Richard A. Reines, A71, M76 and Marcy Schackne

“Tufts gave me a lot of opportunities, and I want to help others have a similar experience”
Richard A. Reines, A71, M76 and Marcy Schackne

Richard A. Reines, A71, M76, A01P, A04P, M05P, has many passions and a special place in his heart for family medicine. In 2016, he established scholarships for students on a path to medicine at the School of Arts and Sciences and for those pursuing family medicine at the School of Medicine. Reines has recently provided further support for these scholarships by including them in his estate plan.

Reines knew in high school he wanted to be a doctor. “I had one doctor my whole life before college, and I wanted to emulate him,” says Reines who has practiced family medicine for more than 40 years in Hollywood, Florida. A double Jumbo and proud parent of two alumni, one of whom is a colorectal surgeon, Reines has remained close to Tufts and helped to form its family medicine program in the early 1990s with TUSM’s then dean, Morton Madoff, M.D., M.P.H.

His bequest also creates endowed funds for two activities that were especially meaningful to Reines as an undergraduate: the swimming and diving team (he was an all-American swimmer) and Tufts Hillel.

Reines’ love for travel also developed during his time at Tufts. As a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, he studied medical care in developing countries for a year before starting at TUSM. He has since traveled to more than 175 countries—most recently to Jordan with his significant other, Marcy Schackne, with whom he celebrates his 21th anniversary this year.

“I’m really glad Tufts and I found each other,” he says. He is pleased that his gifts will provide opportunities for future generations of Tufts students who share his interests.