The Goodman family: committed to cancer research

Rosalind and Morris Goodman - Owen Egan

Morris and Rosalind Goodman are no strangers to philanthropy. Their generosity embraces a wide range of causes close to both their hearts. Their latest donation to rename the McGill Cancer Centre as the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Centre is just as meaningful for the couple, who have a longstanding relationship with McGill.

“I loved my years as a McGill student,” says Mrs. Goodman, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963. “I loved meeting so many people from so many different countries and schooling. We wanted our children to have the best education possible and we are so proud that three of the four made the same decision to study here.” Mr. Goodman also spent one year of his undergraduate degree at McGill before attending the Faculty of Pharmacy at Université de Montréal.

The Morris and Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation’s generous gift will also support a Chair to attract a world-class scholar who will make major contributions to the study of cancer, with emphasis on pulmonary cancer. In addition, their donation will help train young researchers to lead tomorrow’s cancer breakthroughs.

Supporting translational research in the life sciences is a natural fit for the Goodmans. Mr. Goodman, who is a pioneer of the generic drug industry, is co-founder of Pharmascience Inc., a Montreal-based pharmaceutical company that is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It is ranked fifth in Quebec for investment in pharmaceutical research and development because Mr. Goodman understands the value of fundamental research to drug delivery. “Without basic discoveries, we would not be in business,” he says. “We are grateful to be able to invest in the efforts of McGill’s cancer investigators whose groundbreaking work will undoubtedly advance clinical treatments.”

Having been personally affected by cancer, Mrs. Goodman feels fortunate that she is in a position to support research on this all-too-common disease. “This donation is our way to give back to the community and it sets an example for our four children who are already heavily involved in charitable work.” Mr. and Mrs. Goodman hope that one day cancer will be a disease of the past and they want to be part of making that dream a reality. “’Bashert’ is a Yiddish word that means destiny and that perfectly describes our gift,” says Mrs. Goodman. “This just feels right.”