With great sadness we announce the death of S.L.E. Lupus Foundation founder Morrie Golick (1910-2012) in his 102nd year.
The Foundation was forged by his devotion to his daughter Susan and his determination to find answers when she was diagnosed with lupus. At the time, the outlook for lupus was relatively bleak, with little movement towards greater understanding of its cause or a potential cure.
The special father-daughter bond Susan and Morrie shared was the catalyst for what they conceived as a source of support for all people struggling with lupus in New York. The Golick family founded the Foundation in 1970 out of their living room.
At the Foundation Gala celebrating its 40th anniversary, Morrie reflected, "My daughter was just 24 when she was first diagnosed, and I felt she shouldn't suffer alone. I wanted to find a way others could benefit from our family’s difficult experience with lupus.”
The Foundation soon became his second career. He and Susan worked tirelessly to create patient-support services and awareness programs, always supporting lupus research in New York and then on the national level. Their conviction was compelling, drawing other families across the country into the loop as their fledgling foundation launched the beginning of the lupus movement in America. Because of his steadfast belief in the potential for a cure, many pivotal innovations, including the first lupus treatment in 50 years, were made during his lifetime.
To accelerate the pace of discovery, the Foundation launched the Lupus Research Institute (LRI) in 2000 to fund novel research into the causes of lupus and fellowships to support new investigators The Institute is now the world’s leading private supporter of innovative research in lupus — which to date accounts for more than $120 million for studies at the finest academic institutions throughout the country.
Morrie’s love for his daughter was the impetus for starting the Foundation but benefiting all lupus sufferers was his life’s goal. The family requests that, instead of flowers, donations be made to the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation to further Morrie’s search for better treatments and a cure. You may visit our Facebook page to share with the family how you have personally benefited from Morrie’s work in forging the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation and the Lupus Research Institute.
Morrie leaves a legacy of hope for his daughter and for all those who struggle with lupus every day. It is the hope only people can bring with caring support and only science can bring with the promise of a cure.