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Fred Sharf and Jean Sharf, Institute Trustees

  • Fred and Jean Sharf, an Institute Trustee

    Fred and Jean Sharf, an Institute Trustee

  • Jean Sharf, a Philadelphian by birth, and a Bostonian by marriage, graduated from Simmons College with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She obtained her master's degree in the same field at Boston College.

    Jean and her husband, Fred, have a daughter, Lisa, who is married to Eric Green. They live in New York City with their two children. Jean and Lisa are both cancer survivors.

    Jean became interested in Dana-Farber more than 30 years ago when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. She came from Philadelphia periodically to consult with Dr. David Livingston. He impressed the Sharfs with his very thoughtful and helpful assistance.

    In 1992, the Sharfs established a research fund at Dana-Farber in memory of Jean's mother and Jean became a Trustee. She continues to serve on Board committees and provides significant financial support.

    Jean and Fred are serious art collectors. They have donated thousands of pieces of artwork to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Fred has served as a Trustee of the museum, and Jean continues to serve as an Overseer. For the past ten years the Sharfs have organized exhibitions of original fashion art at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber, and Boston Children's Hospital.

    The Sharfs reside in Brookline, Massachusetts, New York City, and Palm Beach, Florida. Jean is a Trustee of the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Wherever she lives, she gets involved.