Bernard Goldstein, MD and Russellyn Carruth, Esquire
Bernard Goldstein, MD and Russellyn Carruth, Esquire have been outstanding philanthropic leaders for the University of Pittsburgh. Bernie, former dean of the Graduate School of Public Health, and his wife, adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Law, Russellyn, are proud to continuously support the University - and the Graduate School of Public Health - by providing generous gifts to ensure its successful future.
As dean of the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) from 2001-2004, Bernie has been intrinsically involved in the growth of the school and intimately knows how important gifts from alumni and friends are in the development of its thriving programs. "One of my greatest memories as dean was working with fantastic faculty and wonderful students," he explains, "Supporting initiatives that are important to my wife and me has always been our way to show our commitment to what we believe in."
Bernie and Russellyn have made multiple contributions to the University throughout the years, including a planned gift to GSPH through a Charitable Gift Annuity. Through a gift annuity, they are able to receive a guaranteed fixed income for life in exchange for their gift. "We were looking at options for making a planned gift and thinking about retirement at the same time," Bernie explains. "We immediately thought this was a great option for people like us who want to give philanthropically, but still would like the stability of using some of the funds to continue living our lives."
This thoughtful couple is also proud of being one of the first to support the new building fund at GSPH. "GSPH is growing so quickly and is now basically bursting at the seams," Bernie acknowledges. They're both excited to see how the new facilities will attract innovative and exciting researchers to complement the ones already a part of this exceptional school.
"We are honored to give to the Graduate School of Public Health," Russellyn explains. "Many times people make gifts after they've been ill because they are grateful for the care they've received. But, a gift to GSPH actually helps prevent illness, which is something we're all grateful for. Through our planned gift, we can be sure that their remarkable work will continue into the future."Return to all donor stories.