Barbara and Maurice Deane
Long-time supporters of Mount Sinai, Barbara and the late Maurice Deane provided the founding gift for the Barbara and Maurice Deane Healthy Brain Initiative and the Barbara and Maurice Deane Center for Wellness and Cognitive Health.
After marrying Barbara (Ushkow), in 1950, Maurice A. Deane joined Endo Laboratories, a small family-run pharmaceutical company. He remained there for over 25 years, rising to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure, Endo became one of the most innovative privately owned pharmaceutical companies in the country, leading to the development of Coumadin, a medication used to treat and prevent blood clots. The company was acquired by E. I. Dupont de Nemours in 1969. Maurice stayed with them until 1977, when he left to form a private investment company, BAMA Equities. The following year he pursued a law degree at Hofstra University where he was first in his class, earning his degree in 1981. Maurice served as a Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Hofstra, and was named chairman emeritus in 2008.
Barbara Ushkow Deane earned her bachelor’s degree from Bennington College and an MBA from Adelphi University. A retired interior designer, she is a trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Bennington College. She is president of the Ushkow Foundation, for which her husband had served as secretary and treasurer.
Dedicated philanthropists, Maurice and Barbara helped set the highest standards of research and care through their generosity. In 2001, they established the Barbara and Maurice Deane Prostate Health and Research Center at Mount Sinai, which is the health system’s hub for prostate cancer care. To build on their commitment to advancing human health, in 2019, the Deane family gave a significant gift to launch the Barbara and Maurice Deane Healthy Brain Initiative and the Barbara and Maurice Deane Center for Wellness and Cognitive Health, the primary point of entry for patients to access the coordinated care and resources provided by the Deane Healthy Brain Initiative. Their visionary support is propelling this important work, for which the Mount Sinai community is deeply grateful.