Louise Shivek and her husband, Herbert, have known each other
since childhood and both believe strongly in the value of
volunteerism for the good of the community. They live in Brookline
and have two daughters and three grandsons.
Louise graduated in 1946 from Boston University, College of
Liberal Arts and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
She became a member of Aid for Cancer Research, an organization
raising funds for cancer research in the Greater Boston area,
serving several times as president. Its medical advisory board
included Dr. Sidney Farber and Dr. Emil Frei III, who defined the
outstanding research and treatment programs at Dana-Farber.
Understandably impressed, Louise chose to volunteer in its
Development and Public Affairs department.
In 1975, a decision was made to establish the first auxiliary at
Louise accepted the position of administrative liaison between
Dana-Farber and the auxiliary, which required organizing the
essentials needed for its formation. Luncheons and coffees were
held for guests to hear directly from Physician-in-Chief Dr. Emil
Frei and many on the medical staff about the accomplishments and
future programs of Dana-Farber. The importance of an auxiliary to
support these expanding needs was emphasized.
In l976, after a year of basic planning, an outstanding Board of
Directors was formed with Sheila Cunningham as founding president.
Friends of Dana-Farber was the "new kid on the block" and had to
prove itself as a viable and contributing member of Dana-Farber.
Membership grew and was stimulated by the Friends' support of
research and its sponsorship of many patient service programs,
including a gift shop. The Friends finally made the public take
notice of this superb comprehensive cancer center which was
renowned in the medical community.
After retiring as liaison, Louise joined the Friends' Board and
served as chairman of numerous committees over the years and as
executive vice president.
She is one of four honorary directors of the Friends. Her
greatest gratification comes from gaining lasting friendships and
from playing a part in the growth of this dynamic auxiliary which
is supporting an organization striving constantly to find a cure
through research, while always considering patient care a top