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Continuing Her Family’s Legacy

Left: Jacob Fox, MD, chairperson of the Department of Neurological Sciences, and the late Naomi Borwell at the 1995 Woman’s Board Spring Luncheon.

Naomi T. Borwell understood the importance of supporting Rush beyond her lifetime.

Naomi volunteered for more than 35 years on The Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center. She made a lead gift to the board’s $5 million contribution to establish The Woman’s Board Depression Treatment and Research Center and was lead sponsor for the board’s 1995 Fashion Show.

“Naomi was a passionate supporter of The Woman’s Board,” said Karen Reid, a fellow Woman’s Board member and a Rush annual trustee. “She was very loyal to the institution and to her family.”

Naomi’s late husband, Robert Borwell, was a longtime Rush trustee. He was a founding Anchor Cross Society member and established the Robert C. Borwell Chair of Neurology. Naomi joined him in the family tradition of supporting Rush and created her own legacy as well. In 2010, the trust that the Borwells had carefully created gave more than $10 million to Rush, including a contribution to The Woman’s Board, which named the Tower’s Woman’s Board Gift Shop in her honor. The trust also established the Robert C. and Naomi T. Borwell Presidential Chair; an endowed fund for clinician recruitment; and scholarships for medical students. The Borwells’ extraordinary investment will benefit Rush for generations.

“The whole Borwell family was very community- and philanthropic-minded, going back to the 1900s,” said Herb Knight, Robert Borwell’s nephew, a Rush life trustee and Rush Heritage Society member. “Naomi kept the family’s legacy going.”

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