies ‘Medicine of the Highest Order.’”

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Bushinsky Installed as the Inaugural
John J. Kuiper Distinguished Professor

From left: Paul Levy ’86M (Res), David Bushinsky, M.D., Dean Mark Taubman, M.D., and John Kuiper ’65M (Res)

On October 24, David A. Bushinsky, M.D. was installed as the inaugural John J. Kuiper Distinguished Professor. Bushinsky, chief of nephrology at the Medical Center, is a nationally recognized expert in kidney disease whose cutting-edge research on bone mineral metabolism has helped advance the understanding and treatment of a broad range of renal disorders, including chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorder.

Held at the Witmer House in Rochester, the event commemorated the efforts of two nephrologists that will help move the Nephrology Department into a new tier of excellence. Guests celebrated Bushinsky’s outstanding service and accomplishments as both a faculty member and scholar. At the same time, John J. Kuiper ’65M (Res) was honored for his visionary philanthropic support that will have an enduring impact at the Medical Center for years to come.

President Joel Seligman expressed his gratitude for Kuiper’s generosity, which enabled the professorship to be established. “Dr. Kuiper is using this wonderful gift to help the Medical Center achieve its goal of ‘Medicine of the Highest Order’ in this critical area of practice,” said Seligman. “We are thankful to him for this, and are pleased to establish this professorship here today in his name.”

Kuiper’s gift is distinctive in that he is the first Internal Medicine resident who is not also a graduate of the School of Medicine and Dentistry to establish an endowed professorship. Kuiper completed his medical degree at Cornell Medical College in 1961 and came to Rochester for his residency. The establishment of the professorship was the product of a keen desire to help the University—of which he has vivid memories from his beginnings in medicine—attract and retain the very best researchers and educators within his own field.

Faculty support is one of the priorities of The Meliora Challenge: The Campaign for the University of Rochester, which seeks to create 80 new endowed professorships. In his remarks, School of Medicine and Dentistry Dean Mark Taubman, M.D. explained that professorships grant scientists the freedom to pursue research projects that hold the most potential for medical breakthroughs. “Thanks to the professorship funded by Dr. John Kuiper, David and his colleagues will have the freedom to push the envelope in nephrologic research,” said Taubman.

Through innovative research, Bushinsky has developed a strain of rats that exhibit the most common metabolic abnormality found in humans who form kidney stones. The discovery has allowed him to make fundamental advancements in their treatment and prevention. Bushinsky’s research has been consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health for three decades, and he has lectured on his work throughout the world. Bushinsky is also supporting the Campaign as a Charter member of the George Eastman Circle.

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Goettler Installed as the Inaugural
James N. Doyle, Sr. Professor

From left: Ron Goettler, Ph.D., Allie Doyle, James Doyle Sr., and James Doyle Jr.

Entrepreneurship is an integral part of the William E. Simon School of Business, and on November 1, the school commemorated its third professorship in the field with the installation of Ronald Goettler, Ph.D., as the James N. Doyle, Sr. Professor in Entrepreneurship. Goettler, associate professor of business administration at the Simon School, is an accomplished scholar who has done wide-ranging research, covering topics such as quantitative marketing, industrial organization, and finance.

Members of the Simon School and University communities gathered in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library to recognize Goettler as an outstanding faculty member and to honor James N. Doyle Jr. for his philanthropy and his father, James N. Doyle Sr., the man who inspired it. Goettler and the Doyles were joined by their respective families, making the event, in many ways, as much about family as it was about celebrating entrepreneurship at the Simon School.

“I can think of few greater privileges than participating in a ceremony where children have created an endowed professorship in their father’s name,” said President Joel Seligman. “The James N. Doyle, Sr. Professor in Entrepreneurship will be a permanent part of the University of Rochester and will bring outstanding faculty to the Simon School long into the future.”

Doyle Jr., executive director of ProVenture Ltd., established the professorship in his father’s name to honor his 15-year career with the Simon School as an executive professor of business administration. During his tenure, Doyle Sr., who lectured in areas that included marketing, general management, and entrepreneurship, oversaw the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Internship Program. The program matched second-year M.B.A. students with local start-ups, where they were involved in significant projects, working closely with CEOs and senior managers.

In recent years, Doyle Jr. has been active within the Simon School as a frequent lecturer in entrepreneurship classes. With the creation of this professorship he has helped the University continue to emphasize the importance and enhance the prominence of entrepreneurship as an academic field, as remarked upon by Duncan T. Moore ’71 (MS), ’74 (PhD), the Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor of Optical Engineering and vice provost of entrepreneurship. Overall, professorships bring prestige to the faculty positions they support. This function is critical to the University’s efforts to attract and retain the best and brightest in their fields, of which Goettler is a shining example.

“You always aspire for your faculty to be the best possible example to their colleagues, the outside world and, most importantly, to our students,” said Mark Zupan, dean of the Simon School, speaking on Goettler. “Ron is a true ‘keeper’ in this regard. He has already helped us with alumni advisory board meetings; he enjoys playing an active role in faculty meetings and interacting with students; and he has volunteered, without being asked, to help Simon philanthropically. Ron realizes that involvement on such dimensions is part of the fabric that helps build a great institution.”

Goettler has two master’s degrees and a doctorate, all in economics, from Yale University. His works have been published in various academic journals, including the Journal of Political Economy, the RAND Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Marketing Research.

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Wine Auction Benefits
Pediatric Surgery

On November 10, the 12th annual Toast to Your Health Fine Wine Auction was held at the Robert B. Wegman Conference Facility in Rochester. Hosted by Wegmans and featuring distinguished guests Sherwood I. Deutsch and Michael H. Misch, the black-tie gala raised funds to benefit the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Every year, guests' generosity supports crucial patient- and family-centered care and research initiatives at the Medical Center. This year, with the help of wine aficionados and supporters of the children's hospital and Medical Center, the sold-out auction of 400 attendees, chaired by Marc D. Tommasi ’86 of Manning and Napier, impressively raised more than $850,000 in net proceeds.

Since the division’s founding in the mid-1990s, Golisano’s pediatric surgeons have saved, and changed, the lives of thousands of children. During the event, a video featured two of these children, James Daniels and Hailey Coniber, as a reminder of the remarkable work performed every day by Golisano Children's Hospital’s surgeons. While the number of seriously ill children coming here for help is increasing, there is a critical shortage of pediatric surgeons nationwide.

Funds raised during the event will help ensure that Golisano Children’s Hospital can provide the highest quality and most innovative care for children and their families, promote excellence in the pediatric surgical field, and foster a vibrant and viable community of pediatric surgeons. 

“Thanks to our generous hosts, Danny and Stency Wegman, and our devoted sponsors and guests, particularly the John L. DiMarco Family and Earthlink Business, our pediatric surgeons will be able to help the most ill children not only in Rochester, but from across the Northeast,” said Bradford C. Berk ’81M (MD), ’81M (PhD), CEO of the Medical Center and senior vice president for health sciences.

Click here for a photo gallery of the 2012 Toast to Your Health Wine Auction.

Click here to view the video shown at the auction.

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