New York Medical College

2004 press releases


Valhalla, N.Y., September 9, 2004 - New York Medical College will honor Brenda and John Fareri and three other distinguished community leaders at its annual Founder's Dinner. The event will take place on September 18 at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye Brook, N.Y.

Brenda and John Fareri of the Children's Hospital Foundation at Westchester Medical Center (WMC) will receive the William Cullen Bryant Award for distinguished leadership. The Fareris of Greenwich, Conn., are the founding benefactors of the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and New Regional Trauma Center at WMC, named for their 13-year old daughter Maria, who died in 1995.

Distinguished Service Awards will be presented to Joseph T. English, M.D., of Bronxville, N.Y., professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Louis E. Fierro, M.D. '60, a resident of Chappaqua, member of the Board of Trustees and immediate past president of the School of Medicine Alumni Association. The Jackson E. Spears Community Service Award will be given to Eugene F. Conroy, of Somers, N.Y., president of the Community Housing Management Corp., a real estate management and development company specializing in low and moderate income housing. Mr. Conroy also heads Community Housing Services Corporation, a non-profit organization that improves the operation of assisted housing through charitable contributions.

Dr. English is associate dean of New York Medical College and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers in New York. He is a nationally recognized leader in his field, having served as first president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and as Senior Delegate of the APA in the American Medical Association House of Delegates. He served as chief psychiatrist of the U.S. Peace Corps and then director for health affairs in the Office of Economic Opportunity, Executive Office of the President of the United States, during the Kennedy administration.

Dr. Fierro is a 1960 graduate of the College and has been a member of the faculty since 1963. He has been active in the Alumni Association, serving two terms as president and a member of the Board of Governors since 1968, and the Board of Trustees since 2001. Dr. Fierro is a fellow of the American College of Anesthesiology and the American College of Chest Physicians.

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