Longtime Jefferson Supporter Endows Prize, Lectureship in Pediatrics, Developmental Biology
The Harry Bock Charities, Inc., of Lafayette Hill, PA, recently donated $177,000, the balance of the Charities’ assets, to initiate The Myra, Harry and Fran Bock Prize and Lectureship in Pediatrics and Developmental Biology at Jefferson Medical College.
PHOTO: From left, are Dr. Brent; Robert A. Peterson, Jefferson’s Vice President for Development; Ed Goldsmith, formerly the President of the Bock Charities; Larry Ruttenberg, Treasurer and former President of the Bock Charities; Mr. Bock; and Emanuel Rubin, MD, Jefferson’s Gonzalo E. Aponte Professor of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Chairman of the Department. Robert Neroni Photography
“Friends, family and business associates of my father founded the Harry Bock Charities in 1958 to help crippled children. In the years since he passed away, our giving has evolved to aid Jefferson’s efforts to prevent birth defects,” said Hoagy Bock, who has served as president of the Charities.
“Giving the remainder of Charities’ assets to endow a fund at Jefferson in honor of my mother and in memory of my father and my sister Fran is a wonderful way to continue this special legacy.”
During the past 34 years, the Bock Charities and Bock family contributed an estimated $700,000 to the Harry Bock Laboratories, which originally were located on the Jefferson campus and now are at the duPont Hospital for Children (which is affiliated with the Jefferson Health System). Under the leadership of Robert L. Brent, MD, PhD, the Louis and Bess Stein Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics of Jefferson Medical College, the Bock Laboratories’ clinical and environmental teratology laboratories have focused on the environmental and genetic causes of birth defects. The newly created Bock Prize and Lectureship, which brings the Bock Charities’ generosity to Jefferson to nearly $1 million, will likewise address research in these areas.
“The Bock Prize and Lectureship will help us attract distinguished practitioners, specialists and researchers who will share their expertise in the study of genetics and teratology with the Jefferson community,” said Dr. Brent. “Such exchanges of information and ideas are vital to our mission and benefit our patients, and we are very grateful for the continuing generosity of the Bock family.”