Jerold Solovy, former chair emeritus of the Jenner & Block law firm in Chicago, was one of the estimated one million individuals in Illinois living with COPD. The Kathleen Hart Solovy and Jerold S. Solovy Endowment for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has been created at RHA in his memory.
Kathleen Hart Solovy established the fund in her husband’s memory, after she and Jerry experienced firsthand the toll from COPD on individuals and their families.
Through her gift, Mrs. Solovy has created the Solovy Award for Advancement in COPD, an annual award made to an outstanding COPD researcher that recognizes innovation and continued progress among health professionals and others in the prevention, treatment and cure of COPD.
Nominations are accepted in the spring and the award will be presented at Respiratory Health Association’s annual Summer Reception each June.