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Benjamin Natelson, M’67

Benjamin NatelsonEach time Benjamin Natelson, M.D., Medical Class of 1967, walked into the library of the School of Medicine, in what is now called the John Morgan Building, and saw the famous Thomas Eakins painting “The Agnew Clinic,” he knew he was somewhere special. “I felt pampered as a student,” he says. “The quality of the education, the professors, everything at the School was just brilliant.”

To show his gratitude for his excellent medical education, Dr. Natelson, along with his wife, Gudrun Lange, Ph.D., set up a charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT), which was recommended by his financial advisor. CRUTs provide flexibility, a hedge against inflation and tax benefits to the donor that other vehicles may not provide. At the end of the unitrust’s term, the remaining principal distributes to charity. In the case of the Natelsons’s CRUT, the School of Medicine will benefit.

“I got a superb education,” says Dr. Natelson, “a superb start at a profession, and the CRUT is a great vehicle, not only to provide some income, but to provide something good to my alma mater.” Dr. Natelson is a professor of neuroscience at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. He specializes in treating patients who suffer from chronic pain and fatigue. Recently, he authored his third book, “Your Symptoms Are Real: What to Do When Your Doctor Says Nothing is Wrong.”

Penn Medicine
Office of Planned Giving
Christine S. Ewan, J.D.
Executive Director, Planned Giving
3535 Market Street, Suite 750
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309
215-898-9486 | Fax: 215-573-2186
E-mail: cewan@upenn.edu

 

 
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