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company that invests in the biotech industry.
"I still enjoy science. I like being involved in new areas of research where on day one you don't necessarily know what the application is, but you just have a feel that this is an area that's worth spending some money and time on," says Gillis. "ARCH believes in basic science, and that from good basic science, breakthrough science, come breakthrough products. There are no shortcuts."
Reflecting on his gift, Gillis says, "I've always had a fondness for Dartmouth and for the freedom and support that I was given during my time there to follow my nose and let the results take me wherever they may. I view it as a privilege that Anne and I are in a position to give something back to the greater Dartmouth community in honor of Ross. . . . Loyalty is important in life, and Ross has been loyal to Dartmouth, and that's worth celebrating."
Helping kids fight cancer
The Scott M. and Lisa G. Stuart Professorship in Pediatric Oncology will further strengthen the resources available to children with cancer and their families at NCCC and the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth. "By enabling us to recruit a leading physicianscientist who will advance our research and teaching as well as the care of these vulnerable patients, this gift will be instrumental in the growth and development of our pediatric cancer program," says Israel. "The impact of this gift cannot be overstated."
This gift is not the Stuarts' first in support of children with cancer. When hurricane Katrina hit Scott Stuart's hometown of New Orleans in 2005, the Stuarts established a fund to ensure that young cancer patients evacuated to Houston continued to receive essential treatments. "Kids with cancer were showing up at Baylor without medical records, without insurance documents, without parents, but needing treatment immediately. It was grim," says Scott Stuart, who with Lisa and their four children now live in Greenwich, Conn." We raised close to a million dollars and sent it straight to Houston."
The Stuarts made their commitment to endow a chair in pediatric oncology in honor of Scott Stuart's 25th Dartmouth College Class of 1981 reunion. But Lisa Stuart, a UC Berkeley graduate who now jokes about having been rejected by Dartmouth,made sure they designated their reunion gift to "something that speaks to my heart. . . . Kids fighting cancer," she explains,"are working so hard and enduring brutal treatments.They deserve all the supports possible."
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Kate Villars is assistant director of development communications for DMS-DHMC.
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