Community Service is a core value. This is obviously close to our hearts and we suspect to yours. We are aware of your own career-long example of commitment to serving others, such as your patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS) and the Cal Ripken Jr/Lou Gehrig endowment you once established at Johns Hopkins University. How best would you convey the importance of your personal commitment while leading the University of Redlands, in word and deed?
Great universities exist in great communities, whether the oldest in 11th Century Bologna, or the youngest in California. They are interdependent. From what I’ve learned so far, the city of Redlands and the University of Redlands grew up together.
I believe in giving back. I believe in the power of compounding our gifts in perpetuity for our communities and our universities. I left behind a multimillion dollar endowment for research on neuromuscular disease when I left Johns Hopkins. It was a partnership I brokered between the Baltimore Orioles, Major League Baseball, the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Family Foundation, and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Wherever Nancy and I have lived, we have engaged ourselves with our community and tried to leave it a better place. In Baltimore, I was a designer and founder of KIDSAKE, the first support and counseling group for young children of divorce and separation, which became so successful that the county courts used it as their sole preferred provider for a quarter century. I also founded the first support group in the mid-Atlantic region for families of persons with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a group still in existence 30 years later. I performed vocally with and supported philanthropically the finest arts group in the mid-Atlantic, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, not only recording and performing with such luminaries as Dave Brubeck and the Washington National Symphony, but supporting outreach to public schools. In Rochester, Nancy was an organizer of gala events for the Memorial Art Gallery and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a hospice nurse and volunteer in the community. I served on the board of a museum and again performed with a large community chorus, the Eastman Rochester Chorus. Redlands will be no different. It’s an historic village that has both urgent social needs and wonderful cultural opportunities. Let us know how we can help others make it an even better place, if we can.