It is a gift that brings together two entities near and dear to Jean Grossman's heart – Israel and Barrow Neurological Institute – and that honors both her late husband and the man who helped him for many years, Abraham Lieberman, MD, the director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and Movement Disorders Clinic (MAPC-MDC).
The Harold and Jean Grossman Israeli Fellowship Program enables a neurologist from Israel to come to Barrow to teach and work in the MAPC-MDC. “The idea of connecting Israel, which is so dear to me and my family and everyone I know, to Barrow seemed like a wonderful opportunity,” says Jean.
The program encourages research collaborations. It gives Barrow and Israeli movement disorder specialists the opportunity to share ideas about diagnosis and treatment. And, ultimately, it improves care for patients.
Jean’s husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1995. Dr. Lieberman cared for him until his death in 2005. Although Parkinson’s ravaged his body, it did not destroy the generous, loving and giving spirit that made her husband so special, says Jean. “He was very dedicated to giving back to the community,” she says. “He was very active in many community causes in Minneapolis and here until he became ill. He really enjoyed raising money for causes he believed in.”
Jean was born in Sioux City, Iowa. By the time she was a teenager, she was well on her way to becoming a “professional volunteer.” World War II was raging, and she and her friends spent their free time raising money for soldiers and veterans. “I was on the street corner every weekend with a tin car for veterans,” Jean says.