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Alice Cutler, former president of the Friends, personifies the ideal of caring, which is an integral part of Dana-Farber's mission. She grew up in Brookline, Mass., and graduated from Tufts College with a B.S. in Psychology. After her marriage in 1960, she spent a year traveling in Europe and returned to teach first grade before continuing her education at Boston College. She earned a M.Ed. and LCSW prior to holding the position of psychologist at Brockton High School for 21 years.
Alice's recovery from melanoma many years ago, as well as her father having been a patient at Dana-Farber, motivated her to become involved with the Friends. Her volunteering began ten years ago in the gift shop where she joined Sheila Cunningham in buying and managing the head cover merchandise. She then joined the Friends' Board and, as vice-president, co-chaired the Friends' 25th Anniversary Gala.
Other organizations that have benefitted from Alice's involvement include the Quincy YMCA, the Boston Film Festival, and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, where she is a Women's Division Board member. She has traveled extensively and served as a chaperone for children from the United States on visits to schools in other countries, such as Russia and Cuba.
Alice's husband, Stephen, is an investment advisor and president of Essex Investment Management. They have three married children: Ellen, formerly a director of neonatal intensive care initiatives at the National March of Dimes in New York; John, a financial advisor with Wm. Harris Investors in Chicago; and Nancy, who has completed five Boston Marathons as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team and is a trader with Longwood Investments in Boston. Their pleasure is increased with seven grandchildren.
Contributing to the growth of the Friends is a top priority for Alice. She said, "The people I have met, the experiences I have had, and the friends I have made at Dana-Farber have provided a very special meaning for me. I am particularly proud and humbled to have been elected recently as an Institute Trustee."
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