Philanthropist Evelyn H. Lauder died on November 12 at her home in Manhattan. She served with distinction as a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Boards from 1990 until her death and was a generous and visionary supporter of Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Mrs. Lauder spearheaded the fund drive to build and equip the first Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, which opened in 1992 at 205 East 64th Street. This outpatient facility, which served as a model for breast cancer centers around the world, offered multidisciplinary care for breast cancer patients, who were able to see experts from surgeons to medical oncologists to psychiatrists and social workers all under one roof.
In 2009, Memorial Sloan Kettering opened the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center in a new home at 300 East 66th Street. This state-of-the-art center offers comprehensive breast cancer services in a patient-centered setting designed to accommodate evolving modalities in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. The serenity and beauty of the treatment areas reflect Mrs. Lauder’s commitment to building a home for patients and their physicians and nurses, and her belief in the healing power of nature, natural light, and art. The center also enables and facilitates the rapid translation of laboratory and clinical discoveries into meaningful advances for patients with cancer.
“Women with breast cancer and their families, as well as members of our treatment and research communities, will be forever grateful for Evelyn’s philanthropic support,” says Memorial Sloan Kettering President Craig B. Thompson. “We will profoundly miss her wisdom, guidance, warmth, and enthusiasm. But her tireless dedication to the improvement of treatment for breast cancer will continue to serve as an inspiration to us all.”