On This Day: Lee Graff Medical and Scientific Library Dedication
L to R: Percy Solotoy, Abe Bolsky, Lee Graff, Mike Hersch, and Mannie Fineman. [Photo Courtesy of City of Hope Archives]
Surrounded by friends and family, Lee Graff, officially opened the Lee Graff Medical and Scientific Library on August 20, 1984. The new facility was the tangible result of the Graff family’s many years of support and connection to City of Hope. That association began when Mrs. Graff and her late husband, Seymour Graff, joined the Merchants Club. She was serving as a member of the Board of Directors when she learned that a comprehensive library was at the top of the medical and scientific staff’s wish list. A committed and tireless supporter, she quickly set about to raise funds. She provided an endowment and enlisted colleagues, business associates and friends to raise additional dollars. By the time of the groundbreaking in May of 1983 over $1.35 million was raised.
While the building bears Mrs. Graff’s name, it also honors her husband, Seymour. Mrs. Graff invoked the shared vision she and her husband had of the value in contributing to City of Hope at the ribbon-cutting ceremony in 1984. This vision included the importance of community service. She told guests, “You cannot truly know yourself until you have helped those in need.”