St. Louis family creates memorial fund to support research towards cure for dementia

Sara and Marshall Myers were married 57 years. Sara Myers died of Alzheimer’s Aug. 2, 2018. Her family has established a memorial fund in her name to support research on dementia.

BY ROBERT A. COHN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EMERITUS

Marshall and Sara Myers enjoyed 57 years of a happy marriage, which included service to the Jewish community, locally, nationally and globally. Tragically, Sara Myers was stricken with dementia and despite her efforts to stave off its mind-robbing symptoms, died of Alzheimer’s on Aug. 2, 2018.

Recently, Marshall Myers established the Sara Myers Dementia Research Fund in the Department of Neurology at the Washington University School of Medicine.

“The fund’s purpose is  to aid in the research being done on the causes and hopefully the cures of this horrible disease,” Marshall Myers said.

Admired by her many friends and fellow volunteers, Sara Myers was known for being highly intelligent, compassionate and a multitasker for good causes. She was active at Shaare Zedek/Kol Rinah synagogue and served as its president.   

Her daughter Anne told the Jewish Light that her mom devoted her life to helping others, and was a volunteer with Women’s American ORT internationally, helping to set up and support vocational training schools worldwide in order to pull families out of poverty. She said her mother also volunteered extensively with Shaare Zedek and was volunteer executive director for eight years. 

“She always donated money to anyone who asked. Each year in December, she would sit down with all the solicitations she received and write checks to various charities. Everyone got a check. If she did not have a personal relationship with an organization, they got a $20 donation; others received more,” Anne said.

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“It is only appropriate that her final gift to this world is a fund that will help others,” she added.

Marshall Myers said the choice of Washington University School of Medicine’s Neurology Department was an easy one.

“Sara and I were both alumni of Washington U. Its research being done in the area of dementia is nationally and internationally respected,” he said. “Contributions by others in honor of or memory of Sara are most welcome and will be acknowledged by the university.”

For additional information, contact Emily Williams, director of development at the Washington University School of Medicine at 314-935-2660 or  [email protected] or by mail to 7425 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, 63105.