Greenwich couple recognized for university donation

John Lahey and Barbara Netter, of Greenwich, admire the portrait of her and her late husband, Edward, which was unveiled at the formal dedication of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University on Sept. 12.

John Lahey and Barbara Netter, of Greenwich, admire the portrait of her and her late husband, Edward, which was unveiled at the formal dedication of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University on Sept. 12.

Greenwich residents and co-founders of the revolutionary cancer foundation, Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, Barbara Netter and her late husband, Edward, were awarded with honorary degrees by Quinnipiac University on Sept. 12.

The couple donated a gift to the school in 2011 to name the country’s newest medical school, the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, after Mr. Netter’s first cousin, Frank Netter, a noted surgeon and medical illustrator who was known as ‘medicine’s Michelangelo.’

The medical school’s charter class of 60 students began classes this fall on the university’s North Haven Campus.

“I can assure you that in the months and weeks ahead this medical school, the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, is developed so it is a source of pride and worthy of the distinguished career of Dr. Frank Netter and equally worthy of the friendship, leadership and generosity of Barbara and Edward Netter,” said Quinnipiac President John L. Lahey.

During the ceremony, Quinnipiac unveiled portraits of Frank H. Netter and Edward and Barbara Netter done by artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, who attended the ceremony and was the portrait artist for six U.S. presidents.

“Part of Ed wanted to become a doctor, but he became a businessman instead,” Ms. Netter explained. “Ed, who himself had enormous passion for his undertakings, admired Frank’s exemplary application of himself and all he contributed to this world. He wanted this gift to be a living reminder of all that Frank contributed to the medical field and to be recognized with this newly-formed medical school at Quinnipiac University.”

The evening concluded with tours of the medical school, dinner, words from U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and a keynote address from David Satcher, director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and a former U.S. Surgeon General.

“First and foremost, I want to congratulate the university for this very bold move at a time in history where medical education is so important,” Mr. Satcher said. “We have some major challenges ahead and we’re going to need more physicians, especially primary care providers.”

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