STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–It is with deep sadness that Purdue Pharma L.P. today announced the
death of one of its co-founders, Dr. Raymond Sackler. Dr. Sackler died
on July 17, after a brief illness. He was 97 years old.
Dr. Raymond Sackler was a noted philanthropist, physician, entrepreneur,
business leader, husband, father, grandfather, friend, and mentor to
many. For more than 50 years, Dr. Sackler and his wife contributed
directly and through the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundations to
areas spanning biomedical research, the physical and engineering
sciences, and the arts.
Dr. Sackler and his brothers, Arthur and Mortimer, both also deceased,
represented one of the nation’s most renowned philanthropic families,
associated with the Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in
New York City, the Freer and Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian
Institute in Washington as well as notable cultural, scientific, and
educational institutions around the world.
Dr. Sackler began his education at Erasmus High School in Brooklyn and
attended New York University, where he received his B.S. in 1938. He
then pursued his medical degree, beginning at Anderson College of
Medicine in Glasgow, Scotland, where he volunteered in the UK home guard
and plane spotter in the first year of World War II. Due to the war, he
completed his studies at the Middlesex University School of Medicine, on
the site of current day Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts,
where in 1944 he received an M.D. He was certified in psychiatry by the
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Early in his career, Dr. Sackler moved strongly away from then dominant
Freudian psychiatric model and explored and participated in research at
the frontiers of…