Congressman Chaka Fattah, left, stopped by campus recently to meet
with graduate students and faculty at a luncheon group discussion. Students discussed with
the Congressman their concerns about funding for student education particularly in the
science fields. Congressman Fattah briefly met with several faculty researchers as well.
He visited Jefferson to learn more about our needs to assist him with his work in
Washington, DC. Robert Neroni Photography
Emanuel A. Coronis Jr., Chairman and Founder of the
Scleroderma Research Foundation of Columbus, NJ, and his wife, Meg, presented Paul C.
Brucker, MD, President of Thomas Jefferson University, with a $35,000 check to benefit
TJUs research on this chronic, often fatal disorder. This generosity will help
advance the efforts of Jefferson researchers, led by Sergio A. Jimenez, MD, The Dorrance
H. Hamilton Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Division of Rheumatology,
Jefferson Medical College, to learn more about this debilitating disease that has no known
cause or cure. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Dr. Jimenez; Dr. Brucker;
John F. Domzalski, Chief of Staff for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health; Mrs.
Coronis; and Mr. Coronis. Mr. Coronis is also President of Coronis Building Systems, Inc.,
which produces pre-engineered steel TRUSSFRAMES® for industrial and commercial use. Robert
E. Donnall Thomas, MD, recipient of the 1990 Nobel Prize in Medicine, delivered the 35th Annual Martin E. Rehfuss Lecture, The First 50 Years of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and a Glimpse of the Future. Dr. Thomas is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and former head of the Division of Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, where he has served on the faculty since 1963. In introducing Dr. Thomas, Robert L. Capizzi, MD, Magee Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department, Jefferson Medical College (JMC), called him a pioneer in the field of bone marrow transplantation whose early research in uncharted waters led to demonstrations proving that marrow transplantation could indeed be life-saving. Every year since 1964 the Percival E. and Ethel Brown Foerderer Fund has sponsored the Rehfuss Lecture. Mr. Foerderer was a Jefferson trustee from 1928 until his death in 1968, and served as Board Chairman from 1950 to 1962. Mrs. Foerderer was President of the Womens Board from 1947 to 1952. Two of their granddaughters, Mrs. Shelley Ames Hartz and Mrs. Ethel F. Davis, attended this years lecture, with Mrs. Davis presenting the Rehfuss Medal to Dr. Thomas. From left are Dr. Capizzi; Mrs. Hartz; Dr. Thomas; and Mrs. Davis. Medical Media Photo