The Lovejoy Legacy

By Colleen G. Casey

Inside the Hunnewell Building of Boston Children’s Hospital, ­­­­­­­­­­­underneath the institution’s iconic green dome, portraits of prestigious doctors hang on the atrium walls.

 As you make your way to the second floor, you will pass the likeness of Dr. Sidney Farber, who achieved the world’s first successful remission of acute leukemia, and later went on to found the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. You will see the portrait of Dr. John Enders, who won the Nobel Prize for successfully culturing the polio virus, making possible the development of the Salk and Sabin vaccine. And just before you enter the department of pediatrics, you will be greeted by the warm ­­­and vibrant painting of Dr. Frederick H. Lovejoy Jr. The perfect spot for a man who has dedicated his life to helping and inspiring others.

It is nearly impossible to put a number on the lives Lovejoy has impacted. Throughout his 50-year career, he has dedicated himself to helping the organizations he cares about thrive. As the associate physician-in-chief and deputy chairman of Boston Children’s Hospital, and the William Berenberg Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Lovejoy has trained numerous pediatricians and treated thousands of patients. As vice president and long-time supporter of the Museum of Science, he was instrumental in making the Museum the beloved cultural institution it is today.


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