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School of Medicine alum steps forward once again

On a recent visit to the School of Medicine's urban campus, gastroenterologist Bruce Pastor, M68, J95P, hardly recognized his alma mater. The renovated Sackler Center at the medical school represents "a quantum leap in improvement since I was a student."

Dr. Pastor and his wife, Joyce Field Pastor, J67, J95P, pledged $100,000 to name the eighth-floor conference room in the refurbished campus center. Thanks to a challenge by the Jaharis Family Foundation, the impact of their gift has been doubled.

Through their family foundation, Overseers Steven Jaharis, M87, and Michael Jaharis contributed $15 million toward the renovation of the Sackler Center, the creation of a new Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, and financial aid.

Under the Jaharis challenge, Tufts agreed to raise an additional $7.5 million to release a portion of the Jaharis gift for scholarships once the construction projects are complete. The Pastors are among the first to step forward in response to the Jaharis challenge.

"Now is the right time to give, especially in this challenging economic environment," says Dr. Pastor, founder of a seven-physician practice in Boston that is affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "It's an opportunity to help provide scholarship funds while showing support for the new campus center."

A former president and reunion chair of the medical school's alumni association, Dr. Pastor made up his mind during his 40th reunion to make this gift.

"I've always known that I would one day want to give a significant gift to the school. I was waiting for the right occasion."

For more information on becoming a part of the Jaharis Challenge, please contact:
Leslie Kolterman
Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Tufts University School of Medicine