Kim Thompson

Greetings from the
Director of Development

Kim Thompson
LPI Director of Development

I have had the privilege of associating with donors of the Linus Pauling Institute for 18 months and in that short time I have quickly learned how remarkable you are! Each time I talk to one of you, I realize the amazing impact Linus and Ava Helen Pauling had on our world, and I am reminded again of the responsibility we have to continue their legacy.

One way we "spread the news" about the legacy of the Paulings, and the work we do to continue it, is by visiting people all over the country. Dr. Balz Frei and I enjoyed meeting friends of the Institute in the Phoenix, Arizona, area in February. Nineteen of us gathered at the Biltmore Hotel to discuss the latest research findings and watch a video about the Institute first shown at the "Diet and Optimum Health" Conference held in Portland, Oregon, in May 2001. Balz then answered specific questions from the group about diet and health.

In April, I traveled to Palm Beach, Florida, with LPI Principal Investigator Dr. David Williams to meet our friends in that lovely area. Dave explained research under way in the six labs at the Institute and shared the latest findings on acetyl-L-carnitine and alpha-lipoic acid, the combination of which improves the activity, energy level, and cognitive function of old rats (and hopefully humans, too).

October finds us in New York City where Dr. Frei will deliver the first "Dorothy Epstein Nutrition Lecture" at Hunter College. We will have more information on this as the date approaches.

Since our last newsletter we have received some absolutely wonderful gifts. Two of these created Fellowships—the "Thomas Davy Sharples and Renate Backhausen Sharples Fellowship", created in memory of Karin Backhausen Jansen, and the "Dr. and Mrs. George B. Whatley Fellowship." These gifts provide $25,000 per year to support the work of a doctoral student or a post-doctoral fellow in LPI.

Very substantial gifts have also arrived for the Cancer Chemoprotection Program, for expansion and renovation of Dr. Tory Hagen's laboratory, for work on allergies, and for conference support, among other things. Quite a few people have notified us of planned gifts. We are grateful to you all.

If you have any questions about how to make a gift to the Institute now or how to remember the Institute in your estate plans, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be glad to help.

I look forward to meeting you!

Last updated May, 2002

Honoring a Scientific Giant with Nutritional Research
Toward Longer, Better Lives

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