President James McNaughton Hester asked Arthur Sackler for a donation and his brothers joined. The Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences opened in 1980. It was a model of diversity with African, Native and Hispanic Americans and people with economic and physical disabilities making up a sizable percentage of the enrollment. Students came from Europe, Africa, Asia, Central and South American; and more than half of the graduate candidates were women. Many students went immediately into teaching, medicine, industry, law and government. Sackler was on the Board of Trustees of New York University from 1982-7.
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