Immunotherapy pioneer, oncologist and ‘serial hobbyist’ Dr. David Maloney named first Klorfine Chair
Colleagues, friends and family honored Dr. David Maloney as the first recipient of the Leonard and Norma Klorfine Endowed Chair for Clinical Research — created to celebrate an “unsung hero” of medicine.
The chair was established with a gift from Leonard and Norma Klorfine, well-known art collectors, philanthropists and supporters of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
The Klorfines’ goal was to fund a physician-scientist who may not be a household name but who nevertheless dedicates each day to improving health and saving lives through world-class research.
At a June 16 reception, attendees described Maloney as curious, persistent, gentle, and competitive and as a “serial hobbyist” who pursues even his recreational activities with “intense focus.” (He is an accomplished bird photographer, wood worker and brewer.) Maloney expressed his gratitude but was quick to share the spotlight.
“I really want to thank the Klorfines so much for this generosity,” he said. “This [honor] has nothing to do with me. It has everything to do with the people I work with.”