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Sylvester and Miller School of Medicine leaders gather around the statue with Mr. Sylvester’s daughters, Jayne S. Malfitano (left) and Laura S. Cameron.


Harcourt M. Sylvester Jr.


The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center wrote another chapter in its history with the unveiling of


a bronze statue of its benefactor, the late Harcourt M. Sylvester Jr. Sylvester transformed South Florida with his generous gift that enabled the university-based cancer center to be built, providing the community with an invaluable resource.


The Seward Johnson bronze statue, located in the cancer center courtyard, is a fitting tribute for a man described by those who knew him as “humble,” “dignified,” “visionary” and “generous.” The figure portrays a smiling and seated Harcourt M. Sylvester Jr., holding a letter from a grateful patient. In 1986, Sylvester directed the Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation to make a $27.5 million gift to the medical school to build a cancer center. At the time, it was the largest donation ever made to the University of Miami. Since then, the cancer center has become a focal point for cutting-edge research and clinical excellence, just as Sylvester envisioned. Sylvester’s daughter, Jayne S. Malfitano, said the real blessing of the cancer center isn’t the building or the name, but the people inside— “those who care for patients and families, researchers, volunteers… all singularly focused on easing the human burden from cancer.” The city of Miami also honored Sylvester and his impact on the


community by declaring the day of the unveiling as Harcourt M. Sylvester Jr. Statue Dedication Day. W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., chief medical officer of Sylvester/UMHC


summed up the universal sentiment by simply saying, “Mr. Sylvester, we are glad to have you back on campus.”


Statue Honors


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THE MAGAZINE OF SYLVESTER COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER


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