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Carolyn and Chuck Furfine

Giving Back to Excellent Medical Care
Carolyn and Chuck Furfine, PhD, wanted to give back to the organizations that are important to them. Using their living trust, they are making a lasting impact at the Foundation. More

Paul Ripley

Investing in Medical Research Saves Lives
In 1948, when Paul Ripley—a retired educator and award-winning photographer—was just 18 years old, his father began experiencing severe heart pain. At the time, there weren’t any effective treatments for the condition. More

Jo Oertli

A More Hopeful Future Through Giving
After receiving a brochure several years ago from The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital outlining the impact of charitable giving on heart and vascular research, Jo Oertli began to fully realize the importance of financially supporting Barnes-Jewish Hospital and its affiliates. More

Mary Strauss

Her Second Act
Mary Strauss is a St. Louis philanthropist best known for saving the historic St. Louis Fox Theater. In the 1980s, she helped return the 4,500-seat “movie palace” to its original 1929 glamour, and today the theater hosts the biggest names in live entertainment and Broadway plays. More

John Gerdes

Building a Beautiful Legacy Through Giving
John Gerdes met his late wife, Jerrie, at a college mixer in the late 1950s when they were just 18 years old. The jukebox was playing the latest hits, and John was excited to meet new friends—and potential dates—as a college freshman. More

Cindy Galati

Fighting for a Cure for MS
At times, it was like my body was on fire," Cindy Galati says. The odd health symptoms-numbness, tingling and burning sensations in several parts of her body began not long after Cindy graduated from college in 1979. More

Harris Frank

Supporting a St. Louis 'Icon'
Harris Frank, a former real estate executive, has lent a hand to many local and national causes-including 12 years of service on the board of the former Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He has encouraged his peers to do the same. More

Patricia Fanning

Cancer Survivor's Gift Paints Brighter Future for Women
Patricia Fanning, lifetime St. Louis resident and legal secretary for 63 years, is a two-time survivor of ovarian cancer. Following treatment, what struck Pat most about her experience was how highly regarded the physicians providing her care were. More

Brian Michalowski

Excellent Nurses Lead Donor to Create Scholarship
A retired teacher, Betty* understands the value of education. Betty's own parents never finished high school, but they had always emphasized education's importance and made sure Betty and her brother were college-educated. More

Penny Bari

Lifelong Nurse Honors Field With Her Gift
Penny Bari, Barnes Hospital School of Nursing Class of '61, is not exaggerating when she says that nursing school was her entire world when she was a student. More

Cari Goss

Love of Clydesdales Led One Woman to Lifesaving Diagnosis and Legacy Gift
When Cari Goss was a little girl, she loved the Anheuser- Busch Clydesdales, and when she reached adulthood she was delighted to realize she could actually own Clydesdales herself. More

Marilyn Bornefeld

Quiet Strength Leaves a Legacy
Marilyn Bornefeld was a quiet homebody who loved her pets, including a cat she believed shared her affliction with Crohn's disease. She was diagnosed with the ailment as a teen and received treatment at Barnes-Jewish Hospital until her death in 2006 at age 81. More

Connie and Jim Roan

Roans Establish Gift Annuity to Support Diabetes Research
Connie and Jim Roan are living in their 21st house together since marrying in 1962. Jim's career as an Air Force judge advocate took them to Oklahoma, Alabama, Germany, England, California, Ohio, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., and, finally, Missouri. More

Helen Wells

Solid Foundation Inspires Investment in New College of Nursing
It all started in the summer of 1947. That's when Helen Wells, RN, MNA, graduated with a BSN from the Washington University School of Nursing and finished her clinical hours at Barnes Hospital. More