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Sackler, Arthur M., 1914-1987


Sackler, Dr. Arthur M. (1914-1987), a noted psychologist, medical researcher, and philanthropist, donated the funds used to build the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at the Boston campus of Tufts University.

Sackler was educated at Heights College of New York University in Brooklyn, where he majored in art history and English drama and minored in biology. After completing his undergraduate career, Sackler continued his education at New York University's Medical School. Upon graduation, Sackler was hired as a resident in psychiatry at Creedmor State Hospital. Soon he was named director of the Institute for Psychobiologic Studies, and he began his work as an editor. Sackler edited the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Psychobiology until he decided, in 1960, to found his own journal. Sackler established the Medical Tribune, which soon circulated to over one million readers in twenty different countries. Sackler also continued his work in the lab, gaining additional fame as the creator of Valium.

In 1983, Sackler gave Tufts University the largest donation it had received to that date, providing for the construction of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at the Boston campus of the Tufts University Medical School.

Sackler also provided the funds for the Sackler Center for Health Communications on the Boston Campus. Among Sackler's other philanthropic gifts are the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Beijing University, and the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv.

At Commencement exercises in 1984, Tufts honored Sackler's work by presenting him with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Sackler died of natural causes on May 26, 1987.

Source: OBS 8/27/84, TJ 6/18/87

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