With an extraordinary $25 million gift to Weill Cornell Medicine, philanthropists and visionaries Gale and Overseer Ira Drukier have established the Gale and Ira Drukier Institute for Children’s Health.
Please help us build upon the Drukier’s generosity and vision by supporting our patient-centered research along with our clinical and educational programs.
Philanthropic gifts, no matter the size, will enable Weill Cornell Medicine and the Drukier Institute to recruit some of the best and brightest scientists in pediatrics, provide funds to accelerate research progress on the cutting edge and train future leaders.
Expanding and enhancing the research programs at the Drukier Institute will lead the way to innovative and personalized therapy that will ensure the health of children now and in the future.
“As parents and grandparents, Gale and I appreciate the tremendous impact medicine can have on growing children,” says Dr. Ira Drukier. “When you cure children, you give them their entire life back. It’s with immense pride that we are able to make this investment, which will empower Weill Cornell Medical College to focus and direct all of its outstanding pediatric research under the auspices of one institute and provide vital resources to develop tomorrow’s treatments and cures.”
“It gives us great joy to be able to support Weill Cornell Medical College and make such a tremendous difference in children’s lives,” says Dr. Gale Drukier. “This gift also continues our enduring relationship with Cornell University, with which we have been connected for 40 years.”
Ira Drukier graduated from Cornell in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a focus on solid-state physics and in 1967 with a Master in Engineering, earning a doctorate in electrical engineering in 1973 from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He is co-owner of BD Hotels, LLC, a real estate development company that owns and operates more than two-dozen hotel properties in New York City, including the Mercer, Hotel Elysee and the Maritime.
Dr. Drukier has served on the Weill Cornell Board of Overseers since 2012, sat on Cornell University's Board of Trustees for eight years and was a member of the Cornell Tech Task Force to help develop the Cornell NYC Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. He is chair of the council for the Johnson Art Museum at Cornell, chair of the board of trustees building committee of the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, N.Y., and serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's President's Council. Dr. Drukier is vice-chair of the American Society for Yad Vashem and is a member of the Museum of Jewish Heritage's Board of Overseers.
Gale Drukier graduated from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development in 1972 with a degree in speech pathology and audiology, later earning a Master of Science ('73) and a Doctor of Education degree ('79) in audiology from Teacher's College at Columbia University. Dr. Drukier began her career as an audiologist at Bellevue Hospital and at Veterans Affairs hospitals in metropolitan New York, later joining Trenton State University — now the College of New Jersey — as a professor. After retiring from teaching, Dr. Drukier joined her family's business, BD Hotels, and has managed and renovated properties on Manhattan's West Side for more than 12 years.
Dr. Drukier also has been active at Cornell University, chairing the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art's Program Committee and is a member of the Plantations Council. Dr. Drukier is an animal lover, particularly of felines, and is on the board of directors of the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons
Mr. and Mrs. Drukier have a legacy of philanthropy at Cornell, having endowed the deanship at Cornell's College of Architecture, Art and Planning, endowed the curator of prints and drawings at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum and created a garden at Plantations at Cornell University. The couple is also active in the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, N.Y., and serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's President's Council. The Drukiers have one daughter and four grandchildren.