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From the Senior Vice President

Jim ThompsonDecember 31, 2009


“Setting an example is not the main means of
influencing another, it is the only means.”

—Albert Einstein

The holiday season provides an opportunity to reflect upon the things that are most important in our lives. At the top of the list are the family and friends who bring us joy and enrich our life’s journey. We are also privileged to work closely in our professional lives with many individuals who help to shape and build the institutions that we care about. At the University of Rochester, we are fortunate to have so many dedicated donors, volunteers, faculty, staff, and community leaders working together to make the University ever better.

This past fall featured several events that honored generous individuals who have made important contributions to the University’s progress. They are our exemplars and modern day heroes. They lead and inspire this generation to live “ever better.”

On October 9, we dedicated the Edmund A. Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in recognition of the generosity, leadership, and service of our University Board Chair Ed Hajim ’58. Ed’s $30 million gift commitment in 2008 was the largest single gift commitment in the University’s history. Through his leadership, Ed is showing us the way to move the University and our world forward.

George Eastman Circle LogoOn October 10, George Eastman’s statue was dedicated on the River Campus by the Charter Members of the George Eastman Circle. This enduring memorial was made possible thanks to the support of George Eastman Circle National Co-chair and University Trustee Larry Bloch ’75 and his wife Cindy . The statue honors Eastman for his philanthropy and dedicated vision that transformed the University of Rochester, our community, and the world. Eastman serves as an inspiration for the generations that will advance the University in the 21st century and beyond.

On November 10, we announced that the Eye Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center was renamed the David and Ilene Flaum Eye Institute. David and his family have been champions of the Eye Institute for many years. The Institute was renamed in recognition of their ongoing leadership, advocacy, and support.

On December 4, we dedicated the Ernest J. Del Monte Neuromedicine Institute at the Medical Center. A $10 million gift commitment from University Life Trustee Ernie Del Monte will help accelerate the quest for new treatments for neurological conditions. By advancing the frontiers of translational research, clinical care, and education, the Del Monte Institute will dramatically improve countless lives in the Rochester community and around the world.

On December 14, we dedicated the Adeline P. Lutz Pavilion at the David and Ilene Flaum Eye Institute at the Medical Center. Adeline Lutz credits the Eye Institute for saving her vision and wanted to ensure that future patients receive treatments of the highest quality. The Lutz Pavilion was named in honor of Adeline’s kindness and caring and in recognition of a $6 million gift commitment from her and her late husband Jack Lutz.

Rochester traditions of leadership and generosity are thriving. We are very fortunate that a new generation of leaders is emerging to take their place among the greats of history. They have strengthened the University through their generosity and support. They are moving us forward with their enthusiasm, energy, and ability to inspire others. We are hopeful that many others will follow their example.

I send you my very best wishes for a successful New Year.


James D. Thompson
Senior Vice President
Chief Advancement Officer


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