Office of Institutional Advancement

Past Award of Merit Honorees

The Award of Merit is the highest civic honor that Jefferson bestows. It recognizes and celebrates transformational contributions to healthcare, health education and discovery through leadership, innovation and philanthropy.

Established in 2003, the Award of Merit highlights the power of philanthropy to change medicine and to inspire others to support our mission. Previous recipients represent our most transformational supporters and some of Philadelphia’s, and the nation’s most generous philanthropists.

2018: Doug Pederson

Doug Pederson

Doug Pederson was named head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles on January 18, 2016, following a three-year run as the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013-15.

In just his second season as an NFL head coach, Pederson led the Eagles to a 13-3 regular-season record, an NFC East title, the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs and the first Super Bowl title in franchise history with a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

As a first-year head coach with the Eagles in 2016, Pederson helped develop rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, the No. 2-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and prepared the first-year signal caller to start the regular-season opener vs. the Cleveland Browns.

Under Pederson’s direction, Wentz went on to set a team and all-time NFL rookie record with 379 completions, while posting franchise rookie records in pass attempts (607), passing yards (3,782), passing touchdowns (16) and completion percentage (62.4%). Wentz also produced the 4th-most passing yards (3,782) in single-season team history and NFL rookie history. Wentz started all 16 games in his rookie season, becoming the first Eagles quarterback to start all 16 regular-season games since Donovan McNabb in 2008.

Prior to arriving in Philadelphia, Pederson served as the offensive coordinator in Kansas City from 2013-15 and helped guide the Chiefs to a 31-17 regular-season record.

During his time in Kansas City, the Chiefs excelled at protecting the football and committed the third-fewest turnovers (50) in the NFL from 2013-15. Over that span, Kansas City’s +29 turnover differential ranked third in the league.

In 2015, Pederson helped the Chiefs rebound from a 1-5 start to win a franchise-record 11 consecutive games, including Kansas City’s first playoff victory in 22 years. During the Chiefs’ regular-season winning streak, which began in Week 7, the club ranked tied for first in the NFL in rushing touchdowns (14), fourth in rushing yards per game (143.8) and tied for fifth in points per game (27.8). Limited turnovers helped propel the team’s run, as the Chiefs committed just seven turnovers (four INTs, three fumbles) after Week 6 and finished the 2015 regular season with the second-fewest turnovers in the league (15).

Kansas City acquired QB Alex Smith via trade in 2013 and the 10-year veteran experienced the most productive stretch of his career under Pederson’s tutelage: a three-year span during which he set a Chiefs record for wins by a starting quarterback in his first three years as a starter (30). During his three years in Pederson’s offense, Smith notched three consecutive 3,000-yard seasons, threw the second-fewest interceptions among quarterbacks with at least 1,000 attempts (20) and ranked fourth among all quarterbacks with 1,183 rushing yards. Smith’s 20 interceptions from 2013-15 marked the lowest three-season total of his career in years that he played more than 10 games.

Before joining Kansas City, Pederson served as the quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia from 2011-12. In his first season as the Eagles quarterbacks coach, Pederson helped QB Michael Vick become the second quarterback in NFL history to top the 3,000-yard passing and 500-yard rushing plateaus in consecutive seasons. That year, under Pederson’s direction, Vick set career highs in completions (253) and passing yards (3,303) while throwing the third-most touchdowns of his career (18). Vick’s yards through the air, combined with his 589 rushing yards, helped Philadelphia’s offense record a then-franchise-record 6,386 net yards (now the second-highest total) and notch a team-record 356 first downs. Additionally, the 2011 Eagles offense ranked second in the league in plays of 10-plus yards (258) and tied for second in plays of 20-plus yards (84).

Pederson began his pro coaching career as an offensive quality control coach with the Eagles in 2009 and served in that capacity through the 2010 season. In his two seasons in that role, the Eagles combined for 868 points and set single-season franchise scoring records in back-to-back years (429 in 2009 and 439 in 2010).

In 2010, Pederson assisted an Eagles offense that recorded a then-franchise-record 6,230 net yards (now fourth), which ranked second in the NFL that season, and a then-franchise-record 439 points, which ranked third in the league. The 2010 Eagles ranked tied for first in plays of 20-plus yards (80) and quick-strike touchdown drives (11), and finished second in scoring outside of the red zone (139 points).

During Pederson’s first season as an NFL coach (2009), the Eagles offense recorded the fifth-most passing yards in team history (4,089), which at the time ranked second in club annals.

A 12-year NFL veteran, Pederson played quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns after originally being drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 1995 expansion draft. Pederson was coached by three of the most successful coaches in NFL history: Don Shula, Mike Holmgren and Andy Reid. Additionally, Pederson played alongside Pro Bowl quarterbacks Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Donovan McNabb and Jim McMahon.

Pederson served as a backup quarterback for Green Bay from 1995-98 and 2001-04, and was part of Packer teams that won Super Bowl XXXI, two NFC Championships (1996 and 1997) and six division titles. Pederson made eight starts for the Browns in 2000 and logged 1,047 yards and two touchdowns on 117 completions. In 1999, Pederson made nine starts for the Eagles, completing 119 passes for 1,276 yards and seven touchdowns.

In a 1993 contest against the Eagles, Pederson was pressed into duty when Dolphins starter Scott Mitchell left the game with a shoulder injury. In the second half, he helped guide Miami to a 19-14 win that marked Don Shula’s 325th career victory.

Pederson attended Northeast Louisiana (now Louisiana Monroe) where he was a three-year starter at quarterback. He finished his college career with 6,445 yards and 33 touchdowns on 571-of-1,032 passing. As a senior, Pederson led the Southland Conference in passing when he completed 205 of 367 passes for 2,282 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 1989, he set a school record with 619 passing yards against Stephen F. Austin. Pederson graduated from Northeast Louisiana with a B.B.A. in business management.

The Bellingham, WA, native (born January 31, 1968) earned three letters each in football, baseball and basketball at Ferndale (WA) H.S., where he was an all-league selection at quarterback, safety and kicker and finished his high school career with 1,880 yards and 19 TDs on 106-of-250 passing.

Pederson and his wife, Jeannie, have three sons: Drew, Josh and Joel. Jeannie played basketball at Louisiana College.

2017: Alex Gorsky

Alex Gorsky

Alex Gorsky is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson. Alex is the seventh person to serve as Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson since it became a publicly traded company in 1944.

Alex began his Johnson & Johnson career as a sales representative with Janssen Pharmaceutica in 1988. Over the next 15 years, he advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in sales, marketing, and management. 

In 2001, Alex was appointed President of Janssen, and in 2003, he was named Company Group Chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceuticals business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Alex left Johnson & Johnson in 2004 to join the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, where he served as head of the company’s pharmaceuticals business in North America. He returned to Johnson & Johnson in 2008 as Company Group Chairman for Ethicon, Inc. In September 2009, he was appointed Worldwide Chairman of the Medical Devices segment. In January of 2011, he was named Vice Chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s Executive Committee. Alex became Chief Executive Officer on April 26, 2012 and Chairman of the Board on December 28, 2013.

A longtime advocate of diversity and inclusion, Alex has been named one of the “100 Most Inspiring Leaders” by Pharma Voice. He is the Executive Sponsor of two Johnson & Johnson employee resource groups, the Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Veteran’s Leadership Council. Alex is also a member of the Business Council and the Business Roundtable.

Alex is a member of the Board of Directors of IBM, the Congressional Medal of Honor Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors of the National Academy Foundation. He was recently given the Joseph Wharton Leadership Award and the CADCA Humanitarian of the Year Award, as well as an Honorary Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson University. 

Alex holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and spent six years in the U.S. Army, finishing his military career with the rank of Captain. Alex earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.

2016: Bill McDermott

Bill McDermott

Bill McDermott is the CEO of SAP, the world’s business software market leader. He leads the company’s more than 78,000 employees and 2+ million‐person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision to help the world run better and improve people’s lives.

Under Bill’s leadership, in 2014 SAP unveiled a strategy to help businesses of all sizes Run Simple in the digital economy.

With the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, business applications and business networks, SAP serves approximately 310,000 customers in 190 countries. With 110 million users, SAP is the largest enterprise cloud company in the world with business networks that transact nearly $1 trillion in commerce annually.

Since 2010, Bill’s innovation‐led strategy has resulted in expansive increases in customers, total revenue, market value, and profitable growth. The SAP transformation is one of many authentic stories told in Bill’s national best‐selling book, Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office. The book is now in its 10th printing and was awarded the gold medal for business memoir of the year in 2014. It has been published in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and China.

Bill serves on the boards of directors for performance apparel maker Under Armour and engineering software maker ANSYS, Inc. He has received numerous awards for his civic leadership, including City Year’s Idealist of the Year, the We Are Family Foundation’s Visionary Award and the Children’s Aid Society’s Promise Award.

2015: Bernie & Billi Marcus


Bernie and Billi Marcus have made a lasting impact as philanthropists and public servants. Mr. Marcus is co-founder of The Home Depot, Inc., the world’s largest home improvement retailer. Since his retirement as chairman in 2002, he has redirected his entrepreneurial spirit toward a variety of charitable endeavors.


Bernie and Billi Marcus channel their generosity through The Marcus Foundation, which focuses on children, medical research, free enterprise, Israel and Jewish causes and the community. Strong believers in contributing to the health of the world around them, the trustees of The Marcus Foundation recently awarded Jefferson a $14 million grant to establish the Brind- Marcus Center of Integrative Medicine, the first satellite location of the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Jefferson. The 14,000-square-foot facility will make groundbreaking integrative health programs and services available to patients who have never had such access before.

2014: Sidney Kimmel


Sidney Kimmel was born and raised in Philadelphia, and the philanthropic footprint he has created here evidences an unparalleled devotion to his hometown. From his very humble roots, first in South then West Philadelphia, Mr. Kimmel went on to found the Jones Apparel Group, developing it into a New York Stock Exchange company and one of the world’s leading designers and marketers of branded apparel, footwear and accessories.

Sidney Kimmel's first job in the garment industry was as an inventory clerk and later a traveling salesman for a women’s-wear manufacturer. He joined the iconic clothing company Villager, rising through the ranks to become its president and CEO. In 1970, Mr. Kimmel established his own clothing line, Jones New York, targeting young career women and, during the 70s and 80s, became one of the major players in the women’s apparel industry. Jones went public in 1991, adding many notable brands to its line, including Anne Klein, Nine West, Gloria Vanderbilt and Stuart Weitzman, among others; Jones also owned Barneys New York. In April, 2014, The Jones Group was sold for $2.2 billion.

As early as 2002, Business Week recognized that Mr. Kimmel was among a very small group of the nation’s wealthiest who had already given more than half of his fortune to philanthropic works and had committed to giving the balance of his estate to further those efforts. In 2010, he readily signed the Giving Pledge, the Warren Buffett and Bill Gates initiative encouraging America’s billionaires to contribute half of their wealth to charitable endeavors.

Of the $850 million-plus that Mr. Kimmel has given away, more than $550 million has gone to cancer research. He established the Kimmel Scholars Program, which funds young, innovative cancer scientists with their earliest grants to stimulate their research and advance their careers. With 250 award recipients to date, the Program has launched the next generation of the nation’s leading cancer researchers. Major gifts also subsidized cancer research and care at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, the Sidney Kimmel Center for Prostate and Urologic Cancers at Memorial Sloan Kettering, research programs championed by the Stand Up To Cancer effort, and much more. Mr. Kimmel has been a generous benefactor to Jefferson, providing major funding to establish the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center as well as meaningful gifts for research into the prevention of cardiovascular disease. His most recent gift—the largest in Jefferson’s history—to name the Sidney Kimmel Medical College demonstrates Mr. Kimmel’s recognition of Jefferson’s 190-year tradition of medical excellence and his confidence in Jefferson’s path-breaking leadership in the future of health care.

Mr. Kimmel has also made substantial gifts to organizations promoting the arts, education, health sciences and Jewish continuity. In Philadelphia, his philanthropic leadership established the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and he provided endowment gifts to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School. The Kimmel Theater in the National Constitution Center is named in his honor, and he is also lead donor to the National Museum of American Jewish History.

Mr. Kimmel and his wife, Caroline, reside in California and New York.

2013: Jane & Leonard Korman


The Jane and Leonard Korman family has long supported the efforts of Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals. Leonard Korman has been a Thomas Jefferson University trustee since 1998. He is chairman and chief executive officer of the Trevose, Pennsylvania-based real estate development and management company, Korman Commercial Properties, Inc., and a partner in the Korman Company.


Leonard Korman has been engaged in all aspects of real estate management and development as owner and senior executive his entire career. In addition, over the years, Leonard has served on the boards of many healthcare, financial and other community organizations throughout the region, including Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Jane Korman has been a patron of the arts community for many years. Currently she is a trustee of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, a trustee of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and a trustee of the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida. Jane is a member of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, a member of the Modern and Contemporary Art Committee and the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 1977 she founded the Sign of the Swan Craft Gallery in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania and the Swan Gallery in Philadelphia. In 2011 she published a book about entertaining with contemporary crafts and proceeds from the sale of the book were directed to the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division of Medicine at Jefferson Hospital.

Together, Jane and Leonard have been dedicated to creating and supporting numerous initiatives and programs in the cultural and healthcare fields. A recent gift established the Jefferson – Jane and Leonard Korman Lung Center. The partnership, supported by the Jane and Leonard Korman Family Foundation, will allow Jefferson to better understand lung disease through innovative research and expanded clinical programs.

The Kormans dedicate themselves to multiple areas in their lives. They are committed to one another, their family, and the various initiatives where

2012: Robert V. Nicoletti


Robert Nicoletti said that Jefferson gave him “a new lease on life.” And to show his appreciation, Mr. Nicoletti has, along with his family, gone above and beyond to provide unparalleled support to the Jefferson community. In 2006, Mr. Nicoletti learned that he needed a kidney transplant. A number of relatives volunteered to serve as donors, but only one was compatible: his daughter, Lori Peruto, Esq.


The surgery was successful, and both Mr. Nicoletti and Lori quickly regained their strength and returned to their normal lifestyle in a few weeks. That simple “yes” to a life-saving kidney gave Mr. Nicoletti—who passed away in February 2016 at 85 years-old—another 10 loving years with his children and grandchildren. Mr. Nicoletti and Mrs. Peruto attribute their seamless recoveries to physicians and staff in Jefferson’s Division of Transplantation and especially to their surgeons, Cataldo Doria, MD, PhD, and Adam Frank, MD. Mr. Nicoletti and Beatrice Nicoletti expressed their gratitude to Jefferson by establishing the Nicoletti Family Professorship in Transplant Surgery, now held by Dr. Doria, the division director. The honor not only celebrates Dr. Doria’s accomplishments but helps to stabilize his department’s academic programs. Endowed professorships are a critical resource to recruit and retain distinguished faculty and provide distinct esteem for the faculty who hold them, and the Nicoletti family provided an invaluable gift to Jefferson by initiating this fund. But their generosity did not end there. Sadly, Mr. Nicoletti’s beloved wife, Beatrice, passed away in 2009, and her family honored her by establishing another endowed professorship and giving it her name. The Beatrice F. Nicoletti Professorship in Nephrology recognizes the work of another faculty member who treated Mr. Nicoletti during his illness: James F. Burke Jr., MD. Dr. Burke, the former director of the Division of Nephrology, spent his entire 40-year career at Jefferson before retiring in June 2011. Everyone at Jefferson is grateful for Mr. Nicoletti and his family’s extraordinary dedication and philanthropy. Thanks to their generosity, we are able to acknowledge the achievements of two stellar physicians while also ensuring the long-term growth and success of the nephrology and transplantation surgery programs at Jefferson.

2011: Ira M. Lubert


A University trustee since 2005, Mr. Lubert is a driving force behind the growth and success of Jefferson’s advanced heart failure research program. His ongoing support of the Division of Cardiology faculty’s work to improve treatment for patients with congestive heart failure has enabled significant advances in the field.


Through his profound generosity, Ira Lubert has shaped the Jefferson community in ways you can’t see – and in ways you can.

Evidence of the magnitude of Mr. Lubert’s behind-the-scenes support lies directly at the center of Jefferson’s campus, the site of a plaza he named in honor of his parents. The Sidney and Ethal Lubert Plaza offers students, faculty and staff a safe, welcoming and comfortable green space where they can gather to study, socialize and relax.

A native of Newton, a suburban town in northern New Jersey, Mr. Lubert is a formidable businessman with more than 30 years of experience in the real estate and private equity sectors. Mr. Lubert is co-founder of Independence Capital Partners, a family of eight private equity and real estate funds with more than $12 billion under management, including Lubert-Adler Real Estate Partners. His interest in property developed when he was a student at Penn State – where he noticed a shortage of housing on campus and began buying mobile homes, fixing them up and renting or selling them to his peers – and hasn’t waned since.

Nearly 40 years after graduating from Penn State, Mr. Lubert maintains close ties with his alma mater. He sits on the board of trustees and has contributed to a variety of programs and projects that have benefited students at the main campus, Penn State Great Valley and Penn State Abington. Among his gifts is an endowed wrestling coach position; he attended Penn State on a wrestling scholarship and was a champion heavy-weight wrestler, and his enthusiasm for the sport at the college level endures today.

Mr. Lubert’s philanthropy extends beyond Penn State and Jefferson; he also has served on the board of notable organizations such as the Wistar Institute, the Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Red Cross and Prince Music Theater and is a past chairman of the United Way Campaign of Philadelphia.

2010: Dr. Herbert Kean & Hon. Joyce Kean


A new hospital, a new routine, a new specialty: Herbert Kean, MD, started his residency at Jefferson feeling slightly out of sync. But the kindness of those around him made an impression. By the end of the first year, Herb thought to himself, “I have found my home; I have found my place.



The Herbert Kean, MD, Chair in Otolaryngology, now held by the department chair, William Keane, MD, was created in 2001, the year they married. The Herbert Kean, MD, Otolaryngology Residency Education and Research Fund followed as did support for the new Herbert Kean, MD, Otolaryngology Facial Plastics and Reconstruction Center, which made Jefferson one of the few academic medical centers in the country with a center devoted solely to plastic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck.

A Philadelphia native and Phillies fanatic, Herb received his medical degree from Hahnemann University and started his long affiliation with Jefferson a year later in 1957 as a resident in otolaryngology. He specialized in rhinoplasty and spent countless hours perfecting his technique; with pride he notes Philadelphia Magazine named him the area’s “top nose-job doc” for a decade.

Shortly after starting his residency, Herb married his first wife and the mother of their children, Jeannette, who died 30 years later from breast cancer at the age of 50.

Herb served as a volunteer faculty member at Jefferson for most of his career, eventually earning the title clinical professor. He retired from Jefferson and his practice in 1999 after a broken neck robbed him of the fine motor control he needed for surgery.

Joyce graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Temple University and spent three years teaching in the Philadelphia school system. After having two children, Joyce returned to Temple for a law degree to better serve social justice causes she supported. She was in private practice for two decades and also served as a mediator specializing in custody and divorce. She won election to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 1997, where she served as a trial judge until retiring in 2006. The Keans now call Key Biscayne, Fla., home, but they spend one week out of four at their new apartment in Center City, seeing old friends, patronizing the arts and fulfilling their commitments to the community.

Joyce serves as a vice president on the board of the Pennsylvania Ballet and Herb serves on the board at Wistar Institute, two organizations that also have benefited from the Keans’ generosity. Herb also serves on the boards of the Alliance Francaise and the National Liberty Museum, where he is treasurer. He remains active as chairman on the Public Health Committee of the Philadelphia County Medical Society.

The Keans travel extensively, stopping in Paris several times a year to stay in their apartment near the Musee du Louvre.

Above all, the Keans are doting grandparents to six. Joyce’s daughter, Nancy, has two young sons; and Herb’s son, Jon, has a daughter and a son; all live in Los Angeles, where Joyce’s son, Jon, also lives. Herb’s daughter, Marjorie, who lives in Chicago, has two young sons.

2009: Marie & Joseph Field


It was in gratitude for such care, and particularly for Dr. Robert Rosenwasser’s leading role, that the Fields endowed the Joseph and Marie Field Laboratory for Cerebrovascular Research in hopes of contributing to medical breakthroughs of the future, and they are thrilled that under Dr. Rosenwasser’s direction the Laboratory has made giant strides forward in pursuit of a cure for strokes.


Marie and Joseph Field are deeply honored to receive Jefferson’s Award of Merit and are keenly aware that they have been the beneficiaries of extraordinary life saving care provided by Jefferson.

While Marie and Joe share a passion for music and literature they are also committed to humanitarian projects. They are founding benefactors of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research at the University of Pennsylvania, dedicated to helping better the lives of abused and neglected children by making systemic changes in the administration of child welfare. They have also established an Emergency Relief Fund at the International Rescue Committee to assist that organization in achieving rapid response to humanitarian crises.

Joe, a native Philadelphian, is a graduate of Central High School, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale Law School. He is chairman and founder of Entercom Communications Corp. His current and recent board memberships include the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, Curtis Institute of Music, Mary Louise Curtis Bok Foundation, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Settlement Music School, National Association of Broadcasters, Broadcasters Foundation of America, National Liberty Museum, American Interfaith Institute and the Board of Advisers of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research. Joe continues to pursue his love of music and the violin, playing chamber music and performing in an amateur capacity as a soloist with members of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Marie, a retired teacher, grew up in New York City and is a graduate of Barnard College. She has served on the boards of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Project Forward Leap and Singing City and is presently a member of the Board of Overseers of Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice, the Board of Advisors of the Field Center at Penn, and the Board of Directors of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, where she is serving as chairperson for the Library’s One Book, One Philadelphia project for the seventh consecutive year.

The Fields are recipients of honorary awards from the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, the Philadelphia Art Alliance and the Field Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and Joe has been honored with a Pioneers Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America and a Doctor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music.

Joe and Marie appreciate the many opportunities they have had to serve their community, and strive to “make a difference” where they can, but their greatest personal pleasure and satisfaction comes from their family, which is paramount in their lives and consists of two children, now four by marriage, David and Jaimie and Nancy and Michael, and six grandchildren, Samantha, Drew, Will, Lily, Jon and Emma.

2008: Christina Weiss Lurie & Jeffrey Lurie


Christina Weiss Lurie and Jeffrey Lurie have shaped the Philadelphia Eagles into one of the most competitive organizations in professional sports on and off the field. Under the Luries’ ownership, the Eagles have a greater overall winning percentage, appeared in more playoff games, and won more than any other ownership group in team history.


Describing their philosophy of ownership as a “partnership between the city, the fans and the team,” one of the Luries’ primary objectives when purchasing the team was the formation of Eagles Youth Partnership, the team’s non-profit, charitable wing. Since its inception in 1995, EYP has developed into one of the most innovative and dynamic non-profit organizations in Philadelphia. The charity improves the health and education of over 50,000 youth in the Greater Philadelphia region annually. In addition to EYP, Christina Lurie developed GO GREEN, a ground-breaking initiative to better the environment by creating and sustaining programs that improve the quality of life in the Philadelphia region, green the environment and reduce the team’s impact on the planet. And, finally, the Luries created the Tackling Breast Cancer campaign to raise funds for Jefferson’s Breast Care Center and to promote women’s health awareness.

When not concentrating efforts on their football team, Jeffrey works diligently with the NFL and serves as chairman of the Los Angeles Stadium Working Group Committee, in addition to sitting on the NFL’s Finance Committee, Broadcast Committee, International Committee, and the Super Bowl Advisory Committee. In 1996, Lurie was the recipient of the Torch of Liberty Award conferred by the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia and a year later was honored by Philadelphia’s Operation Understanding, an acclaimed group that fosters interracial harmony among future leaders of the African-American and Jewish communities. In addition, Lurie is a director of the Autism Research Foundation and the NLM Family Foundation. NLM co-funded a short documentary film entitled, Autism Is A World, that received a nomination for a 2005 Academy Award. He earned a B.A. from Clark University, a master’s degree in psychology from Boston University and a Ph.D in social policies from Brandeis University.

Christina Weiss Lurie is an independent film producer involved in a diverse range of projects including feature films and political documentaries. She holds degrees in theatre and history of architecture from Yale University. Christina was instrumental in the creation and design of Lincoln Financial Field, the club’s state-of-the-art stadium and the NovaCare Complex, the club’s corporate headquarters and training facility. Christina serves on the boards of The Curtis Institute of Music, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation and the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation.

2007: Lynne & Harold Honickman


A self-made success, Harold A. Honickman is passionate about his business, his industry, and the brands he sells. He began his career in 1957 with the purchase of a 300,000-case Pepsi plant in Pennsauken, New Jersey. Over the next 40 years, he earned his reputation purchasing unprofitable bottling companies and transforming them into profitable operations.


Harold Honickman is a trustee of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, a member of Duke University’s Library Board, and the Philadelphia’s Children First Fund, as well as vice chair of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Serving on Project H.O.M.E.’s Investment Committee, Harold and his wife of 53 years, Lynne, collaborated with the nonprofit organization to build a 38,000-squarefoot learning center in North Central Philadelphia.

Lynne Korman Honickman balances being a supportive spouse, mother, and grandmother with championing several community programs and organizations. Formally trained as a writer and an artist, Lynne is now an activist for the arts and pressing social issues. Her core values, passions, and interests derive from her Jewish heritage – a legacy that embraces family, hard work, and civic responsibility.

Lynne was president, a contributing editor, and a trustee of the international not-for-profit publishing house, the Aperture Foundation. She is a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The American Poetry Review, and Project H.O.M.E. Lynne serves on the Mayor’s Council for the Homeless and was a co-chair with Naomi Post Street of The Philadelphia Children’s Commission. She has also created two national prizes for books on poetry and photography: the annual APR/Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry in collaboration with The American Poetry Review; and the biennial CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, which was created in partnership with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Lynne is founder and president of The Honickman Foundation, which supports projects that promote the arts, education, health, and the community. It is here that she now devotes her time, energy, and resources.

Lynne and Harold’s two children are now four by marriage: Marjorie and Jeffrey Honickman and Shirley and Richard Hahn. They have four grandchildren: Sara and Mauri Honickman and Julia and Henry Hahn whom they adore.

2006: James W. Stratton


James W. Stratton has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Thomas Jefferson University since 1970. Invited by then-President William Bodine, Jr., Mr. Stratton at the age of 34 was the youngest term trustee to be elected in over a century at Jefferson. He chaired the Board from 1990-1995, and in December 2005, he earned emeritus trustee status.


Both personally and through the Stratton Foundation, Mr. Stratton has supported many of Jefferson’s philanthropic initiatives, including most recently the Dorrance H. Hamilton Building, the Farber Institute for Neurosciences, and the Jefferson Breast Care Center. He has also established a scholarship in honor of his friend and colleague, President Emeritus of Thomas Jefferson University, Paul C. Brucker, MD. The scholarship benefits Jefferson Medical College students enrolled in the MS-MD program with Pennsylvania State University.

A graduate of Penn State, Mr. Stratton received his B.S. in Geophysics, and later earned an MBA with high distinction, as a Baker Scholar, from the Harvard Business School. In 1960, he joined the Philadelphia-based investment-counseling firm, Cooke and Bieler, where he subsequently became Vice President, Director, and shareholder. In 1965, he joined Drexel & Co. in the Investment Advisory Department where he had direct responsibility for the management of the firm’s investment advisory operations. In 1970, he was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of Drexel Firestone, Inc. In 1972, he founded Stratton Management Company and Stratton Multi-Cap Fund. He is Chairman of Stratton Holding Company and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Funds. He has served on the Board of Directors of numerous companies including AVC, Budd Company, Quaker Chemical, Teleflex, SEI Corp., Alco Standard, Gilbert Associates and Unisource.

In 1988, Mr. Stratton and his wife Arlene established the Stratton Foundation to assist educational and environmental endeavors in Pennsylvania, as well as to support programs which protect natural resources. The Stratton Foundation has provided grants to healthcare initiatives as well.

Jim and Arlene Stratton have been happily married for 48 years.

2005: Dorrance H. Hamilton


Dorrance H. Hamilton is a longtime Jefferson University Trustee. Among her remarkable achievements, “Dodo” chaired the successful Jefferson 2000 Fund Capital Campaign, a comprehensive fundraising effort on behalf of the university and hospital which exceeded its $200 million goal benefiting countless patients.


A member of the university’s Board of Trustees since 1972 and a member of the hospital’s Women’s Board since 1957, Dodo Hamilton has generously supported a wide variety of programs and has earned a reputation for exceptional philanthropic leadership and service to Jefferson.

Most recently, a landmark gift of $25 million from Dodo Hamilton will allow Thomas Jefferson University to literally transform its campus with the construction of a campus green and medical education building. Mrs. Hamilton’s gift, the largest donation ever made to Jefferson, will help Jefferson to define the future of clinical care.

Among Dodo Hamilton’s many other contributions to Jefferson was a $5 million gift to the Department of Medicine to support laboratory renovations and two professorships. This gift launched the Jefferson 2000 Fund. Thereafter her extraordinary generosity and commitment to Jefferson was shown by a $3 million gift to honor the skill and caring attitude of three physicians who cared for her late husband, Samuel M. V. Hamilton.

In 1998, Dodo committed $2.2 million over 10 years to expand key medical oncology and surgical programs at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. This gift enhances Jefferson’s efforts to recruit leading oncologists who specialize in major areas of cancer treatment.

Now a Florida resident, Dodo continues to serve on several Philadelphia boards including The University of the Arts and Morris Arboretum. Her children, Margaret H. Duprey, N. Peter Hamilton and S. Matthews V. Hamilton Jr. are also prominently involved in Philadelphia area philanthropic organizations.

2004: Vickie & Jack Farber


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.

2003: Myrna & Ira Brind


The magnanimous patronage and tireless fundraising of Myrna and Ira Brind have resulted in the Jefferson – Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine, a vibrant, comprehensive facility that seamlessly brings together the best of western and complementary medicine.



In uniting these formerly desperate schools of treatment, Myrna and Ira have greatly benefitted Jefferson, the many patients who have already experienced care at the Center and the countless number who will come to Jefferson for treatment in the years ahead. We are proud that the Center now bears the Brind name. And we are grateful to Ira for the strong leadership and thoughtful guidance, compassion and dedication to Jefferson Hospital that he has provided over the past seven years as Chair of the Board.