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Pearlstine Healing Garden endowed
with $1M gift
Hollings Cancer Center dedicated the Edwin and Barbara Pearlstine
Healing Garden April 11. The healing garden, designed by Robert
Chesnut, was endowed with a $1 million gift from Edwin S. Pearlstine
Jr. in memory of his wife of 40 years, Barbara Langer Pearlstine, who
died of cancer in 1997.
and Barbara Pearlstine will forever be known in this city and at MUSC
as true exemplars of philanthropy,” said MUSC President Ray Greenberg,
M.D., Ph.D. “We are thankful to Edwin Pearlstine for this incredibly
generous gift in memory of Barbara. This garden will provide special
comfort to our patients for many years to come.”
Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. read remarks sent by John E.
Neiderhuber, M.D., director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Niederhuber was scheduled to speak at the dedication ceremony but was
detained in Washing-ton. The Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) is an
NCI-developing center and will apply for designation in May. The
ceremony also celebrated the completion of the cancer center’s new
A nationally renowned surgeon and researcher, Niederhuber has dedicated
his four-decade career to the treatment and study of cancer—as a
professor, cancer center director, National Cancer Advisory Board
chair, external advisor to the NCI, grant reviewer, and laboratory
investigator supported by NCI and the National Institutes of Health.
“It is a privilege to recognize this generous gift from Edwin
Pearlstine in memory of his wife, Barbara,” said HCC director Andrew S.
Kraft, M.D. “Hollings Cancer Center endeavors every day to provide our
patients with the very best in cancer care and therapies. We hope that
in the beauty of this garden, they will be able to find an added
measure of healing and solace.”
center, celebrates the opening of the Hollings Cancer Center's new
healing garden with family Amy Foster, from left, Halle Lipov, Susan
Pearlstine, Win Lipov, Jan Lipov and Larry Lipov.
Pearlstine, a Charleston native, has made his mark on the city many
times with his business acumen and philanthropy. Under his leadership,
the family business, Pearlstine Distributors, became one of the largest
privately-owned businesses in the region. He also is part owner of the
South Carolina Stingrays. In 2002, MUSC awarded Pearlstine the honorary
degree of Doctor of Humane Letters; and he is a member of the MUSC
Society of 1824 for his gift in creating the healing garden.
“I know that patients and their families are going through a terrible
ordeal,” Edwin S. Pearlstine Jr., said. “If the healing garden can give
them some comfort it will be well worth my commitment.”
Friday, April 18, 2008
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