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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-04-12

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chemist devoted to his work, he rented
a one-bedroom apartment and drove a
Dedication Ceremony of
Saturn. He never married or had chil-
the Dr. Bruce A. Pearl:inn
dren.
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His life was cut short in 2009 by a
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glioblastoma brain tumor at age 60.
and the
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He left an estate worth approximately
in Synthetic
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bequeathed to the Weizmann Institute
of Science in Rehovot, Israel.
Nancy Eckhous at the dedication
"I never knew my brother was
ceremony
in Israel
wealthy" said his younger sister, Nancy
Eckhous, the university bursar at Cal
dedication and love of chemistry was
State Long Beach, who traveled to the
all encompassing, and he worked long,
Weizmann Institute last November
long hours. "It got so bad that Upjohn
for the dedication of three programs
took his keys away so he would go
established in her brother's name: The
home at night and on weekends!'
Bruce Pearlman Professorial Chair
It was that passion for chemistry that
in Organic Chemistry, the Dr. Bruce
Pearlman wanted for his legacy.
Pearlman PhD Scholarship in
"Bruce was a real scientist
Organic Chemistry and the
— passionate about what he
Dr. Bruce Pearlman Program
was doing and worried that
for Outstanding Students
not enough people under-
in Organic Chemistry. Her
stand the true value of organ-
parents, Jack and Betty
ic chemistry to society' said
Pearlman, and brothers Hal
Weizmann Institute President
and Ralph, a physician in
Daniel Zajfman, who had met
Southfield, "wished they
Pearlman both in Detroit and
411
could have been there as
in Rehovot.
The
late
Bruce
well:' she said.
The Bruce Pearlman
Pearlman
"Bruce was incredibly
Professorial Chair in Organic
focused on chemistry:' Eckhous said.
Chemistry was established in perpetu-
"He had a passion for it and talked
ity with an endowment of $1.5 million
about leaving a gift before he was diag- from Pearlman's estate. The new chair
nosed with a brain tumor. He traveled
will support Professor Milko van der
to Israel when he was in remission
Boom, a leading researcher in the field
with the goal to keep interest flowing in of organic chemistry. The Dr. Bruce
organic chemistry."
Pearlman Program for Outstanding
According to his sister, Pearlman
Students in Organic Chemistry was
was "always a scholarly kid, walking to
established through an endowment
school reading a book so he wouldn't
of $2 million and is helping to attract
`waste' his time, as he put it."
the brightest graduate students from
Pearlman left Metro Detroit for
Israel and around the world and will
Harvard and then to Columbia, where he offer competitive research grants and
earned his PhD in organic chemistry.
distinctive research opportunities.
"Bruce then went on to a life of drugs The scholarship that bears his name,
— at work, that is!" Eckhous said. His
endowed with a gift of $250,000, will go
career as a pharmaceutical chemist
to a doctoral student who will work for
spanned 29 years at Upjohn, Pfizer and four years in Professor van der Boom's
Schering-Plough. He held 17 patents
lab.
and designed processes for three com-
Eckhous was able to meet some of
mercial products. "He was responsible
the students already benefiting from
for a great many processes that keep us Pearlman's generosity while at the
all healthy today," Eckhous said. "His
dedication ceremony. "My brother's
colleagues said he was one of the best
life was cut short!' she said, "and my
at providing quality problem-solving
family is very proud that his name and
help to whoever walked into his lab!'
his legacy will live on at the Weizmann
Eckhous added that her brother's
Institute."



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