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Donor Spotlight
InspiredbyDad
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ou don’t have to be a Technion alumnus or
serial philanthropist to pass on the value of higher
education. Maurice “Maurie” Gamze loved Israel
and was an energy conservationist before the idea
was in vogue. That was enough for Hynda, his
wife of 57 years, to honor him with a planned gift
to the Technion—“tying his passion for engineer-
ing to philanthropy”—says their daughter Lisa
Weinberger. When Maurie passed away in 2009
at the age of 81, Hynda established The Maurice
G. Gamze Endowed Fellowship Fund to support
Technion students’ energy-related research for
years to come.
“Some people wait to give at the end of their lives, and others give while
living,” says Lisa. “I’m delighted that they gave a substantial part of their
estate to causes that were important to them. They instilled in me the real
roots of Judaism—good deeds—rather than a sense of entitlement,” says Lisa,
who, with her husband, runs a private foundation that supports underserved
communities.
Maurie was a whiz kid who graduated high school at 16 and earned his
bachelor’s degree at Purdue University at 19. A principal in the engineering
firm Gamze Korobkin Caloger, he was the innovator behind Energy Smart
Pricing, the nation’s first real-time pricing plan for residential electricity. In
his never-ending quest for energy efficiency, he devised an elaborate home
system of programmable thermostats. “I was always freezing in our home,”
says Lisa. “But it was all in the name of conservation, which was his legacy.”
Maurie was born in Mexico and grew up in Chicago. His father was a
rabbi who established an Orthodox congregation and helped Jews immi-
grate to the U.S. after the Holocaust. “My dad was raised in a well-educated,
socially responsible family,” says Lisa. Maurie and Hynda, who passed away
in 2014, saw to it that Lisa and her two brothers studied for their bat and bar
mitzvahs and observed the Jewish holidays. “My father made sure we went
through every single page of the Haggadah on Passover,” says Lisa. And he
took the family to Israel twice.
It was there that his connection to the Technion evolved through his
friendship with Lucien Bronicki, a member of the Technion Board of Gover-
nors and a Chairman of Ormat Technologies. Interested in Ormat-developed
technologies, he helped Lucien on proposals for Ormat power units for two
projects in the U.S. Both were done with Israeli engineers, including Tech-
nion graduates. “The combination of doing something that was good for
Israel with technologies that were dear to his heart led him to want to help
young Israelis get a good education,” says Lucien.
Upon retirement, Maurie worked to bring air conditioning to low-
income residents in inner-city Chicago. “My father would be smiling now
knowing that his gift to the Technion carries his passion forward,” says Lisa.
For more information on how you can make a difference, please contact Mark
Hefter, Associate Vice President, Planned Giving, at 212.407.6313 or
“The university
is intent on
ensuring that
our gifts are
put to the best
use. We feel
connected to
each and
every project.”
–ALLEN PRINCE
llen and Jewel Prince
had been to Israel many times.
But it wasn’t until 2010 that they
heard about the Technion while
having dinner with a neighbor
and a visiting professor in Boca
Raton, Fla. They were moved
by the professor’s personal story
and his research, and wanted to
learn more. Throughout the fol-
lowing year, they attended ATS
programs and met other faculty
members and students. With
each encounter their interest
grew. They began to understand
the Technion’s role in strength-
ening Israel, and its global effect
on medical research. To gain a
full picture of the university, they
decided to visit the Haifa campus.
Their visit included stops
at many research laboratories.
“We were interested in finding a
project where we could make an
impact,” says Jewel. “Once we
got to the medical school, it was
easy for us to agree on the field of
immunology because it affected
our grandson, and others with
immune issues.”
They were shown a labora-
tory that was in desperately in
need of renovation, then taken to
a freshly equipped and updated
laboratory, which had been com-
pletely transformed. “I saw what
could be done, and we decided to
become involved with the proj-
ect,” says Allen.
The Princes provided the
funds to demolish and rebuild
the infrastructure, while other
donors outfitted the individual
laboratories. Today, the Princes
are proud partners in The Allen
and Jewel Prince Molecular
Immunology Research Labora-
tory Complex, in honor of their
children and grandchildren. The
complex houses six cutting-edge
labs focused on advancing our
understanding of cancer, genet-
ics, inflammatory diseases, aging
and allergies.
In June 2014, the Princes,
along with their three daughters,
two sons-in-law and five grand-
children, attended a dedication
ceremony on the site, then under
construction. Every time they
look at photos from the event, and
remember their return trip to tour
the then up-and-running labs, the
Princes experience an emotional
reward. “It was very exciting and
emotional for us to see the end
result,” says Jewel, who kept a
piece of yellow ribbon from the
construction days as a souvenir.
The couple’s excitement was
only surpassed by that of their
beneficiaries. “We went from lab
to lab and spoke with research-
ers and students,” says Allen.
“There was an outpouring of emo-
tion and enthusiasm, and it was
very heartfelt.” The experience
brought such a sense of fulfillment
that the Princes strengthened
their commitment. In 2013, they
launched The Prince Center for
Neurodegenerative Disorders of
the Brain, which supports research
on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and
other neurodegenerative diseases.
“Knowing this is a worldwide
issue, we felt that the Technion
could make an impact in finding
cures for these debilitating dis-
eases.” In 2015, Allen was recog-
nized with a Technion Honorary
Fellowship for his dedication and
commitment.
This relationship has been a
true partnership. The university,
the Princes say, is intent on ensur-
ing that their gifts are put to the
best use, and that they feel con-
nected to each and every project.
“We’re thousands of miles away
from the laboratories, but every-
one makes us feel comfortable
that our projects are being moni-
tored properly and our standards
are being met,” says Allen. “From
President (Peretz) Lavie on down,
the faculty and students at the
Technion are very much involved
in what’s happening on campus.”
Jewel adds: “We feel like family,
and one is responsible to take care
of one’s family.”
The Allen and Jewel Prince
Molecular Immunology
Research Laboratory Complex
under construction (above)
and completed (right)
Maurice and Hynda Gamze
Allen andJewel Prince
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