Friday, September 23, 2011
An investiture ceremony was held on September 22, 2011 to award Stephen Reich, MD, the Frederick Henry Prince Distinguished Professorship in Neurology. This professorship was established through a generous gift from Diana Prince and her husband Frederick through the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund, which honors Mr. Prince’s great-grandfather and namesake. Mr. Prince, who has Parkinson’s disease, is a patient of Dr. Reich. “Parkinson’s disease has the potential to quite literally steal one’s life away,” said Dr. Reich. “Mr. Prince has faced the disease with a combination of courage, optimism and determination. While it has restricted his body, it has not daunted his spirit.”
Dr. Reich could not be more grateful for the confidence the Princes have shown in him by establishing this professorship, but he was quick to point out that he will not be the only one to benefit from it. “It’s important to think of this not as a reward for a job well done, but as support for a job needing to be done,” said Dr. Reich. “All of us who are involved in Parkinson’s disease and related disorders are reminded daily of the deficiencies of our understanding of these disorders and the limitations of our therapies. It is only through the support of gifts such as this one from the Princes that we can make much-needed progress.”
Speakers at the ceremony included colleagues of Dr. Reich’s, both here at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; former patients such as NPR’s Diane Rehm, who credited Dr. Reich with saving her radio career; and Diana Prince, who shared her story of having a spouse with Parkinson’s and her hopes that this gift from her family will go a long way in helping the research Dr. Reich and others are doing in pursuit of a cure, or at least better treatment options.
This investiture ceremony continued the tradition of honoring faculty members who receive endowed professorships with a special medal to uniquely recognize their accomplishment. The front of the medal features the image of a founder and first dean, Dr. John Beale Davidge and the historic Davidge Hall. The back of the medal lists the four tenets of the School of Medicine's mission: education, research, patient care and service, as well as the official name of the endowed professorship.
For more information on establishing an endowed professorship in someone's honor please contact the Office of Development via their website or at (410) 706-8503.
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