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A Newsletter for New York Medical College Alumni & Friends 

November 2010    Volume 2, Number 2

Founder's Dinner Set For January 22

Mark your calendar for the 2011 Founder's Dinner on Saturday, January 22. A new venue - Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City - will provide a sophisticated backdrop for this year's gala celebration of New York Medical College's many notable achievements.

Alumni Association Presidents
l. to r.: Joseph F. Dursi, MD '59,  Eileen M. Dieck, MD '86, Michael A. Antonelle, MD '62, Louis E. Fierro, MD '60, Christopher F. X. Riegler, MD '88, Saverio S. Bentivegna, MD '50

This year's Founder's Dinner will pay tribute to two outstanding representatives of New York Medical College's commitment to service and distinction. Saverio S. Bentivegna, MD '50, will receive the William Cullen Bryant Award for his academic, administrative, and philanthropic leadership, and the New York Medical College Alumni Association will be honored for its service to the College through presentation of the Distinguished Service Award to the Association's past and present presidents. Read more.

Sesquicentennial Celebration Dinner    Journal Wins Award

The New York Medical College Sesquicentennial Celebration Dinner Journal won second place in the Web Offset Association's 2010 Print Awards Competition for Special Edition Commemorative or Self-Promotion by Coldset category. Sesquicentennial Dinner Journal cover


These awards are given out  through a highly competitive annual contest that attracts more than 400 submissions from all over the world. The industry representatives who select the winners seek "the best of the best" in their profession. In conferring this award, the judges noted that the quality of the NYMC Sesquicentennial Dinner Journal was "outstanding."

Going For The Gold

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Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, MD '65 and Henry I. Saphier, MD '61

Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, MD '65 and Henry I. Saphier, MD '61 were each presented with the Alumni Medal of Honor at the 2010 Alumni Reunion Banquet. This year's reunion celebrations were attended by more than 300 students, alumni, and their guests. The Classes of 1960 and 1985 marked their respective golden and silver anniversaries by contributing nearly $100,000 in support of scholarships and other important initiatives at the College.

Thaddeus A. Figlock, MD '60, class gift co-chair with Reginald E. Greene, MD '60, said, "Everybody who was a donor just thought it was the thing to do, because they all love our school very much. And it gave me the possibility of getting in touch with so many of the people that I really enjoyed meeting in the past and looked forward to seeing again." Read more.


Wouldn't it be great if New York Medical College received a donation every time you searched the Internet? Well, now it can! is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue - about a penny per search - to the charities its users designate. Use it as you would any search engine and watch the donations add up!

Just go to and enter New York Medical College as the charity you want to support. It's as simple as that.  We suggest you set GoodSearch as your Internet search engine. That way, every time you surf the Web, you'll be supporting a great cause.

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Radiating Generosity

Sidney L. Cramer MD '41
Sidney L. Cramer, MD '41
 "My father had a wonderful soul. He was completely dedicated to medicine, and the people he worked with and treated were equally dedicated to him. He probably provided more services for free than he ever got paid for."

That was how Eric Cramer, MD described his father, Sidney L. Cramer, MD '41, who made a bequest to New York Medical College. As a result of this gift, the Beatrice and Sidney L. Cramer, MD '41 Scholarship will be awarded to a medical student who is in the top of their class at the end of his or her second year.

"He was absolutely enamored with New York Medical College," said Neville Cramer, Dr. Cramer's younger son. "He loved the professors and the institution. He had nothing but fantastic things to say about the time he spent there. He felt that there was no question that money should go to the people who gave him the opportunity to become a physician." Read more.

In This Issue
Founder's Dinner Set For January 22
Sesquicentennial Dinner Journal Wins Award
Radiating Generosity
Campus News Briefs
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November Flashback Photo

Flower&Fifth workers' strike-trio
And you thought that these times were hard! If you know the year that this photo was taken, email us at

March Flashback Photo
NYMC ophthalmology patient

We had several very thoughtful and meaningful responses to the March Flashback Photo. Robert A. Scalice, MD '67 hypothesized that the subject was the "celebrated" Baron von Muenchausen. Marie G. DiMicco, RPh, MS, PharmD, diagnosed him as suffering from an overdose of either silver or amiodarone. Peter E. Bentivegna, MD '85 correctly identified him as Emilio F. Lastarria, MD '85. Dr. Lastarria, we hope you've seen some improvement in your condition since Hallowe'en 1984.

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Published by New York Medical College Office of Development & Alumni Relations, copyright 2010.

Monica Maye, Editor
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