Statement by Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley on the Passing of Philanthropist Dr. Raymond Sackler

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Research!America celebrates the extraordinary life and unparalleled legacy of Dr. Raymond Sackler, gifted physician, international philanthropist and lifelong champion of scientific research. Dr. Sackler, a founding board member of Research!America, improved the health and quality of life of countless individuals through his practice of psychiatry, keen business insights, personal kindness, extraordinary generosity and determination to advance research. His legacy is a model for all those aspiring to serve the public good. The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Fund for the Arts and Sciences have sponsored research investigations at more than a dozen leading universities in the United States and abroad.

In establishing the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership at Research!America, he provided a unique platform for recognition of extraordinary scientists who have also excelled in advocacy for science. Thanks to Dr. Sackler and his family, scientists worldwide are deepening their understanding of complex diseases, achieving new heights in scientific discovery and saving lives. We salute his leadership and remarkable life journey. 

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