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Jean Pearlstein became involved with the Friends in 1983. After
bringing a friend to Dana-Farber for treatment, she chose to
volunteer in the Friends' gift shop. Subsequently, Jean and her
husband Jerry were asked to work on the committee for the second
annual Friends' Gala, and they assumed the responsibility of
co-chairing the third one.
Jean and Jerry are blessed with two daughters, a son-in-law and
two grandsons. Jean volunteered in the Newton school system where
her children were educated. She was an active member of New England
Villages, which provides support for adults with mental
retardation. She also worked on a variety of events for other
Jean says, "I was very honored to become a member of the
Friends' Board and in 1986 became President, which was one of the
outstanding experiences of my life. From 1986-1988 I was fortunate
to be involved with an incredible group of people and an incredible
Institute. At the end of my term, I became a Trustee of the
Institute, but I continued to be active with the Friends, a truly
As well as serving as recording secretary, nominating chair,
allocations chair and Gala co-chair, Jean was also involved in
long-range planning. She has been a part of the Tribute Book since
its inception, bringing in a large base of companies.
As a Trustee, she was the first woman on the Executive Board of
the Institute and is on the Governance, Quality Assurance Risk
Management, Development and Communications Committees. For the last
fourteen years she has been on the Institutional Review Board. It
reviews new protocols after they have been scientifically approved,
and it oversees the human protection aspect. With the few hours
left for hobbies, Jean enjoys bridge, book club, investment club
and theater, as well as a variety of the arts.
"The Friends has always been a dedicated and caring organization
which gives time, energy, and compassion to the well-being of
others. It changed my life, and I will always be proud to have been
a part of it."
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