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Our Founders

Posted By alz02 On August 25, 2010 @ 2:11 am In | No Comments

In 1995, philanthropists Zachary Fisher [1] and David Rockefeller joined forces to build the Fisher Center laboratory at The Rockefeller University. The two men raised $5 million each to begin construction on what would become one of the largest and best-equipped scientific facilities for Alzheimer's research in the country.

Zachary Fisher [1] (September 26, 1910 - June 4, 1999) established the Center after his wife Elizabeth was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher

He was quoted at that time, as saying “"I know that an answer will not be found in time to help my beloved Elizabeth, but I want to do what I can to find a cure so that others will not have to suffer through the ravages of this disease as my wife and I have had to."

A noted philanthropist, Zachary Fisher [1] not only helped start the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, but these sister charities as well:

  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum [3]:
    Features aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the destroyer USS Edson, submarine USS Growler and over 25 aircraft.
  • Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund [4]:
    The Fund has provided close to $60 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. The Fund has an A+ rating from The American Institute of Philanthropy
  • Fisher House Foundation [5]:
    Provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.
  • Click here [1] for more information on Mr. Fisher.


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    [1] Zachary Fisher: http://www.alzinfo.org/08/about-fisher-center/zachary-fisher

    [2] Image: http://www.alzinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Zach-and-Eliz-no-frame.jpg

    [3] Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/

    [4] Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund: http://www.fallenheroesfund.org/

    [5] Fisher House Foundation: http://www.fisherhouse.org/

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