Office of Institutional Advancement

Kimberly V. Strauss

Kimberly's father, Robert P. Strauss

Kimberly's father, Robert P. Strauss

Standout athlete. Hollywood actor. Ambitious businessman. Passionate philanthropist. And, above all, devoted husband and father.

From his days as an All-Philadelphia, All-Southern Conference basketball player to his starring role in a production of Hamlet to his work as an executive for Pep Boys Auto Stores, which his father co-founded in 1921, Robert P. Strauss led an exciting, successful and varied life. He and his wife, Eugenia—a dancer and actress—raised three children and taught them the importance of philanthropy.

The Strausses’ daughter Kimberly has always embraced those lessons. A trustee of the Strauss Foundation—created by her grandfather in 1951 to benefit educational, scientific and medical causes—she has contributed to many institutions, including Jefferson. A deep interest in neuroscience recently inspired her to make a significant gift to the Farber Institute for Neurosciences, where Jefferson neurologists and neurosurgeons are reimagining the future of care for disorders such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, brain tumors and aneurysms.

In gratitude for Ms. Strauss’ generosity, Jefferson has named the lobby of one of its newest buildings, the Health Professions Academic Building at 901 Walnut Street, after her father, who died in March 2014. “He was strong, resolute and steadfast, and also very sweet. He let his business acumen speak for itself, and despite his accomplishments, my father was never too proud, nor pretentious. Instead, he was always genuine and sincere,” Ms. Strauss remembers.

The bright, modern Robert Perry Strauss Lobby will forever remind our community of his great legacy while Ms. Strauss’ commitment to advancing neuroscience research will help change our understanding of the brain—and the conditions that affect it.