GOLICK--Morrie. The Board of Directors and staff of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and the lupus patient and scientific communities across the nation mourn the death of our Foundation's beloved founder Morrie Golick (1910-2012) at the age of 102. Born of a father's love, the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation was forged by his devotion to his daughter Susan and his determination to find answers when she was diagnosed at 24 with the devastating autoimmune disease lupus. Celebrating the Foundation's 40th anniversary and his 100th birthday in 2010, Morrie reflected, "I wanted to find a way others could benefit from our family's difficult experience with lupus." Morrie Golick made the difference for lupus patients, families, researchers and physicians, launching the lupus movement in New York City and leading its evolution across America. He and Susan worked tirelessly to create much-needed patient services, awareness and advocacy, while always supporting lupus research. Their leadership in nurturing promising scientists and building the laboratories of New York helped their city become the world's foremost center for lupus care and research. Convinced that a cure is within reach, Morrie worked to create the Lupus Research Institute in 2000, now the world's leading supporter of innovative research in lupus. Because of that steadfast conviction, Morrie saw many pivotal scientific discoveries, including the first lupus treatment in 50 years, come to fruition during his lifetime. Morrie Golick has given us a lasting legacy - generosity of spirit, a loving heart that went out to all who struggle with this disease every day, and the unflagging determination to pursue a cure for lupus. We honor and remember Morrie with love and will miss him very much.
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Published in The New York Times on Apr. 4, 2012