Stewart and Marlene Greenebaum were recipients of the American Cancer Society's 2010 Million Dollar Roundtable award. This elite group of donors has contributed more than $100 million to the ACS since 2007, helping to further the Society's work to bring cancer under control as early as possible in this century. The Greenebaums were honored at the ACS meeting in Atlanta in November.
In 1996, Baltimore-based real estate developer Stewart Greenebaum and his wife, Marlene, made a $10 million gift to the University of Maryland Medical System and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The largest private contribution ever made to the School or Hospital, the gift was made in recognition of the Medical Center’s "extraordinary growth and progress." In recognition of the record-breaking gift, the Medical System and School of Medicine renamed the University of Maryland Cancer Center after the Greenebaums.
The Greenebaums have a long history of personal affiliation with
the Medical System. In the 1960s Greenebaum’s father was successfully and
compassionately treated for an abdominal aneurysm at University Hospital, sowing
the seeds for Stewart and Marlene Greenebaum’s life-long involvement with
Greenebaum, who is president of the regional real estate development
company Greenebaum and Rose Associates, was invited to join the Medical System
Board of Directors in 1990. He served as chairman from 1994-1998. Both Stewart and Marlene Greenebaum have served on the Cancer Center Board of Advisors since its inception in 1993.
"As chairman, I have been privileged to watch first hand
as this remarkable institution evolved into a state-of-the-art, world-class
medical facility, and to see the School of Medicine triple its research funding
and become a major force in the advancement of medical science," Greenebaum
said at the time he and Marlene made their gift. "I am extremely proud
to have played even a small part in these tremendous advances. Marlene and I
could think of no better place to share the good fortune with which we have
In addition to recognizing the Medical System’s growth and
progress, the Greenebaum gift has a very personal meaning for the couple. Marlene Greenebaum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990.
"At the time of my diagnosis, Stewart promised me that we’d
do something very significant to celebrate my recovery," she recalls.
Greenebaum surprised both his wife and the Medical System Board
of Directors with the $10 million gift, which he pledged exactly five years
to the day he first learned of his wife’s diagnosis.
"It is a remarkable act, by a remarkable man and a devoted
husband," said Morton I. Rapoport, M.D., then president and CEO of the Medical
System. "Stewart’s leadership was essential in moving the Medical
System through one of the most difficult and challenging times in the long history
of this institution -- the growth of managed care, the demands for cost-effective
services, the consolidation of the health care marketplace and the changing
role of medicine. Without a strong Board and an equally strong chairman, the
University of Maryland Medical System would not be the great institution it
is today. His leadership has been at least as important to our success as his
Added Donald E. Wilson, M.D., M.A.C.P., then dean of the University
of Maryland School of Medicine: "Stewart has always made clear his adamant
belief that the School of Medicine and Medical System are irrevocably joined
and that only by collaboration will our continued success as a center of excellence
be assured. His great generosity is a vote of confidence that our institutions
will continue their leadership in education, research and patient care."
Stewart and Marlene Greenebaum have worked untiringly among Baltimore’s
leading civic and community leaders for years, with a continuing interest in
philanthropy. In 1994 the Greenebaums started the "Access to Medicine Fund,"
a program of scholarships for University of Maryland School of Medicine students
who are residents of Maryland. Contributions from the Greenebaums and more than
50 of their friends support the fund. Stewart Greenebaum is a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and past Chairman of the Institute of Human Virology (IHV), where the Greenebaums created an annual Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series which has attracted world-wide recognition.
The philanthropic interests of the well-known developer and his
wife also extend to other civic endeavors. The Greenebaums were founders in
1991 of the Children’s House at Johns Hopkins. They donated $800,000 towards
the construction of an 18-bedroom facility that provides lodging for
families of children being treated for life-threatening illnesses. Stewart spearheaded
the drive that ultimately raised almost $2 million in donated building materials
and services from more than 100 companies and 3000 volunteers. Greenebaum is
chairman of the Board of the Children’s House. He is also an active board member and volunteer with the Baltimore-based
"Believe In Tomorrow Foundation," making dreams come true for hundreds of children with
life-threatening diseases, and is past Chairman and co-founder of the Elijah Cummings Youth Program, a program that sends inner-city high school students to visit Israel.
Both Greenebaums are active leaders in the Jewish
community. Stewart Greenebaum is past chairman of Israel Bonds of Maryland,
a Board member of Hadassah Hospitals in Jerusalem, Israel, founding President of the Shoshanna Cardin High School, and
past president of Temple Oheb Shalom. Marlene Greenebaum is past president of Oheb Shalom Sisterhood and past president of Miriam Lodge.
But it is their belief in the future of the University that is
the Greenebaums’ abiding passion.
"Today’s University of Maryland Medical System is not
just a good hospital. It is a great hospital that with the School of Medicine
touches the lives of all Marylanders through patient care, medical education
and research programs," the Greenebaums say.
Noted Rapoport, "Stewart often says we have a responsibility
in this world to leave it a better place than when we came into it, and he acts
on that belief. With their contribution, the Greenebaums have given something
back not just to the Medical System and School of Medicine, but to the residents
of Baltimore and the citizens of the state. At the same time, the gift from
the Greenebaums serves to enhance the upcoming capital program of the Medical