of BSD and medical scholars funded
minds are better than one. That's the thinking behind a new set of biological-sciences
and medical faculty to be known as "Pritzker scholars" and recruited
with a $30 million gift by the Pritzker family of Chicago. The clusters of Pritzker
scholars, says biological-sciences dean James Madara, are to be "uniquely
synergistic and powerful groups" whose work will focus on promising areas
of research and treatment, from neurosciences to genetics to cancer biology.
known philanthropists whose business ventures include the Hyatt Hotel chain, the
Pritzkers announced the gift on June 5, the 100th anniversary of Pritzker and
Pritzker, the family law firm. "Our family has prospered in Chicago and has
always felt an obligation to give back to the community," says Thomas Pritzker,
JD'76, MBA'76, an executive-committee member of the University's board and also
a board member of the Pritzker Foundation, which is making the gift.
of the University's recently announced $2 billion fund-raising campaign, the Chicago
Initiative, the gift supports the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker
School of Medicine, named for the family in 1968. Pritzker gave two reasons for
the latest gift: "longstanding pride in the University's advancement of human
knowledge, especially in medical research and training many of the nation's leading
physicians and scientists," and "our sincere belief that with our support
and that of other like-minded people, the University will continue to be the best
place to invest in future discoveries."
gift is, says President Don M. Randel, propitious. "By providing this gift
now," he notes, "the Pritzkers will build on a long tradition of biomedical
research at the University, ensuring the benefits of that research for generations
Pritzker family's many links to the University include support for the Law School
as well as programs in South Asian studies and astronomy & astrophysics. Family
members serve on the Physical Sciences Division Visiting Committee, the Visiting
Committee for the School of Social Service Administration, the Visiting Committee
on the Visual Arts, and the Women's Board. Jay Pritzker, Thomas's father, was
a U of C life trustee at his 1999 death.