Donald ’67, SM ’69, and Glenda Mattes

Don Mattes began giving to the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT earlier than he himself was recognized with Alzheimer’s illness. Since his dying in 2020, his spouse, Glenda, has carried ahead Don’s ardour for its work. “My want is that nobody ever has to undergo the horrors of Alzheimer’s illness ever once more,” Glenda says. The Matteses have additionally supported the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT.

Legacy sparks hope. An early key worker of Andover Controls who later ran the corporate’s European operations, Don visited six continents with Glenda throughout their 30-year marriage—usually to ski or bicycle. “Don’s was a life nicely lived, simply too quick,” Glenda says. The couple made provisions of their property plan to assist the Picower Institute. After Don died, Glenda made a present to MIT of actual property that established each endowed and current-use funds there to assist analysis on Alzheimer’s, dementia, and different neurodegenerative ailments. Glenda is a most cancers survivor, and the reward additionally endowed a fund within the couple’s title on the Koch Institute.

Great discoveries being made at MIT: “Don all the time mentioned the most effective factor he acquired from MIT was being taught how one can suppose,” Glenda says. “MIT is a tremendous place. Picower Institute director Li-Huei Tsai and her staff are doing greater than searching for a remedy for Alzheimer’s. They’re searching for the foundation reason for the illness. I’m additionally fascinated with the Koch’s melding of engineering and biology. The possibilities they’re going to clear up the most cancers subject sometime are very excessive.” 

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