Last week, I was privileged to be part of a small ceremony dedicating a portion of the fourth floor laboratories in our Health Education Center to Lawrence F. Gosenfeld, DO. This expanded area will allow faculty from several WesternU colleges, including the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences, the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Optometry and the College of Dental Medicine to have additional space and contribute to research, training and education on topics ranging from neuroscience to stem cells.
I was particularly moved to be part of this event because Dr. Gosenfeld, who passed away in 2008, was not only a longtime supporter of WesternU, but also one of the first professors I hired at COMP, in the early 1980s.
Like so many of our friends and advocates, Dr. Gosenfeld believed deeply in the mission and philosophy of our University, and lived it in his practice as a psychiatrist, and in his lifelong quest to keep “giving back.” That commitment will be reflected nowhere better than at WesternU, since Dr. Gosenfeld’s gift extends beyond simply meeting a physical space need. It also help future generations of healers reach their goals.
Of the $2.25 million left to WesternU in his estate, $250,000 went to expand the lab. The remaining $2 million is for student scholarships, with the goal being to give these awards to students with the most need. WesternU already has awarded 11 scholarships to students – the first Gosenfeld Scholars – and will continue to do so each year.
It pleases me no end that our friend Larry Gosenfeld will be remembered years from now because of the tremendous research that will emerge from the laboratory space named in his memory. Perhaps even more enduring, however, are the countless lives he will forever touch through the hands of healers who benefited from his gift.
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My best to you all,