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Donor Story - Alexander W. Dreyfoos

The Power of Scripps

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Alex Dreyfoos was the first person named to the Board of Trustees of The Scripps Research Institute following announcement of the organization's expansion into Florida.

An engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur, he represented a combination of talent and capacity uniquely suited to a burgeoning biomedical institution about to enter Florida, where he moved more than 30 years ago to establish Photo Electronics Corp., a private company which developed and manufactured high-tech photographic equipment and owned and operated a network-affiliate TV station.

With his wife, Renate, Alex travels widely, often on the couple's 143-foot Feadship, Silver Cloud. But as founding chairman of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, he knows the importance of attending board meetings and rarely misses a meeting or an opportunity to contribute. This spirit of support led the couple to make a $1 million gift to Scripps Research in 2004.

Says Alex, who is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, "Renate and I were immediately impressed by the power of Scripps Research to attract great researchers, provide them with the stimulating environment of a beehive, not a bureaucracy, and give them the freedom and encouragement to pursue their work without interference."

The Dreyfooses have also made substantial trust gifts to the Kravis Center and to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Alex is a lifetime trustee.

"As I said when we announced our gift to Scripps Research at an event for Scripps Research trustees at the Kravis Center," adds Alex, "our hope is to help set an example for others by our gift."