A $5 million gift from Sidney E. Frank, founder and chair of the Sidney
Frank Importing Company, will endow a new distinguished professorship in
psychiatry and behavioral sciences at New York Medical College.
The Sidney Frank Distinguished Professorship in Psychiatry and Behavioral
Sciences has been filled by Michael Blumenfield, M.D., who is a professor of
psychiatry, medicine, and surgery at the college.
"It is my desire that this gift reflect my commitment to and my
admiration for New York Medical College," said Frank in a statement."
It is a vote of confidence in Dr. Blumenfield and the entire psychiatry
department. I am proud to have my name aligned with their good works, and I
look forward to the outcomes of the Sidney Frank Distinguished Professorship
Former APA President Joseph T. English, M.D., who is professor and chair of
the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at New York Medical
College, told Psychiatric News that the donation will support a
variety of new educational programs for psychiatry residents and medical
students, particularly in the area of consultation-liaison psychiatry.
"One of Mr. Frank's objectives is that patients in general hospital
services who have psychiatric disorders receive excellent care," English
said. "Dr. Blumenfield is responsible for our consultation-liaison
programs and will have his teaching and clinical activities greatly enhanced
by virtue of the gift. But most of all, Mr. Frank's appreciation of what
psychiatry has to offer patients will lead others to support good care,
teaching, and research by virtue of his extraordinary generosity."
Among the programs that will be supported by the donation are a fellowship
program in psychosomatic medicine, a summer internship program in the
department for students completing their first year of medical school, a
visiting professorship exchange program between New York Medical College and
outstanding international medical universities, a research fund to encourage
young investigators within the department of psychiatry to explore important
areas of their research, and another fund to support underinsured patients so
they can receive proper diagnostic services and short-term psychotherapy.
The Sidney Frank Importing Co. Inc. is the creator of Grey Goose Vodka and
an importer of a number of popular brands of liquor including
Jägermeister Liqueur, Corazón Tequila, and Gekkeikan
According to the company's Web site, Frank was born in Norwich, Conn., and
attended Brown University before heading to Asia, where he represented Pratt
and Whitney Motors during World War II. Upon his return to the United States
in 1945, Frank found work with Schenley Distillers, where he was responsible
for the success of such brands as Dewar's White Label and Ancient Age.
Today Frank, an avid golfer and art collector, lives in New Rochelle, N.Y.,
with his wife, Marian. He has two children and five grandchildren.
He is chair of the board of the Sidney and Louise Frank Foundation and is
active in a variety of professional, cultural, and charitable organizations.
He has donated money to Brown University, the American Heart Association, and
the White Plains Hospital Center, among other institutions.
A press release about Sidney Frank's donation is posted online at<www.nymc.edu/depthome/pr/NR2005/03-04-05.asp>.▪