Dr. Jerome S. Coles (1913-1987)
A native of New York City, Jerome S. Coles, M.D. graduated from NYU's University College in 1932 and the NYU School of Medicine in 1936. Dr. Coles completed an internship at Beth Israel Hospital between 1936 and 1938, and went on to become a resident in private surgery at Mt. Sinai in 1939. Between 1940 and 1943 he established a private medical-surgical practice while taking postgraduate courses in surgery at Bellevue Hospital Center. From 1943 to 1946 Dr. Coles was on the attending surgical staff of Beth Israel Hospital as adjunct surgeon, and was assistant visiting surgeon in the Children's Surgical Division at Bellevue, where he also did some teaching. In 1946 Dr. Coles became a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery after which he retired from medicine.
Dr. Coles went on to pursue a long and successful career in chemical manufacturing becoming President and Chief Executive Officer of the Philip A. Hunt Chemical Corporation, a chemical specialty company located in Palisades Park, New Jersey. Dr. Coles' wife, the former Geraldine Hunt, attended NYU's Washington Square College. The Coles have two daughters. Marilyn, the younger, is also a graduate of University College.
The Coles Foundation was established in 1966 as a private foundation dedicated to the support of education and medical colleges. The financial support provided by Dr. and Mrs. Coles as trustees of the Coles Foundation has made possible the construction and maintenance of the Jerome S. Coles Science Library. The support was given, in Dr. Coles' words, "because NYU and the application of scientific knowledge have played an important role in my life, first in medicine, then in business. Both have been a source of tremendous enjoyment and satisfaction to me and, I believe, indirectly to my life." Distinguished alumnus, brilliant physician and industrialist, Dr. Coles was honored with the Presidential Citation of New York University.