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Fine Trust makes $2 million gift to UR

Rochester Business Journal
August 18, 2014

A $2 million gift from the Robert H. Fine Trust will establish the third University of Rochester endowed chair in the Fine family’s name, UR Medical Center officials said Monday.

The holder of the newly established Julius, Helen and Robert Fine Professorship is to focus on Alzheimer’s disease. 

Previously established through separate donations were the Helen Aresty Fine and Irvine Fine Professorship in Neurology and the Paul H. Fine Professorship in Medicine. 

The Paul H. Fine Professorship was established in 2000 with a donation from the Chester and Dorris Carlson Charitable Trust in the name of Paul Fine M.D., clinical professor emeritus in the Department of Medicine.

“As the first member of my family to go to college, I have always thought fondly of my time at the University of Rochester,” said Fine, who earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from UR. 

Set up in 1995, the Helen Aresty Fine and Irvine Fine Professorship was established with a gift from Joseph Aresty in honor of his sister, Helen, and her husband. Helen Aresty Fine struggled with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurological condition commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“We are deeply grateful to the Fine Family for their decades of support for the Medical Center. This gift will serve as a lasting tribute and will further enable the groundbreaking work being done in neurology and neurosurgery,” UR president Joel Seligman said.
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