Jeffrey L. Keefer was named the 2013 Good Samaritan Award recipient at a formal reception at PAH on June 13. Since its inception in 1985, the Good Samaritan Award has been given annually to an individual who has provided exemplary volunteer leadership and support with a spirit of generosity and caring for PAH.
Shown from L to R: the 2013 Good Samaritan Award recipient, Jeffrey Keefer; Dr. Matthew Stern, director of the PD&MDC at PAH; Dr. Michael Buckley, PAH executive director; and Thomas Sharbough, chair of the PAH Board of Managers.
Mr. Keefer’s relationship with PAH is unique. Last summer, he and his wife Anne donated a gift of one million dollars in support of the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorder Center at Pennsylvania Hospital – where Mr. Keefer is also a patient.
Mr. Keefer retired from the DuPont Company in 2010, where he last served as an Executive Vice President responsible for corporate strategy development, the Performance Coatings Business, Information Technology, and overall cost and working capital productivity programs. He also served from June 2006 through 2009, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of DuPont.
In retirement, Mr. Keefer has gotten heavily involved in supporting research for Parkinson’s Disease. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, The Advisory Board of the Institute on Aging at the University of Pennsylvania, and as president of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Parkinson Council. He also serves on the Advisory Board of CVC Capital Partners, New York, the NOVELIS Sustainability Advisory Board in Atlanta, and the Board of Directors of Progressive Waste Solutions in Toronto.
A traveler was attacked by thieves who robbed him and left him injured and dying by the side of the road. Two different holy men passed by, leaving him dying, but then a stranger, a Samaritan, stopped and bound his wounds and took him to a nearby in to recover. The stranger gave the innkeeper some money for the man’s care and told the innkeeper, “Take care of him and I will repay thee.”
In 1751, PAH founding fathers Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond chose the lesson of the Good Samaritan as the theme for the seal of our hospital – just one of the iconic images synonymous with PAH.