Jack and Vickie Farber are longtime Jeffersonians and benefactors of the Farber Institute for Neurosciences at Jefferson in Philadelphia. Jack is a member of the Board of Trustees of Thomas Jefferson University (Chairman 1995-2000), Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and the Jefferson Health System.

The longstanding commitment of the Farbers personally, and through the Farber Family Foundation Inc., has enabled Jefferson to establish a neurosciences research institute. The Farber Institute for Neurosciences at Jefferson focuses its efforts on basic and clinical research in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and other neurodegenerative disorders. The institute’s researchers will continue to build on already-established Jefferson strengths in many of these fields, while establishing new and revitalized research programs in others. Jack Farber is Chairman of the Board of CSS Industries, Inc. and President of the Farber Family Foundation Inc. He also serves on the Board of Trustees or Directors of The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous Inc., the American Jewish Committee, the American Interfaith Institute and is Vice Chairman of The National Liberty Museum. Vickie has been an active member of the Women’s Board of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for many years. She is also a Board Member of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association, and a member of the Education Board of the National Liberty Museum. Vickie is Vice President of the Farber Family Foundation, Inc. and a member of the Board of Governors of the Farber Institute for Neurosciences.

Jack and Vickie reside in Philadelphia and have been happily married for 49 years. They have two children and four grandchildren. Despite all of the wonderful work Vickie and Jack do in and for the community, they maintain a low profile which is one of the many reasons why we are so pleased and honored that they have agreed to accept this award.