A visionary gift

Posted: 18th November 2021

Ten years ago, Gerald Snowden’s beloved wife Patricia – with whom he raised their 11 children – passed away with breast cancer.

In the decade that has passed since her death, Gerald has reflected on the far-reaching potential of medical research to improve treatments and prevent disease for families such as his own.

“Patricia did so much for so many,” he says. “I wanted to turn my frustration at being unable to help her into something positive – something that reflected the type of person she was and would also help provide hope to others.”

After supporting SVI over a number of years, and announcing his intention to leave a bequest to the Institute, this year Gerald decided to donate $1 million to SVI’s Discovery Fund in honour of Patricia’s memory.

“In supporting the Discovery Fund, I really feel I’m making a difference. I know the calibre of research done at the institute is second-to-none. I’ve met many of the scientists, and I know they share my desire to find ways to prevent or alleviate human suffering,” says Gerald. “I look forward to seeing my gift support discoveries for many years to come.”

The Discovery Fund is an endowment established by long-time supporter Christine Tarascio, to provide stability and longevity for research at SVI.

SVI Director, Professor Tom Kay, said: “Everyone at SVI has been touched by Gerald’s generosity. His donation will enable fundamental, life-changing research.”

The Gerald and Patricia Snowden Room at SVI has also been named in honour of the couple in perpetuity. It has a bright and beautiful view over Carlton Gardens and provides an energising space for leading scientists and students alike to explore questions, envision solutions and drive forward their research.

“We profoundly thank Gerald,” Tom comments. “And we deeply value the legacy that Patricia and Gerald have left for future generations.”