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Doctor of philanthropy

'I'm fortunate to have this support. College is such a financial burden these days. Every little bit helps.' -- Catherine Caruso , scholarship recipient "I'm fortunate to have this support. College is such a financial burden these days. Every little bit helps." -- Catherine Caruso, scholarship recipient
By Cindy Cantrell
Globe Staff / August 16, 2009

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For years, Newton-Wellesley Hospital president Dr. Michael Jellinek has good-naturedly referred to Robert Danziger of Newton as a “doctor of philanthropy.’’ His colleagues made the title official by presenting him with a white doctor’s coat at a recent surprise party to honor him for his longtime volunteer service.

Danziger joined Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s board of overseers in 1975 as a way to give back to the town in which he had always lived. A former chairman of the trustees, he also cofounded the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Charitable Foundation with Wellesley resident Joan Archer following the hospital’s transition from an independent institution to a Partners HeathCare System affiliate in 1999. Under their leadership, more than $62.7 million has been raised from individuals, corporations, and foundations in support of capital projects, the hospital’s operating budget, technology, education, and enhanced patient services.

Although Danziger recently retired as chairman of the hospital’s charitable foundation, he has said he plans to continue his 34 years of volunteer service. He is a trustee for life of Newton-Wellesley Hospital and a director for life of the charitable foundation.

“I hope younger members of our society learn about their local hospitals and decide to get involved,’’ said Danziger, who was the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Northland Investment Corp. in Newton. “Once you do, it can be a very gratifying experience.’’

MATH OLYMPIAD: Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Synge of Lexington first became interested in math competitions when she saw one advertised on ESPN. This weekend, she is representing the United States in the 2009 China Girls Mathematical Olympiad.

Synge, a Boston University Academy junior who has participated in math competitions for five years, is one of seven US high school girls competing in the event in the southern coastal city of Xiamen, in China’s Fujian Province.

Sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, the team includes Cynthia Day of San Jose, Calif., a sophomore at Lynbrook High School; Carolyn Kim of Tallahassee, Fla., who will attend Harvard University; Patricia Li of San Jose, Calif., who is entering the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Shiyu Li of Sunnyvale, Calif., a senior at Cupertino High School; Ramya Rangan of San Jose, Calif., a sophomore at the Harker School; and Shijie Joy Zheng of Shoreline, Wash., who is a junior at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.

The coaches are Zuming Feng of Phillips Exeter Academy and Jennifer Iglesias, a two-time team member.

The team spent three weeks preparing for the competition through the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in June. After the five-day Olympiad concludes today, Synge and Zheng will spend several days tutoring children in math and science.

“I’ve always enjoyed math competitions,’’ said Synge, who was an alternate on last year’s team. “You meet a lot of great people and have a lot of fun.’’

TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP: Belmont resident Catherine Caruso, a senior at Wellesley College, recently earned her fourth scholarship from the Marine Technology Society.

A 2006 graduate of Belmont High School, Caruso is majoring in biology.

This spring, Caruso spent three months studying in the Caribbean’s Turks and Caicos Islands, where she conducted research on tropical fish biodiversity. This summer, she is working at the New England Aquarium where she is researching the liquefied-natural-gas terminal in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park.

The $2,000 scholarship is for college students interested in marine technology or instrumentation. Incorporated in 1963, the Marine Technology Society is a nonprofit, professional society of ocean engineers, technologists, policy makers, and educators.

“I’m fortunate to have this support,’’ Caruso said. “College is such a financial burden these days. Every little bit helps.’’

FRAMINGHAM STATE NEWS: Governor Deval Patrick recently appointed two residents to Framingham State College’s board of trustees.

Fernando Quezada of Lexington is executive director of the Biotechnology Center of Excellence Corporation in Waltham, a nonprofit organization that assists governments and universities worldwide with biotechnology development efforts in health care, agriculture, and environmental protection.

Wellesley resident Robert E. Richards, who was the board’s vice chairman for the past two years, was appointed to his second five-year term on the board, although in a new role as its chairman. He is a partner in the Boston-based law firm of Hanify & King, where he is the director of the business and real estate group. Richards was a member of the college’s board of trustees from 1981 to 1983 as the first student trustee. He was appointed to his initial five-year term on the board by Governor Mitt Romney in 2005.

Also at Framingham State College, Susan Mullaney of Medway and Cynthia Francis Bechtel of Southborough have earned the designation of certified nurse educator. Mullaney and Bechtel are faculty members in the college’s new master of science in nursing program.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Rachel Sagan of Sudbury has joined the Acton-Boxborough United Way as executive director, while Jane Boatright of Boxborough has succeeded Acton resident Liz Reinhardt as the charity’s president. According to Boatright, the organization’s goals include developing stronger community outreach efforts while increasing awareness of the services provided by ABUW-funded agencies.

Emerson Hospital in Concord recently presented several employees with awards. Concord resident Mallory Harrison, a child life specialist on the pediatric intervention team, received the Friend of Nursing Award for her compassionate care. Fitchburg resident Laura LoVerme (inset), a nurse educator in the emergency department, received the Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award for her work as a caregiver, educator, and mentor. Pepperell resident Jennifer Boyd, manager of human resources, received the Excellence at Emerson Award for superior job performance.

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