Remembering Arthur Brody, visionary friend

By Kristina Meek
May 11, 2012
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Sanford-Burnham is mourning the passing of friend, supporter, and trustee Arthur Brody, a visionary man who believed in the power of scientific research to cure disease.

“The entire Sanford-Burnham community of faculty, staff, trustees and donors is saddened by this loss,” said CEO John Reed, M.D., Ph.D.

A highly respected philanthropist and president of the Sophie & Arthur Brody Foundation, Mr. Brody contributed generously to the Institute over the course of 20 years. More specifically, he supported the lab of Stuart A. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D., director of our Del E. Webb Center for Neuroscience, Aging, and Stem Cell Research; the Stem Cell Research Center; and prostate cancer research. He also invested in young scientists through gifts to the Fishman Fund, and by serving on the Fishman Fund Advisory Board.

“As researchers, we are acutely aware of the importance of philanthropic support, particularly in these difficult times in which there is a downturn in NIH funding,” Dr. Lipton said. “It takes a visionary person like Art Brody to realize the long-term value, both financially and in lives saved, of an investment in medical research. We are fortunate to have known him both as a close friend and as a supporter. He will be truly missed.”

Mr. Brody’s largest contribution to Sanford-Burnham came in 2010, when he pledged $1 million to help support efforts to translate basic research discoveries into new medicines. The gift created the Art Brody Innovation Fund, which supports promising research projects that are just a few steps away from clinical application and that require additional support to move them from the lab and into patients.

“We are extremely grateful for Art’s support, because gifts like his allow our research to realize its full potential,” said Dr. Reed on the occasion of the pledge. “Bridging the gap between the laboratory and patients in need is at the heart of everything that we do; it is what is embodied in the Institute’s slogan, ‘From Research, the Power to Cure.’”

Because Mr. Brody achieved tremendous success as a supplier for libraries through his company Brosoar Corporation, it was fitting that Sanford-Burnham named the library on its La Jolla campus after him and his late wife, Sophie.

Arthur Brody and Phyllis Cohn at the 2010 Sanford-Burnham gala

Mr. Brody served on Sanford-Burnham’s Board of Trustees for more than a decade, between the years 2001 to 2012. He was also actively involved at the University of California, San Diego, the San Diego Public Library, and the Center of the Book at the Library of Congress.

He is survived by his longtime partner, Phyllis Cohn, herself a cherished friend of the Institute.

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