Violet Pride in Full Bloom at the 2017 Alumni Reunion
There was a deep display of violet pride as 400 alumni, students, faculty, and friends came out strong to celebrate the 2017 Alumni Reunion and NYU School of Medicine’s 175-year legacy of excellence. The weekend gave alumni the opportunity to reconnect with each other, to reminisce about their days as students, and to learn how their fellow alumni are leaving a personal mark in research, education, and patient care. Attendees also had the chance to take a stroll on the ever-growing campus and meet current medical students.
“The work of alumni like you contributes to the larger story of medicine,” said Anthony J. Grieco, MD ’63, associate dean for alumni relations. Four alumni, who have had a significant hand in writing the medical profession’s most recent chapters, were honored with Alumni Achievement Awards. The winners included Michael A. Postow, MD ’07 (Julia Zelmanovich Young Alumni Award); Joyce Fingeroth, MD ’77 (Solomon A. Berson Award in Basic Science); Nicholas Restifo, MD ’87 (Solomon A. Berson Award in Clinical and Translational Science); and Alan Rubin, MD ’66 (Solomon A. Berson Award in Health Science, Medicine and the Arts).
Dr. Grieco shared his deep appreciation for everyone who contributed philanthropically at this event, and extended special thanks to the class chairs and committees of 1967, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012 for spearheading class gifts in support of scholarships. We are more than halfway toward our reunion goal of $375,000.
A video featuring alumni, faculty, and current students was played for guests, highlighting what makes an education from NYU School of Medicine so special.
“There’s a tremendous amount to be proud of because we’ve produced some of the finest physicians, surgeons, and scientists in the world.”
-Robert I. Grossman, MD, (Hon. '08), Saul J. Farber Dean and CEO of NYU Langone
Lori Fink, NYU Langone Trustee and chair of the Perlmutter Cancer Center Advisory Board, was also commemorated as an honorary alumna in recognition of her more than three decades of philanthropic leadership. “Lori’s intangible contributions to the Medical Center—her enthusiasm, her empathy, and so much more—are off the charts,” said Dr. Grossman. “The secret to her immense generosity of spirit is— to use one of her favorite words—passion. And for more than 30 years, she’s converted passion into action.”
The Alumni Reunion took place, April 28/29, on campus, with an evening ball at the Ritz-Carlton in Battery Park. Attendees are invited to share their feedback about the weekend by completing a survey.