Family Honors Stony Brook Pharmacology’s Founder With Endowment 

The fund will support research and PhD students within the Department of Pharmacological Sciences at Stony Brook.

Arthur Grollman, MD.

The family of Arthur Grollman, MD, has established an endowed pharmacology fund at Stony Brook University to honor the late Distinguished Professor. In addition, the Arthur P. Grollman Seminar Room was named for him in the Basic Science Tower within the Department of Pharmacological Sciences.

Dr. Grollman joined the Stony Brook University faculty in 1974 and was named the first chair of the Department of Pharmacological Sciences at the newly founded School of Medicine, which opened its doors in August 1971. In the ‘90s, he served as associate dean for scientific affairs, and in 2003, he was named Distinguished Professor of pharmacological sciences. He also served as the Evelyn G. Glick Professor of Experimental Medicine and director of the Zickler Laboratory of Chemical Biology. Those who worked closely with Dr. Grollman said that the Department of Pharmacological Sciences flourished under his leadership and ranked fifth in the country.

“It’s hard to envision the department without Arthur,” said Michael Frohman, MD, PhD, distinguished professor and the current chair of pharmacological sciences at Stony Brook University’s Renaissance School of Medicine (renamed in November 2018). “Arthur pushed everyone, including himself, to excel, striving for the highest possible levels of achievement for the department.”

During his career, Dr. Grollman published more than 200 papers in molecular biology and cancer research. His recent work focused on the biological consequences of DNA damage and the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, mutagenesis and repair. Dr. Grollman also served on a number of scientific advisory committees and editorial boards, including the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Environmental Health Sciences Review Committee.

When he wasn’t working, Dr. Grollman could be found on treks with his oldest son to destinations like Mount Everest and the Alps. He also trekked the Karakoram mountains and the Andes. “Mountain climbing was one aspect of Arthur’s adventurous side,” said his wife, Annette Oestreicher Grollman. “He also loved playing the piano and violin. In fact, he helped support himself through school by playing the piano in bars.” Oestreicher Grollman said her husband often stood up for his colleagues and friends. “He was adamant about giving credit where credit was due. Over the years, he collaborated with so many scientists and researchers that he felt it was critically important to acknowledge each and every person who contributed to a project with him.”

Oestreicher Grollman and his three children established the Arthur Grollman Endowed Fund in Pharmacology. “We want Arthur’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of scientists and physicians to continue through this fund at Stony Brook University,” said Oestreicher Grollman. With the State Endowment Match Challenge and the Simons Infinity Investment Challenge, their gift will have triple the impact on the department and university.

Support for pharmacology PhD candidates could contribute to training expenses, travel to lectures and seminars and research equipment. “It was very important to Arthur that graduate students got the opportunity to share the results of their research at meetings and conferences,” explained Oestreicher Grollman.

Arthur Grollman, MD, his wife Annette Oestreicher Grollman in Morocco in 2019.
Arthur and Annette in Morocco in 2019.

Dr. Grollman’s family is thrilled that both the seminar room and the fund will bear his name. “Arthur spent close to 50 years at Stony Brook. He helped steer the curriculum and educational environment early on,” said Oestreicher Grollman. “We are honored that the Department of Pharmacological Sciences has chosen to continue Arthur’s legacy through this dedication.”

Frohman provided the overview that Dr. Grollman grew the department for 27 years and remained active within Stony Brook and the department for years after. “Arthur reinvented his own research programs several times to make noteworthy discoveries,” Frohman explained. “His legacy will live on through the generosity of his family to inspire future generations of scientists.”

Funding for the Arthur Grollman Endowed Fund in Pharmacology is eligible for both the New York State endowment match program and the Simons Infinity Investment Match Challenge, which have the potential to triple the impact an endowment gift will have on Stony Brook. For more information, visit stonybrook.edu/endowments. If you have interest or questions about endowments or the match opportunities, contact Scott Barrett, Senior Associate Vice President for Development, at (631) 632-9128 or scott.barrett@stonybrook.edu

-Christine McGrath

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