“Washington University expanded my horizons when I was a student, and it still does,” says Sandy Loewentheil, AB ’76. As a longtime supporter of annual and endowed scholarships, he has worked tirelessly to help create opportunities for students with high financial need to attend Washington University.
Mr. Loewentheil became interested in the exciting frontier of personalized medicine through his service on the university’s Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Karen, recently made a significant commitment to endow the Sanford C. and Karen P. Loewentheil Distinguished Professorship in the School of Medicine. It will provide permanent support for a leading physician-scientist focused on advancing personalized medicine.
“Diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and Parkinson’s affect each of us on a personal level,” Mr. Loewentheil says. “By harnessing the power of genomics, personalized medicine has the potential to revolutionize treatment and prevention of devastating disorders. Washington University is poised to be a global leader in the field, and we decided this was an area where our support was needed most. I am excited by the opportunity to learn about personalized medicine and become more involved at the medical school.”
Mr. Loewentheil always has been a hands-on philanthropist. One of the early developers of affordable housing in New York, he is dedicated to improving the quality of life in urban neighborhoods. He and his business partner founded the company that became L&M Development Partners in 1984. Today it is one of the nation’s premier developers of affordable, mixed-income, and market-rate housing.
L&M has exhibited a significant commitment to philanthropy through the L&M Community Investment group, which provides grants to local nonprofit organizations and sponsors job-training, after-school, and summer camp programs to benefit the communities in which the company develops housing. One college scholarship program established decades ago in one of L&M’s first development projects in the South Bronx continues to this day.
In 2007, Mr. Loewentheil began working with high schools in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn, New York, to encourage qualified students to consider applying to Washington University. He collaborated with the late James McLeod, vice chancellor for students and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, to bring a delegation from the university to meet with school officials and community leaders in Harlem. At the time, Dean McLeod said, “Sandy made it possible for us to reach out to students who otherwise might never discover the opportunities at Washington University.”
In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees, Mr. Loewentheil is a member of the Arts & Sciences National Council, the New York Regional Cabinet, and the Greater New York Regional Executive Committee for Leading Together: The Campaign for Washington University. He has helped lead key scholarship initiatives in New York on behalf of the university, including the fundraising effort for the McLeod Scholars Program. He has received Distinguished Alumni Awards from Arts & Sciences and the university and the New York Regional Award.
The Loewentheils are Life Members of the Danforth Circle Chancellor’s Level of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society. Their daughter Sarah is a member of the Class of 2020 in Arts & Sciences. – By former executive director Susan Wooleyhan Caine