Salk supporter Stuart Rubaloff has set up a $1 million endowment fund through his estate. The Stuart Rubaloff Endowed Research Discovery Fund will support the studies of upcoming young researchers working on emerging areas of the biological sciences.
Explaining his support for the Salk, Mr Rubaloff said: "Here is an organization that is actually in the trenches of developing new concepts that may increase our lifespan, our quality of life. At Salk I was introduced to scientific ideas that I could barely comprehend but I knew I wanted to be part of it."
Mr. Rubaloff, a retired engineer, was especially struck by the importance of supporting young scientists as they begin their careers.
The endowment route appealed to him because, once the needs of his family had been met, "I want to be in charge of distributing my estate to where I think it should go," said Mr. Rubaloff. "Some people leave all their money to save animals. I would rather save human beings."