Madeline Brill Nelson Speaker Series

Lynn and Madeline
Madeline Brill Nelson with Dr. Lynn Jansen, The Madeline Brill Nelson Chair in Ethics Education

Madeline Brill Nelson's Lecture Series began in 2008 and is made possible through the generosity of Madeline Brill Nelson. Her passion to make the world a better place is legendary, as are her dedication and generosity to this purpose. Modestly, without fanfare, she has dedicated herself to countless causes within the community. And, propelled by her rare gift for seeing and understanding need, Madeline was the very first donor to step forward to support the Center for Ethics in Health Care at OHSU when it was still but a dream in the eyes of its founders. So wholeheartedly did she grasp its potential and believe in its mission that she fell easily into the role of quiet pioneer - a role, it turns out, that comes quite naturally to her, inspired by the legacy of her father, Dr. Isidor C. Brill.

"It's impossible to express adequately what Madeline has given to the Center over these any years," says Susan Tolle. "She sets the highest standard imaginable for integrity and commitment. And it is with such gratitude and appreciation that we honor her and her father's legacy through the work that we do - so much of which is possible only because of her dedication to the Center."

When asked once to describe her father, Madeline offered the following words. "Dedicated. Always trying to heal. Quiet. Happy to help and serve. Visionary." As it happens, such phrases also perfectly describe Madeline herself. But, modest as she is, she would be the last to realize it.