Lovejoy remembers working alongside Cahners in 1978, serving as the chair of the Trustee Solicitation Committee. “Early on I was tasked with learning how to solicit gifts from people who loved the Museum,” Lovejoy recalled. “It was a great experience. By that time in my life I was publishing for medicine. Writing for philanthropy was my break from medical science and I loved it.” Lovejoy also chaired the Leadership Gifts Committee during the 1984 campaign.
When the Mugar Omni Theater opened in 1987, he made a significant gift and named a seat in honor of his parents. In 1989 Lovejoy, along with his wife Jill, rededicated the Museum Gift Shop in honor of his mother and father, 25 years after his mother had originally opened it.
“By then I had spent a good amount of time at the Museum and I really loved it. It was so formative,” he said. “I was really embedded in the Museum. I was involved with campaigns and if I was going to ask for money, I knew I better give some as well.”
A member of the Chairman’s Circle, Lovejoy’s support has helped shape the Museum that we know and love today. He has been a constant advocate and champion, consecutively making a gift every fiscal year dating back to 1970. Lovejoy is also a member of the Washburn Society, which honors and thanks donors who have included the Museum in their estate plans.His bequest will ensure the Museum will thrive for generations to come.
“Growing up my parents stressed the importance of philanthropy. We were fortunate. From a young age I learned what a privilege it was to be in Boston and how important it is to support its great cultural institutions. My loyalty comes out of a debt to the Museum with what it afforded me as a young man.”
Through his professional accomplishments, dedication to education, and fervent philanthropic support, Dr. Lovejoy embodies and exemplifies the Museum’s mission of empowering the next generation of critical thinkers and problem solvers.