Helene Horwitz, Ph.D., spent her entire career mentoring and helping students. As associate dean for student affairs at the Medical School for the last 19 years, she helped University of Minnesota medical students get through difficult academic, financial, and emotional times. Before that, she served students as director of student aid and related programs at the Minnesota Medical Foundation.
During her career, Horwitz always enjoyed working with medical students, whom she found to be bright, giving, and committed. In turn, students found her to be wise and approachable.
Sadly, on October 24, 2008, Horwitz died at age 66 following treatment for a brain tumor. To many who knew her, it wasn’t surprising that she—along with her husband, Charles Horwitz, M.D., a University professor of laboratory medicine and pathology—had requested that memorials be directed to a scholarship fund they had earlier established to help relieve students’ financial burdens.
The Drs. Helene and Charles Horwitz Scholarship Fund for Altruistic Medical Students will provide scholarships to Medical School students who have a demonstrated financial need, with preference given to members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. The fund also recognizes the Horwitzes’ dedication to the Medical School.