BOG 2018: Sherman Building Continues Tradition of Excellence
In a heartwarming ceremony held during the 2018 Board of Governors Meeting, members of the Sherman family reaffirmed their love and support for Tel Aviv University through a generous donation toward the renovation of laboratories in the Archie Sherman Building of Life Sciences. Some 45 years since their father, Archie, founded the original life sciences building, Archie and Marjorie Sherman’s three daughters, Rosalyn Springer, Jacqueline Gee and Diana Morgenthau came from the UK to Israel to celebrate the “Plaque Unveiling in Recognition of the Longstanding Generous Support of Archie and Marjorie Sherman and Family.” They were accompanied by their husbands, Nicholas Springer, TAU Governor Michael Gee, and Allan Morgenthau, respectively.
Alongside the upgrades that have taken place in the Sherman Building of Life Sciences over the years, much work is yet to be done to bring the laboratories to a level commensurate with pioneering, world-class research. The new donation will help upgrade the infrastructure of the original building, one of the University’s flagship facilities.
In supporting the building, Archie Sherman wanted to make a purposeful contribution and considered life sciences essential to research going forward. Since his death in 1986, the family and trustees of the Archie Sherman Charitable Trust have continued to support Israel with substantial funds.
The ceremony was moderated by Dean of Life Sciences Prof. Danny Chamovitz, who said, “The Sherman family, with their continued support in maintaining their building, together with the synergistic support of the University, has assured that we will be able to recruit the best and brightest young Israeli scientists to the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences and promote ground-breaking solutions in critical spheres, including human health, food security and the environment.”
In his greetings, TAU Vice President for Resource Development Amos Elad said, “We are thrilled to see the next generation of the Sherman family carrying on the tradition of supporting Tel Aviv University and in particular excellence in the life sciences, which was of great importance to Archie and Marjorie,” he said. “The George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences is top ranked in Israel and one of the top ranked in the world: this would not be possible without the physical facilities that are vital to the success of any faculty.”
The links of the Sherman family with Tel Aviv University go back almost five decades. The family had been ardent supporters of Zionism and Israel for over 80 years. They made aliya in the mid-1970s and lived in Tel Aviv, where they became interested in developing Tel Aviv University, particularly through their close relations with the then mayor, Shlomo Lahat.
Mr. Michael Gee gave a response on behalf of the family, followed by a presentation given by Dr. Omri Wurtzel of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences. Dr. Wurtzel’s lab, which studies tissue regeneration, is being renovated with the support of the most recent donation from the Archie Sherman Charitable Trust.