Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research at UMass Medical School Elects Officers, New Trustees

June 30, 2003

WORCESTER, Massachusetts – The Board of Trustees of the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research, a nonprofit organization that supports biomedical research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, elected new officers and four new Trustees at the Foundation’s recent annual meeting.

Newly elected were Morton H. Sigel of Worcester, as chair of the board; Penelope B. Rockwell of Worcester and John Herron Jr. of Cambridge, MA, as vice chairs; and Warner S. Fletcher of Worcester, as secretary.  Martin M. Pollak of Laurel Hollow, NY was re-elected as vice chair, while Melvin S. Cutler of Palm Harbor, FL and Worcester was re-elected Treasurer.  All were elected to one-year terms, which expire at the annual meeting in June 2004.

In addition, the Foundation elected four new Trustees: Ellen M. Plunkett of Newton, MA; Andrew Solomon of New York, NY; John R. Svenson of Wayland, MA; and Daniel G. Tear, PhD of Northborough, MA.

Ellen M. Plunkett, a graduate of Sweetbriar College, is an executive in the field of grant-making.  Plunkett was director of The Iacocca Foundation in Boston from 1989-2003.

Author Andrew Solomon wrote the New York Times bestseller The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, which has won 11 national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award.  Solomon has lectured on depression around the world.  Among his affiliations, Solomon serves on the boards of Outward Bound (Hurricane Island School), the Alliance for the Arts, the Shakespeare Project, and the World Monuments Fund and is a member of the Conservators’ Council of the New York Public Library.  He is a fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University and is a member of the New York Institute for the Humanities.  Born in New York, Solomon studied at Yale University and then at Jesus College Cambridge.

John R. Svenson is chief financial officer of The Abbey Group, a major Boston real estate development and management company.  Recent projects of The Abbey Group include the development of the Landmark Center on the Fenway and Boston’s Lafayette Center in Downtown Crossing.  The Abbey Group principals are also part of Basketball Partners, LLC, a private investment group formed to purchase the Boston Celtics in December 2002.

Dr. Daniel G. Tear is a psychologist and management consultant.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Colgate, and a master’s and PhD from Pennsylvania State University.  He is a fellow of the American Psychological Society and a member of the American Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Consulting Psychology Society.  He is a life member of the American Alpine Club, and a member of the American Antiquarian Society.

The Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is internationally recognized for its revolutionary contributions to biology and medicine.  It is best known for the discovery and development of the birth control pill, the pioneering work that led to in vitro fertilization, and the first systematic study of the anti-tumor actions of tamoxifen, an anti-estrogen drug that has subsequently revolutionized treatment of breast cancer. Initially an independent research institute founded in 1944, the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research merged with the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1997.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School, one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, has built a reputation as a world-class research institution, consistently producing noteworthy advances in clinical and basic research. The Medical School attracts more than $143 million in research funding annually. Visit www.umassmed.edu for additional information.

Contact: Alison Duffy, 508-856-2000