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Taubman was a wonderful company to work for the short time I lived in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Mr. Taubman will be missed.
I am so saddened to learn of Al’s passing. He was an unforgettable person. My thoughts are with his family on this sad day.
Dear Bob,and the entire Taubman family-
I just want to express my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your dad. The service was a beautiful tribute,to an incredible man! I have many great memories of when we were “kids”on bell road.
Be well- kindest regards- Joel
May this brilliant creative man who has done so much for so many be remembered by all. Through his hard work and very generous contribution of resources and time he has added substantially to the success of The Taubman Company and the various charitable ventures he has supported. Our condolences to the Taubman family and the personnel at The Taubman Company and allied ventures for the loss of this great man.
With sincere sympathy,
Thomas G. Jordan and Elizabeth Courtney
I visited Mr. Taubman’s office October 19, 2010 to personally thank him for his generous contribution to the Children’s Dyslexia Center that I represented.
He expressed cordial and warm regard for our philanthropy.
I am greatfull for having met him.
With sincere condolences to the Taubman family from your Canadian friends,
Jonathon and Christine Gold
Please accept our condolences upon the passing of your father, may he rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you and your family experience no more sorrow
You have probably heard by now of the passing of A. Alfred Taubman. We have lost a dear friend and educational partner, one of the genuine leaders and best.
Our hearts go out to his family, friends, loved ones, and all those he has touched with his considerable generosity and commitment to a better University of Michigan. I know many of you knew him well.
The University of Michigan – and the opportunities we provide to our students – would not be the same without Alfred. . He valued state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, research and patient care, and he was always mindful of supporting the activities that take place inside the university and the buildings that bear his name. He provided scholarships to our students, enhanced the way we teach architecture and urban planning, and gave our faculty the opportunity to launch unparalleled medical research initiatives.
His legacy at the University of Michigan will forever reflect his generosity, impact, and passion for advancing opportunities for our campus, its students and the health and well-being of all members of society. His strong support of the University of Michigan during his life will be further augmented by the provisions he made in his will for the university’s future.
He was a great man– successful, generous and warm. But he also was someone who held all those around him to high standards. He helped drive excellence at Michigan not just through his philanthropy, but by the advice he gave to multiple presidents and the fact that he held us to account to get the very most out of everything we did.
Our entire community will deeply miss Alfred and his commitment to our campus and students.
On a personal level, although I had only known Alfred for less than a year, he was extremely warm, kind and welcoming to me. I am so glad we got to thank him once again in public at the recent Taubman School groundbreaking. I will miss him dearly.
Dear Gayle, it’s 5am sun. morning and we driving in from Miami airport after an exceptional art based tour in Sao Paolo and Rio . It’s a bit surreal to be writing this Email condolence note (21c accepts this format tho MY mother would be shocked ) under such a dark sky. It is such a time of darkness for you and the family and tho 91 yrs ought to be enough time to share in ones life , it’s Never enough when you have had the kind of relationship you shared with your dad. Cherish his smile ( it’s yours) and so , so many wonderful memories. Chuck joins me in sending our Most sincere condolence to You and your family.
Thinking of you, with love , Sara
Please accept our condolences on the passing of your dear father. This is such a sad time for you and your family. There are so many who will feel the loss of this incredible man but the relationship between a father and daughter is like none other and our hearts go out to you. Please know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time.
With love and deepest sympathy,
Laurie and Mitchell
My heart is with you, Michael, all your children and with your father. The gift is how wonderful a family he loves and is loved in return.
I am here for you.
I am so sorry to learn of Alfred’s passing. Words cannot express the depth of my admiration for him and for you and the family. His life was a most remarkable journey through a series of events, people and places that or whom were all better off for having his presence. I cherish already the myriad memories of moments with him and the family.
I am standing by to help in any way that I possibly can.
Please pass along my thoughts and prayers to all members of your family.
With respect, admiration and sorrow,
I would like to share my deepest condolences with you and your family during this most difficult time. Your father was a visionary in every sense of the word and being in his presence was nothing less than inspiring. I vividly remember Passover at PBCC a few years ago when your father told my brother and I countless stories of when he was a young man and beginning his career. His passion, energy and enthusiasm was what resonated with me the most – it is a night I will never forget. He was truly a renaissance man.
With Alfred Taubman’s passing, the whole world got a little less fun and interesting. It was an honor and great luck for me to be a small part of his life. What an amazing difference one person can make in the lives of so many. May his extraordnary life continue to inspire us all.
Al lived a remarkable and meaningful long life and left a bountiful legacy including a wonderful family and generous philanthropy. He will be missed by all those whose lives he benefitted and touched and we hope that family and friends will find solace through memories of love and laughter.
With sincere condolences,
Sondra and David Mack
Toby and I were very saddened to learn of your father’s passing. He led an extraordinarily productive life and leaves behind a wonderful legacy. You should take great pride in his accomplishments.
Toby and Lee
Please know I am with you in spirit and with all my love. I am so sad and so sorry for your profound loss. I thought immediately that your dad died on 4/17 and your mom on 8/17. And one in August, and one in April: AA. I know you, my dear, beloved friend, and you probably thought of this already.
I’ll watch your Dad’s service on the live feed MK emailed about; thousands of people.
My G-d. Gayle, that is incredible. Your father was so admired, famously honored and adored. He did so many extraordinary, astounding, and phenomenal things with his life. I know you have always rightfully been so proud of him: all of his work and invaluable Medical, Educational, Art and Business contributions to the world. And then, all of his love and advice as your father and Grandfather to the boys.
That photo you sent me of your Dad with Aaron is priceless. A loving, thrilling, joy of his life, I’m sure. A beautiful great-grandson named AAron. Your son Philip and Hilary gave him such a cherished gift, the highlight of his legacy amongst a world of philanthropy, creation, and love. I know you are going through so much now, Gayle. Remember I love you and thank your dad for bringing up my dear, treasured friend.
My condolences to Bobby, Billy and their families as well. All of you.
With all my love. I will see you as soon as possible. I’m here for whatever you want or need, as always. Tony, Todd and Tracy, Scott and Julie, and their children send you and your family their deepest condolences and love.
I am sorry to hear the news about My good friend Al Taubman. He was a great man who helped many people, including me. I directed the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University and run the Taubman Forum at the Brookings Institution. Through each, Al gave me a chance to participate in discussion about education, healthcare, governance and public policy. I am very grateful for all he did for me and many others.
We have just heard the sad message that your beloved father passed away. We are deeply sorry. He was a real giant, a great world pioneer of his profession and most of all a very beloved father and grandfather. (and grand-grand father of sweet Aaron).
We share with you the deep sorrow and send our most warm hugs in these sad moments.
Raya and Amir
Mr. Taubman will certainly be missed by his family and all his friends.
His larger than life personality was such a pleasure to be around.
We were lucky enough to spend time with him on and off the golf course. It was always fun with Alfred.
As close friends to his family, we know there will certainly be a void. This void will hopefully be filled as his spirit lives through all of them.
He will be greatly missed!!
I deeply hope on some level the three of you were prepared for today—I was in my “head” as your father’s doctor and had tried in that role to prepare each of you, but in my “heart” as a friend and someone who loved him deeply, I realize this evening I was not at all expecting Alfred to die now—not even remotely. I kept thinking if I only could fix “this one problem” then he would turn the corner—but as one problem resolved another occurred. I knew in my head we were finished, but my heart would not let go.
It is slowly sinking in that I had my last conversation with him today—the end of 18 years of spending time with a man who transformed all of our lives in so many remarkable ways but maybe mine in particular.
This last year was difficult for Alfred—doctors’ visits, medical decisions, discussions, informed consents, referrals, operations, hospitalizations—and yet through it all, there were few complaints from him, on the contrary—there were simply more stories and we went from one to many daily calls.
Have you three ever wondered what your Dad talked to me about every day? Of course there was science, the Institute and his scholars, wanting to create new research space—but a great deal of time, the conversation was about you, your spouses and children. I would hear about Asia trips, cNBC appearances, his worry over your injured leg—graduations from Cranbrook, Harvard, Brown, Stanford—getting into Georgetown and Pitzer—going to Technion–building houses, remodeling apartments—shopping center openings and the value of Taubman stock—a frequent discussion (all tied in with comments on how well B and B were running the company)—and the great joy of becoming a great grandfather. And of course, I could go on and on and on.
Why do I write this tonight? Because Alfred died a good death, a death he would have chosen. I want you each to know that. He was with 2 of his 3 children, their spouses and grandchildren. He was having dinner with the people he loved and actually he had been feeling much better today. As dying goes, Alfred died just the way he wanted. Maybe that shouldn’t come as a surprise—as in the end, he usually did just what he wanted, didn’t he?
There are no words to express my sorrow, yet in the same vein no words to express my joy that he was with you tonight.
I was surprised and saddened to hear about your father’s passing, but so glad to hear that all was peaceful. He left quite a legacy – not least of which was this wonderful family.
May you all find solace during this time in many memories of his love and contributions to his family, Detroit, and the world. He was one of a kind, for sure!
I am fortunate to work for the Taubman Family Office. I was blessed to have met Mr. Taubman on a few occasions over the years.
I was sadden when I received the news of Mr. Taubman’s death, he was an extraordinary man. My prayers go to the entire Taubman family.
Fiona and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your beloved father. In this era of estranged child-parent relationships, you and your dad had, based on our observation, a close, loving and respectful relationship – one in which he received the honor due him. This past week we read in the Torah about four animals who had one of the two characteristics that render an animal kosher – a cloven hoof, and chewing the cud. The pig, because it has a cloven hoof gives the outward appearance of being kosher, but because it does not chew its cud it is not kosher. Your father was genuine through and through! He was beloved by so many because his outer self was just as refined as his inner self. You must have grown up in awe of your father’s incredible accomplishments. It is not often that one has a father who transformed American life. Your dad created modern market places akin to ancient Greek agorae, the communal centers of Greek life. Combined with his business acumen was your father’s kindness toward others. He truly wore the crown of good deeds. We know that your sorrow is profound, but we hope you gain a degree of solace and comfort from knowing how much you gave to him – two highly accomplished grandsons, one of whom is following in your dad’s career foot steps; a great grandson; and a devoted son-in-law. Most of all, what you gave him was love and respect. You too wear the crown of good deeds.
We pray that you suffer no more sorrow and that you are comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
A. Alfred Taubman was an innovator, an artist, a mogul, and a family man with great values. Many times I have seen his broad engaged smile while talking with his children or grand children, usually over a meal. He was the center of the family’s life and he will be missed dearly.
A man of his stature and genius lives on in the hearts of those who knew him and literally millions of those who didn’t, but who have and will have their lives enriched by his accomplishments in real estate, art, philanthropy and especially in medical research.
On a personal note – he was very kind to me. I had the great pleasure of being involved with him professionally and over the years he would personally call me “out of the blue” and would say in his bellowing voice – “Bruce this is Al – I want you to call (name) he needs your help, he has an insurance account that needs you – I want you to call him now – he is expecting your call.” To me this says so much about how he lived his life – he wanted his friends to succeed and solve problems, he connected people, he made things happen – for the better.
Al, you will be missed and never forgotten.
My heart goes out to you and your family. Your Dad was brilliant and a dynamic business leader. He changed the world in so many ways with his generosity and lust to achieve great things. He surely has a beautiful, smart daughter, wonderful grandchildren and was lucky to be blessed as a grandfather too. We count our blessings each day and life is always a challenge. You, I’m sure always made him proud. It saddened me to read the NY Times today. I was on a plane from Palm Beach to NY and wished I could give you a big elbow hug.
I’m a voice that loves you and would be so happy, one day, to hear your fondest memories of your Dad. Be strong. I hope you can. But, feeling grief is so important too.
We have lost a dear friend, a devoted partner and an exceptional human being. Our condolences to the entire Taubman and Kalisman families.
Mort, Carole, Michael, Andrea Olshan and Michael Odell
I’ll always remember our flight discussion with your dad!! What fun. I will miss him a lot. Not many people like uncle al. Thought he would live forever!!! Big kisses to you, Michael and the kids. Beth
We express our deepest sympathy in the passing of your beloved father, Al Taubman. May his memory of all the wonderful things he did for others be remembered. May you be comforted at this difficult time , to know we care about you during this loss.
I am so saddened by the news ….
Mr. Taubman was a BRILLIANT AND GREAT MAN……
I cherish the memory of our lunch in Southampton last summer with Mrs. Taubman, Gayle Kalisman, Dr. Kalisman and him!
Know that my thoughts are with you and your entire family at this time……
I was the lucky one running alongside a giant of a man whose vision, passion and force of will inspired us all to raise our personal bars. In our 23 years together, I bursted with pride to have played a small part in his innumerable great works and achievements. Laughing with Mr Taubman was an hourly pleasure of most days, even those that presented challenges that few men could face. In these sad days at present, I honor his memory in soldiering on to continue to advance his bold vision with joy, strength and determination. I have never met a more positive soul, and his legacy remains a road map for leading a meaningful life. I extend my deepest condolences to all of the family, the times with whom were his greatest joy. With love, Melinda (Tonto)
Beyond Mr. Taubman’s widely known extraordinary accomplishments in business and philanthropy, what I have found to be most astounding is the personal reach and connections he shared with so many people.
Although a giant in physicality and personality, he was a man of of great warmth, humor, empathy, and a certain down-to-earthness few possess. He truly appreciated the success that he had achieved and loved his family above all else.
I can’t imagine how many lives Mr. Taubman touched and my heart goes out to the Taubman family for their loss.
Billy and I were so saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing. We have fond memories of him from times we spent together with Bobby and Linda. We know what a tremendous loss this is to you and your family. Please know we are thinking of you at this difficult time.
Love, Elaine and Billy
Am very sad to hear that. I heard a lot about him. i have a chance to see him at Puerto Rico mall of San Juan by the grand opening. but as we know he is in a good place right now resting with the king of the world and watching us. am sending my sharing to is family
Lawrence Technological University (LTU) lost one of its biggest heroes and supporters in Mr. Taubman’s passing. He was much loved and admired by the faculty, staff, administrators and the thousands of our accomplished graduates whose lives were positively impacted by his involvement in the life of the institution. Not only we take great pride in mentioning “Alfred Taubman was one of our star students”but also that he was a caring professional who taught courses at LTU to give back to the university the knowledge of the craft (Real Estate) he had mastered professionally. Mr. Taubman’s influence and impact of his generous support are visible all over the campus. The modern and the state-of-the art ‘flagship building” that carries his name houses the Student Center with one-stop support facilities. The newest and the second building, A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Life Sciences and Architecture Complex, scheduled to open in 2016 will be home to the Marburger STEM Center providing the latest technology-based programs in Robotic Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Embeded Software Engineering and Life sciences. The University is very grateful for the care and support of a visionary business leader and a kind human being. Personally, I am enriched by the opportunity of spending some time with him, visiting with him in Michigan and NY and traveling to review buildings that might influence the design of the Taubman Complex at LTU.
We extend our heart-felt sympathy and condolences to the Taubman family.
It is impossible to capture the essence of a man so great in words, but it is easy to say that the world is less for the loss of Alfred Taubman. It is less happy, less optimistic, less intelligent, less kind, and far less interesting. My life has been so greatly enriched for having known him. His memory will surely serve as a continued inspiration for me and for all who were blessed to know him. My deepest condolences to the Taubman family. Ethan Penner
While I met Alfred in a professional situation, he quickly became my friend. He never stood on ceremony, he was quick to accept you for who you were. Whether a person of means or just a ‘regular’ individual, once he got to know you, he made every effort to be your friend. He was a great storyteller who shared his experiences with you, good and bad, and always with that warm smile.
I was privileged and honored to be on a first name basis with this wonderful gentleman who always made me feel warm and welcomed.
I will miss him with all my heart and my visits with him over the last five years are forever implanted in my mind.
He was always cheerful, even after his many surgeries and never forgot about those less fortunate than him despite the physical pain he was feeling.
The world is a better place for having Al in it. He will forever be remembered for all he has done for those less fortunate.
A great man, with a strong belief in family of which he spoke proudly and often.
The family can be proud of the imprint he has left in Michigan and beyond.
My sympathy to the Taubman family for your loss.
I was privileged to meet Mr. Taubman on several occasions during the many years I was at Lawrence Tech. He was a kind and caring gentleman, and his legacy of good works is an inspiration to the students at LTU.
Alfred was a great man who had an enormous impact on my life and the lives of countless others. His commitment to quality, knowledge, education and medical research will reverberate for generations to come. I was blessed to have known him for 30 years. I will miss his laugh and his wisdom.
we miss you greatly and we have all lost a wonderful, kind and generous man and a great friend. May you rest in the peace which you so deserve.
All of us here at MBI wish to send the Taubman family and the Taubman Company family our deepest sympathies. Mr. Taubman was an incredibly generous, genuine, and extraordinary man. I feel extremely lucky to have gotten the chance to meet him and to hear him laugh. Even though it may be cliché to say, Mr. Taubman was indeed a giant among men. Sharp, funny, charming, industrious. We have lost a man who was committed to making this world a better place.
What more can we say about Alfred Taubman: a true Reneissance man who was a giant among those who knew him. He lived the American dream, self made, so generous, and until the end had a wonderful curiosity about life. Whatever endeavor, business, the arts, sports, and of course, philanthrophy, he participated at the highest level. We were proud to call him our friend. He will be sorely missed.
A .Alfred Taubman first came in to my life many many years ago, when he came to the rescue of Sotheby’s. A tiring figure – incredibly frightening and I wouldn’t have dreamt of even smiling at him – just a polite nod ! But we were all so grateful to him for gathering Sotheby’s into his fold – and the company flourished. Years later somehow I landed up, occasionally, standing in as his scatty PA whilst he was in Sotheby’s New Bond Street – and how I remember all the plans, drawings and scribbles for the Sotheby’s cafe. And what a triumph the cafe was. And then – with my experience (which wasn’t great!) in the travel industry and looking after groups, I went as ‘nanny’ on many of Big Al’s completely amazing Golf Tournaments – Scotland, Paris, Ireland and other fantastic locations. By this time – A. Alfred Taubman – I called Big Al which was rather forward of me, but he just was Big Al – with a capital B. The fun we had on the Golf Tours, me chasing after Big Al in a golf cart as he strided out well ahead of everyone else – the plotting and planning the day events and the sumptuous dinners, being rung up in the early hours of the morning as he couldn’t find his socks, and the final day – huge excitement at lunch for the presentations to the winners, runners up and last to the post ! And endlessly on the telephone to the fabulous Melinda checking out things and seeking guidance. Happy days indeed and pretty hard work ! Big Al was AWESOME – so incredibly kind, fun and the most generous generous heart imaginable. He truly enhanced my life, and I count it as one of my life’s greatest privileges to have know him. I shall alway always remember Big Al with huge affection and love. Thank you Big Al for you being you.
I am so very sorry to hear about Mr. Taubman’s passing away. Getting to know Mr. Taubman over these past few years has been one of the very special experiences in my life. He was a larger than life character and a treasure of stories and wisdom. I am so glad I got to spend time with him in Palm Beach. He was his usual extraordinary self -even walking across the house to the back without waiting for any help – unnerving the person he was supposed to call when he wanted to get around. We talked about politics, business, Judaism, family and mortality and he was so fundamentally idealistic and hopeful. We wanted to know how my work was going creating great rabbis and making Judaism work. He described what it was like growing up and his father losing everything and the beginnings of his own climb to success. He told me about the principles he never veered from in business. He spoke about his family and how happy and proud he was of everyone. And sitting in the back wearing his fedora sun hat with all his charisma and charm – despite his recent brush with death – he looked at me and said, “I have had an extraordinary life, no one could imagine my life…there is nothing I haven’t done. I’m okay whenever my time comes.”
I feel blessed and honored to have known Mr. Taubman. I will never forget his warmth, his energy, his insights, his stories, his remarkable way of being in the world. In truth, I loved Al.
I am sure the family’s sense of loss is beyond words but I just want to express my condolensces to you perosnally. Al Taubman’s passing is a great loss for all of us who really knew him- for his family, for his company, for Detroit, for this country, for the Jewish people and indeed for all humanity.
His memory will indeed be a blessing.
I will miss him. I am better for having known him.
With deep respect,
Rabbi Irwin Kula
Bobby, Gayle & Billy,
I am unable to sleep. All I can think about is the pain and loss you must be experiencing and the fact that Big Daddie is gone. I was in the same spot 11 years ago and witnessed the passing of my own father. This brings those memories back front and center. One can hardly put into words what it is like. In my case I swear to this day that I saw his life, spirit and soul lift out of his body and rise into the heavens. It is as clear a vision today as it was the reality then.
Your father was a remarkable man. He accomplished many things in his lifetime, but the things that I will always remember him for is his love for his sons and daughter, his ability to see good in everything he experienced and his mind, genius and intellect but most of all……….his honesty. He sees the world differently than others and wasn’t afraid to speak the truth, regardless of consequences to himself. He never stopped thinking of how he could make a difference. I say all of this in the present tense for a reason. “May God be with you til you meet again”.
I had lunch with him 3 weeks ago and all he wanted to talk about was how we could fix public education. Walbridge has a motto that describing its mission. Al was one person that truly exemplified it. “Build for good” / “Built for Good”..
When you really think about sorrow it is a word that is closely akin to love. It is on these occasions that we have our deepest feelings and most profound thoughts. Sympathy makes it possible for feelings to flow from one to another and hopefully within our own hearts we experience something of the suffering of others. In fact, what is sorrow but a tender side of love? I once read a poem that seemed to capture the essence of a loved one and their passing.
God saw he was getting tired
and a cure was not to be.
So He put His arm around him and
whispered, Come With Me.
With tearful eyes we watched
him suffer and fade away.
Although, we loved him dearly,
we could not make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
hard working hands to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us.
He only takes the best.
Meeting again is a certainty. There is a poem that express this beautifully.
In a beautiful blue lagoon on a clear day,
a fine sailing ship spreads its brilliant white canvas
in a fresh morning breeze and sails out to the open sea.
We watch her glide away magnificently through
the deep blue and gradually see her grow smaller and smaller
as she nears the horizon.
Finally, where the sea and sky meet,
she slips silently from sight; and someone near me says,
“There,,,,,,, she is gone”
Gone where? Gone from sight, that is all.
She is still as large in mast and hull and sail,
still just as able to bear her load.
And we can be sure that, just as we say,
“There, she is gone!”,
another standing in a far away port
looking upon the horizon says,
“Look there she comes”.
Your pops was a great man, fabulous friend, mentor and coach. I have been blessed to have known him, learn from him and loved him.
I was fortunate to get to know Mr. Taubman when I was managing the scholarship programs at the University of Michigan. He proposed the idea of providing scholarships for students from the Queens School in Jordan to attend UM. He thought some of these underprivileged students should have a chance to attend a great school like UM. And, he didn’t just provide all funding for their schooling he invited them to his house for dinner to share ideas. Plus, when one of them invited them to his apartment in Ann Arbor for dinner he did attend. Most of these students have now returned to Jordan and have been very successful. This is a great tribute to Mr. Taubman.
I enjoyed talking with Mr. Taubman in establishing this scholarship. He talked about his book “Threshold Resistance” with me when he was writing it and I was honored when he signed a copy for me.
I admired him and found him to be a great inspiration.
I enjoyed working with Mr taubman for severals years and i never forget his pleasure smile and kindness,the humanity lost a great pilathropist!! And hard working man.God bless his soul.Please accept the our condolences
I had the great opportunity to work at The Taubman Company for 30 years, and the honor of interacting with Mr. Taubman many times over the years. The one I will remember most was the last conversation I had with him. We spoke about health and age and the challenges of getting older. We talked about his health and he asked about my dad’s health. He talked about the importance of keeping the mind sharp by reading, having conversations, and being active in the community — and most of all, keeping a sense of humor. I shared that conversation with my dad. I will always appreciate Mr. Taubman’s kind heart, big smile, and his words of wisdom. I feel so lucky to have met him.
To me, the Taubman Institute represents a celebration of a life well-lived, and a deep desire to make a difference for the good of the world. Mr. Taubman was always a visionary, striving to invent and reinvent. He was amazingly successful at that. I’m fortunate to have made Mr. Taubman’s acquaintance, and am very proud to be part of the Taubman Institute.
When one has an inspiration to further high risk, high reward translational science, and operationalizes it, it has the most meaning for those patients who ultimately benefit from that inspiration and kindness. Mr. Taubman’s inspiration has motivated young as well as established scientists to heed his call to provide help for those afflicted with disease. The world is in a better place through that inspiration.
Mr. Taubman supported the research in my laboratory. He took the time to listen to me and to encourage the progress we were making towards better treatments for people who were infected with HIV. He helped me and the trainees in my lab. I am grateful for this and I am honored to have known him. He will be greatly missed.
Alfred was a great and inspiring man. The establishment of the Taubman Institute was grounded in his desire to end human suffering from diseases including dementia, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and childhood cancer. I am grateful to have met him. His kindness and passion for science to improve the human condition were both inspiring and a great motivator for me and my research team.
I got to know Mr. Taubman about four years ago when I was being considered to become a Taubman Scholar. I showed him our work in treating liver tumors with a unique radiation therapy approach and was amazed at how quickly he understood the concepts and of the quality of the questions he asked. He was 100 percent on target and very perceptive.
In addition to his well-known passion for architecture and for building, he had a keen mind and depth of insight well beyond what I would expect from the average intelligent lay person. Maybe it is because radiation therapy depends on three dimensional thinking, and his “architectural brain” was already trained that way.
He will be missed.
Alfred Taubman’s vision in creating the Taubman Medical Institute has been transformative. His generosity has allowed us to form the collaborations and pursue the type of high risk-high reward research that is critical to advance our field.
It is difficult to convey what Mr. Taubman did for me, personally, to push forward new lines of research in my own lab. I was fortunate to have lunch with Mr. Taubman last year at his office, where his curiosity about many things, including science, was on full display – impressive indeed! I saw firsthand his deep commitment to spur Taubman Scholars toward new insights into human disease and, from that knowledge, better therapies. Mr. Taubman made, and will continue to make, a major impact on what many of us do in our labs and at the bedside.
Mr. Taubman was an extraordinary pioneer, innovator and visionary and I had the good fortune to first meet him in 2011 when I joined the Taubman Medical Research Institute as an Emerging Scholar. Of the discussions I’ve had with Mr. Taubman over the years, several of which incidentally were on salmon fishing in my home country Iceland, I have always been struck by his inquisitive mind and openness. Through his vision the work that he has enabled at the Taubman Medical Research Institute will have a world-wide impact in the years and decades to come. Thank you Mr. Taubman for all you have done
Mr. Taubman’s generosity and commitment to the University of Michigan has impacted my every phase of my career, beginning as a medical student studying in the Taubman Library or seeing patients in the Taubman Health Care Center to starting my laboratory in the A. Alfred Taubman Basic Sciences Research Building. More recently, being named the A. Alfred Taubman Emerging Scholar allowed me to get to know Mr. Taubman and experience firsthand his commitment to the University, young clinician scientists, and translational research that can directly impact patients.
What I felt after all of my interactions with Alfred was his joy of accomplishment. He always seemed to have such a positive attitude. Whether he was talking about his career or the next thing he was going to do in life, there wasn’t a doubt in his mind that he couldn’t do it. It was infectious.
The support from Mr. Taubman and the Emerging Scholars Program has been instrumental in my ability to advance translational research and I am so grateful for his amazing generosity. He will be sorely missed, but his vision for research advancement will live on through all those whom his gifts have touched.
Some men and women achieve immortality. It may be through the memory and deeds of their children. It may be through the legacy of their work. It may be through the achievements of others that they have made possible.
A. Alfred Taubman, mentor, patron, and friend to so many of us, achieves immortality through each of these. Through the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Institute, which Alfred and his family founded and support, and in which I am a scholar, physician-scientists are finding meaningful treatments for the most difficult neurological diseases of our time—ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury and stroke.
Ongoing initiatives, which helped and continue to help scores of patients with terrible disease, were always front-and-center in our conversations. Alfred’s insightful and incisive questions, his encouragement and support to break through barriers and challenges, and his shared delight in what we have achieved, never failed to inspire. He uniquely provided both the faith that makes the seemingly impossible possible and the critical resources to make it happen.
He has been a giant, on whose shoulders we can all stand. I will miss Alfred as a mentor and as a friend, I will remember him for his curiosity and his warmth and his unwavering support, and my patients will thank him for all that he has made possible, for the rest of our days. For who he has been and for what he has done, A. Alfred Taubman is truly immortal.
I am deeply saddened by our loss of Mr. Taubman. Since the beginning of my academic career in medicine he has inspired me in countless ways. The admiration that I have for him lies not only in his overwhelming support of me and my lab efforts, but by his compassion and his unyielding desire to change to world. I will miss him dearly. His legacy will live on through us all.
His vision and tremendous generosity for supporting research has touched many, including me. He has left an indelible legacy here at Michigan and I will personally remember him for his wit, curiosity and genuine interest in knowing about my own and others research. An irreplaceable loss, my heart and prayers go out to his family and loved ones
I think of Henry and your Dad all the time, remembering all the funny stories Henry shared with me, and some he didn’t. Your Dad was a genius, but more than that, amwomderful friend who helped so manympeople quietly with no fanfare, Henry being one of them. Just know they are both in my thoughts when I am happy, and remember a funny time when I showed Dad a property with the alarm going off and a 100 pound Golden Retriever jumping all over him! We all have our “Alfred” stories.