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The Frank C. Bressler Society Holds First Annual Luncheon to Honor Members

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

 Dean Reece thanked Dr. George Peck, Class of '53, and his wife Catherine for their planned gift.

Supporters of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Medical Alumni Association gathered September 18, 2008 for the first annual Frank C. Bressler Society Luncheon, which was held in Westminster Hall. The Society is comprised of donors who have arranged planned gifts to the School of Medicine.


"The Society recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a special, long-term commitment to the School of Medicine," said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine. "It promotes the philanthropy that has helped the School of Medicine advance in medical discovery and educate thousands of physicians, allied health professionals and scientists."


The Society is named in honor of Frank C. Bressler, MD, who graduated from the School of Medicine in 1885. The Baltimore surgeon left a $1.2 million bequest to the school upon his death in 1935. This tremendous gift, which came during the dark days of the Great Depression, enabled the school to expand during a critical time. Today the Bressler Research Building houses numerous faculty laboratories, as well as the offices of the dean.

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 Dean Reece showed his appreciation to another member of the generous Class of 1953, Dr. Sylvan Frieman.

 Robert Barish, MD, Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs and a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, has designated his department as the recipient of his planned gift.

 Joseph McLaughlin, MD, a Class of '56 alum, is Chair of the Bressler Legacy Council.

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