A Philanthropist Who Made the World a Better Place “Pauline Foster was dedicated to making the world a better place,” says Kristiina Vuori, M.D., Ph.D., professor and president of Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP). “She took every opportunity to do that, through both financial givin and service.” Vuori holds the Pauline and Stanley Foster Presidential Chair, which was established in 2010 with Foster’s generous gift. Foster, who died in July, had supported our Institute for the last 10 years, serving as a trustee and governance committee member. Her contributions to SBP will continue to help us find new ways to prevent, diagnos , treat and potentially cure human disease. “Pauline believed strongly in our work,” says Perry Nisen, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of SBP. “She was an active, committed advisor, and she generously raised her paddle at our annual gala almost every year.” Foster was more than a philanthropist, though she did give widely to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, UC San Diego (especially the Jacobs Medical Center), the La Jolla Playhouse and the San Diego Central Library, among other institutions. She also served the community, volunteering and helping direct several organizations, including the United Way, United Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Foundation. This work earned her considerable recognition, including the United Way’s Alexis De Tocqueville Award. Perhaps the strongest evidence of Foster’s love of giving back is that she passed it on to her daughters, Karen Silberman and Marcia Hazan, who live in San Diego, and Lisa Foster, who lives in Washington D.C.
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