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Oliver R. Grace Award

The Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research recognizes corporate and community leaders and other laypeople who have helped to advance cancer research through their fundraising, advocacy, or awareness efforts.

The Institute’s Oliver R. Grace Award recognizes the contributions of dedicated companies and individuals whose leadership has had a significant impact on cancer research. It is named in memory of Oliver R. Grace, CRI’s founding chairman, who died in 1992 and received the award posthumously the following year.

In 1975, CRI founder Helen Coley Nauts was the first recipient of this award, which is a commemorative medal. Other recipients include Mary Lasker in 1977 and Lewis Thomas, M.D., in 1987.

 

2014

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Jacques C. Nordeman
Chairman, Nordeman Grimm, Inc.

 

2013

Bahija Jallal, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Research and Development
AstraZeneca

Sean Parker
Serial tech entrepreneur and philanthropist

 

2012

Mark P. Frissora
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Hertz Corporation

Dr. Severin Schwan
Chief Executive Officer
Roche Corporation


2011

Mitchell H. Gold, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dendreon Corporation

Laura Ziskin (1950-2011)
Film Producer and Cancer Activist


2010

Andrew Witty
Chief Executive Officer
GlaxoSmithKline

Michael Kors
American Fashion Designer


2009

Fred Hassan
Chairman & CEO
Schering-Plough Corporation


2008

Carlos A. Ferrer
Founder & Managing Member
Ferrer Freeman & Company, LLC


2007

David R. Brennan
Chairman & CEO
AstraZeneca PLC

Wade F.B. Thompson
Chairman, CEO, & Co-Founder
Thor Industries, Inc.


2006

Julian H. Robertson Jr.
Chairman
Tiger Management LLC


2005

Robert L. Bratzler, Ph.D
President & CEO
Coley Pharmaceutical Group

Carol Hamilton
President
L'Oreal Paris


2004

Dr. Daniel L. Vasella
Chairman & CEO
Novartis AG


2003

Mrs. Anna-Maria Kellen
Philanthropist & CRI Trustee

Dr. Henry A. McKinnell Jr.
Chairman of the Board & CEO
Pfizer Inc.


2002

Katie Couric
Co-Anchor, NBC New's Today
Founder, National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance

Peter R. Dolan
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Bristol -Meyer Squibb Company


2001

Geoffrey T. Boisi
Vice Chairman
JPMorgan Chase & Co

Andrea Jung
Chief Executive Officer
Avon Products, Inc.

Kevin W. Sharer
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Amgen Inc.

Sidney Taurel
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Eli Lilly and Company


2000

Walter A. Gubert
Vice Chairman
J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated

Dr. Franz B. Humer
Chief Executive Officer
Head of Pharmaceuticals Division
F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.


1999

Robert C. Black
President
Zeneca Pharmaceuticals

Donald J. Gogel
President & CEO
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice 


1998

John S. Chalsty
Chairman
Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc.

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
U.S. Army, Retired

Wayne P. Yetter
President & CEO
Novartis Pharmaceuticals


1997

Jean-Pierre Garnier, Ph.D.
CEO
SmithKline Beecham

Allen D. Wheat
Chairman & CEO
Credit Suisse First Boston


1996

Michael H. Jordon
Chairman & CEO
Westinghouse Electric Corporation

Robert N. Wilson
Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
Johnson & Johnson


1995

Gordon Binder
Chairman & CEO
Amgen

John F. Smith Jr.
CEO & President
General Motors Corporation


1993

Oliver R. Grace


1987

Lewis Thomas


1977

Mary Lasker


1975

Helen Coley Nauts