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A Champion for Higher Education & Healthcare

Philanthropist Carl Glickman Receives Notre Dame Medal

By Christian Taske ‘07

When philanthropist and civic leader Carl Glickman received dialysis treatment years ago, he one day sat next to a 12-year-old boy who was undergoing the same procedure. It was then that Glickman realized children should not have to receive the treatment in an adult setting. As a result, he decided to donate millions of dollars to fund the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Dialysis Center, where recreational therapists and volunteers entertain children with educational activities, games, crafts and events.

Glickman’s son Robert told this story at the 2011 Notre Dame College Medal Dinner in honor of his father, who is considered by many a champion for higher education and healthcare.

Notre Dame College awarded Glickman its highest honor, the Notre Dame College Medal, at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven on April 2, for demonstrating exceptional commitment to community service in Greater Cleveland and beyond for over five decades.

His son Robert accepted the award on behalf of his father, who missed the event due to an unexpected hospitalization. “My father would like to thank Dr. Roth not only for the award, but for the many things the College has done for the community,” he said.

The fourth recipient of the Notre Dame College Medal, Glickman has joined a prestigious group of philanthropists and community leaders who include his friends Sam Miller, Bishop Anthony Pilla, and Anthony and Donna Kelly Rego. All of them exemplify the College’s values by demonstrating personal, professional and global responsibility through their community service.

“Carl Glickman’s philanthropic generosity to the health, welfare and education of all the citizens of Cleveland deserves our utmost respect,” said College President Dr. Andrew P. Roth. “He embodies the values of Notre Dame College and its founding Sisters by demonstrating relentless dedication to the community. He is a powerful role model for our students.”

Glickman and his late wife Barbara have donated millions of dollars to scholarship funds and healthcare institutions in Cleveland. Besides the Cleveland Clinic’s Children’s Dialysis Center, they have also funded the Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Glickman Urological Institute.

“Carl and Babs have been very instrumental in the building and the recognition of the Glickman Urological Kidney Institute,” said Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO and president of the Cleveland Clinic. “Over time that has grown to be recognized as one of the top urological institutions in the country, and they have played a major part in helping it do that. Carl has been very much a leader in bringing other people along to be philanthropic, as well.”

Partners in philanthropy: Carl and Barbara Glickman
Partners in philanthropy: Carl and Barbara Glickman

Together with Miller, Glickman also founded and contributed millions to the Cleveland State University Moses Cleaveland scholarship fund. Additionally, he has given generously to Cleveland Central Catholic High School and the Diocese of Cleveland.

“When it comes to Jewish philanthropy or Catholic philanthropy, he draws no lines. He is like the medical unit of Doctors Without Borders,” Miller said. “I find him to be totally compassionate, giving and decent.”

Miller said that, even though Glickman isn’t Catholic, he knows “that wherever Catholics are in the educational process, that’s where someone is going to get a very good education.”

Leo Hyland, president of Cleveland Central Catholic High School, said the leadership gift from Glickman and his wife to the school’s “Vibrant in the City” campaign transformed the community entirely.

“Mr. Glickman and his wife made this happen,” Hyland said. “It is a miraculous story and it has positioned Cleveland Central Catholic for a bright future.”

Glickman, who has been president of The Glickman Organization, a real estate development and management firm, since 1953, has never been one to seek credit or publicity for his acts of generosity. It was therefore almost fitting, though unfortunate, that he could not attend the Medal Dinner personally and asked his son to accept the medal instead.

His parents have always believed “that what you do in the community really means something,” Robert Glickman said. “I hope that my brother, my sister and I are able to live up to the examples my mother and father have set.”

Christian Taske ’07 is the editor and writer at Notre Dame College.