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REcent BEQUESTS ADVANCE RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP AT Temple University SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
April 25, 2014
Lucien L. Trigiano (MD, 1952) and Vera J. Goodfriend (BA, 1940). Images courtesy of Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
Vera J. Goodfriend, a 1940 graduate of Temple’s College of Education who passed away last year at 93, left a $6.9 million bequest to Temple University School of Medicine. This planned gift will transform the School’s potential to break new ground in the study of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, or geriatrics.
The longtime citizen of Washington, D.C., worked as a mathematician for the federal government. She loved sports and politics. She followed advancements in medicine as well, having been devastated by the loss of her father and brother to cancer and heart disease at young ages. Goodfriend lived frugally but was a savvy investor. The $6.9 million bequest, in fact, began as a modest inheritance she received in the 1960s.
During the past year, Temple Health has received bequests totaling more than $14 million. Goodfriend’s was the largest. Another generous gift—a charitable remainder unitrust slated for medical student scholarships--came from the estate of Lucien L. Trigiano, MD, a graduate of the Class of 1952 who passed away in March at the age of 88. A decade ago, the jovial, self-described “education bug” had made a generous donation in support of medical student scholarship at Temple — expressing the wish that recipients agree to help other students someday. This new gift establishes the Lucien L. Trigiano, MD, Scholarship Fund at the School of Medicine.
Trigiano went on to launch a spinal cord injury rehabilitation center, three rehabilitation departments at San Francisco hospitals, and a medical-legal consulting practice for brain and spinal cord injury cases. A licensed pilot, he flew all over the country to see clients and patients in his own plane. In 1997, an automobile accident nearly ended his life— but after a year of intensive rehabilitation (the field he knew best), he again bounced back. Just a few years later, he became an inaugural member of Temple University School of Medicine’s Board of Visitors.
“My years in medicine were a tremendous journey,” Trigiano said in 2001, when the School of Medicine honored him with its Alumni Service Award. “It was the people and the quality of education at Temple that carried me through all these years.”
Other planned gifts have recently come from dedicated alumni, patients, and friends wishing to provide for Temple Health’s future. Alumnus Alex P. Von Schlichten, MD ’61, endowed a scholarship fund at the School of Medicine through his bequest, also providing unrestricted operating funds through his IRA gift.
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