It may seem strange to say that my boss is Ethel Donaghue, who died in 1989. But, in fact, it is her directive that shapes the work I do each day. When Ethel Donaghue left her $53 million for other people to create and operate the Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation, she trusted that they would be responsible stewards of this gift. As one of the foundation’s trustees, the question “What would Ethel do?” is never far from my mind.
I love my job and feel that being a Donaghue trustee is a great honor. If she were alive today, I hope my boss would say her trust had been well placed.