Rob Friedman Honors Parents With a Scholarship
When Alfred Friedman needed triple-bypass surgery in 1983, few hospitals were skilled at the procedure, so he and his wife traveled from their home in Livingston, New Jersey, to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Because of the expert, compassionate care he received, he developed a lifelong friendship with Emory. Now his son, Rob Friedman, is making a bequest to endow the Alfred and Sheila Friedman Memorial Scholarship Fund. The gift will honor the couple's memory and encourage medical students to pursue careers in primary care.
"In late 2013, when I decided to revise my estate plans, I reached out to Emory's development office to learn more about the medical school. Last year, I toured the medical school's facilities and strongly felt that innovation, continuous improvement, and humility were deeply embedded in Emory's DNA," Friedman said. "In general, I am a skeptic at heart; it may be due to my training and background as an accountant, securities analyst, and investor. However, I was so impressed by what I saw and heard that as soon as my plane touched down at Newark Airport, I decided to set up a scholarship fund for current medical students and revise my estate plans to include sustainable scholarship funding."
The Alfred and Sheila Friedman Memorial Scholarship Fund will give preference to students seeking to become primary care physicians, Friedman said. "Because primary care physicians act not only as front-line diagnosticians but also as informational and logistical gatekeepers when communicating with specialists and other health care providers, they play a critical role in disease prevention efforts, treatment, and the recovery of patients."
Scholarship bequests like Friedman's are among the gift planning options for donors who want to create significant legacies at Emory. Some planned gifts even provide financial benefits for donors and protect assets. To learn more, contact Emory Office of Gift Planning at 404.727.8875 or firstname.lastname@example.org to consult with an Emory gift planning expert.