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Jay Wein passed away on Saturday Nov. 28, 2015. In the high stakes world of medical research in Boston, Jay R. Wein, was on speed dial of many senior development executives at most of the leading hospitals in Boston for the past four decades. As a fundraising consultant called in specifically to develop proposals for dozens of major, critical projects, he helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for health care projects and medical research. Many of the most important health care programs and medical research projects in the city have his fingerprints all over them, said Allen Peckham, former Chief Development Officer at Partners Healthcare System. Without Jays carefully constructed and re-searched proposals many of these projects may not have been successful. He had this incredible knack for translating complex medical issues into language that donors could understand and support. The ground-breaking work he undertook led to the creation of a Center for the Study of Orphan Diseases, the Center for Integrative Medicine in Innovation and Technology, an Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, a Center for Innovation and Clinical Scholarship in Pediatric Nursing, and a Center for Genetic and Acquired Blood Diseases among dozens of others. Mr. Wein, 68, specialized in developing multi-million fundraising proposals for most of the most prestigious health care organizations in Boston, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners HealthCare Systems, Tufts Medical Center, Boston Childrens Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Brigham and Womens Hospital. Mr. Wein founded his consulting firm, Wein Associates, in 1984. Previously, he served as Vice President for Development at Boston University Medical Center Hospital and Director of Development for the Joslin Diabetes Center and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. His expertise at crafting proposals that were beautifully written may have had its origins in his love of writing and literature, said Linda Wein, his wife of 44 years. "I always admired and loved his creative brilliance. He took technical information and was able to communicate it clearly and with compassion to a broad range of people. He was so proud of his contribution to Boston's medical community." Mr. Wein completed graduate studies in literature at Oxford University in England after graduating from the University of Massachusetts. His first professional job was as an editorial assistant with the former Boston Record-American. He also was the author of a number of articles in fund-raising trade publications as well as a widely-quoted, national survey he designed of 500 nonprofits on the use of formal planning in development. Mr. Wein holds an MBA from the Boston University Graduate School of Management and has served on the Board of the Boston Shakespeare Company and Friends of Joslin. He was also a member of the first class of professional fund raisers to be certified by the Association for Philanthropy. Mr. Wein, a former Lexington resident and graduate of Lexington High, is survived by his wife, Linda; daughters Sandy Parker, of Dorchester, Stefie Wein, of Portland, OR, parents, Henry and Judy Wein, of Lexington, sister, Cheryl Barg of Lexington, brother, Bobby Wein, of Winthrop, and grandson, Ben Parker. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the in Jay's name. A gathering to honor Mr. Wein for family, friends and colleagues will be helped at the American Academy of Arts And Sciences, 200 Beacon St., Somerville, from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Dec. 10th.
Published in The Brookline Tab from Dec. 4 to Dec. 17, 2015
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