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LAUDER--Evelyn H. The Rockefeller University deeply mourns the passing of Evelyn Lauder, a visionary philanthropist and humanitarian. As founder and chairman of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Mrs. Lauder spearheaded the growth of what is today the largest national organization dedicated exclusively to funding exceptional research relating to the causes, treatment, and prevention of breast cancer. Since its establishment in 1993, BCRF has provided breast cancer researchers around the world with crucial funds for their studies. Here at Rockefeller, BCRF has long supported breast cancer research in the laboratories of Paul Nurse and Titia de Lange. Evelyn Lauder also embraced a number of other programs at Rockefeller University, including the Women & Science initiative. In 2003, the University honored her with the Brooke Astor Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Science. The award recognized Mrs. Lauder for her work as leader of BCRF, as well as for her many other philanthropic achievements, including the creation, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, of the first comprehensive breast and diagnostic center. Through her leadership, compassion, and generosity, Evelyn Lauder brought breast cancer to the forefront of public awareness and played an outstanding role in the global fight against the disease. We celebrate a life extraordinarily well lived, and we extend our deepest condolences to Leonard and the entire Lauder family. Russell Carson, Chairman Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President Paul Nurse, President Emeritus Titia de Lange, Leon Hess Professor Women & Science Committee Members

Published in The New York Times on Nov. 16, 2011
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