Maurice and Corinne Greenberg MRI Suite Dedicated
ITHACA, N.Y. - Legendary insurance mogul Maurice R. Greenberg and his wife, Corinne, were honored at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, April 11, 2006, at the dedication of the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite bearing their name. Funded by a generous donation from the Maurice and Corinne Greenberg Foundation, the suite has been operational since fall 2004.
Snowball, the Greenberg's 12-year-old Maltese and a cancer survivor, was the guest of honor during the inaugural ceremony.
"We are very grateful to Dr. Margaret McEntee for her superb care of Snowball," remarked Mr. Greenberg, as he recognized Cornell's oncology team in their care of his dog's treatment for an oral mast cell tumor.
Acknowledging Snowball's presence, Dr. McEntee responded, "Snowball, I am truly delighted that you have done so well, and that you are here with us today as a bona fide cancer survivor." She also hailed Dr. Jonathan May, Cornell class of '80, who is the Greenberg's personal veterinarian. Dr. May was responsible for Snowball's initial diagnosis and surgical treatment almost four years ago.
The ceremony was also attended by Mr. Greenberg's close friend, Sanford "Sandy" Weill, chairman of Citigroup, and the largest benefactor of the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. In praising the generosity of both families, President Hunter Rawlings acknowledged the transforming impact they have had on the medical college.
In his closing remarks, Donald F. Smith, the Austin Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine, attributed the success of Cornell's oncology program to not just the outstanding clinical scholars, but also the scientific roots of cancer biology within Cornell's biomedical sciences.
"With the addition of the marvelous support from the Greenbergs, the circle is complete."