Jeffrey L. Keefer was named the 2013 Good Samaritan Awardrecipient at a formal reception at PAH on June 13. Since its inception in 1985,the Good Samaritan Award has been given annually to an individual who hasprovided exemplary volunteer leadership and support with a spirit of generosityand caring for PAH.
Shown from L to R: the 2013 Good Samaritan Award recipient, Jeffrey Keefer; Dr. Matthew Stern, director of the PD&MDC at PAH; Dr. Michael Buckley, PAH executivedirector; and Thomas Sharbough,chair of the PAH Board of Managers.
Mr.Keefer’s relationship with PAH is unique. Last summer, he and his wife Annedonated a gift of one million dollars in support of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center at PennsylvaniaHospital – where Mr. Keefer is also a patient.
Mr.Keefer retired from the DuPont Company in 2010, where he last served as anExecutive Vice President responsible for corporate strategy development, thePerformance Coatings Business, Information Technology, and overall cost andworking capital productivity programs. He also served from June 2006 through2009, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of DuPont.
Inretirement, Mr. Keefer has gotten heavily involved in supporting research forParkinson’s Disease. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of theMichael J. Fox Foundation, The Advisory Board of the Institute on Aging at theUniversity of Pennsylvania, and as president of the Board of Directors of thePhiladelphia Parkinson Council. He also serves on the Advisory Board of CVCCapital Partners, New York, the NOVELIS Sustainability Advisory Board inAtlanta, and the Board of Directors of Progressive Waste Solutions in Toronto.
The historic basis for the Good Samaritan Award is found inthe parable of the Good Samaritan from the Book of Luke in the Bible, 10:25-37:
Atraveler was attacked by thieves who robbed him and left him injured and dyingby the side of the road. Two different holy men passed by, leaving him dying,but then a stranger, a Samaritan, stopped and bound his wounds and took him toa nearby in to recover. The stranger gave the innkeeper some money for theman’s care and told the innkeeper, “Take care of him and I will repay thee.”
In 1751, PAH founding fathers Benjamin Franklin and Dr.Thomas Bond chose the lesson of the Good Samaritan as the theme for the seal ofour hospital – just one of the iconic images synonymous with PAH.