Meera Gandhi Honored at BU Alumni Weekend

Source: Boston University
October 26, 2011

The weekend includes the President’s Panel, hosted by President Robert A. Brown, titled The Many Faces of Entrepreneurship & Innovation: A Perspective from Boston University, and the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Awards, the University’s highest honor. This year’s recipients are Elizabeth Cohen (SPH’92), senior medical correspondent at CNN; Gerard Cohen (LAW’62), founder and owner of Western Carriers, which provides transportation, warehousing, and other services to the wine and spirits industry; Meera Gandhi (GSM’89), a humanitarian and philanthropist, and Travis Roy (COM’00), a motivational speaker and activist who established the Travis Roy Foundation after suffering a paralyzing injury playing in his first hockey game as a BU freshman. Roy will receive the Young Alumni Award.

Elizabeth Cohen covers breaking medical news and consumer health issues for CNN and She developed the column “Empowered Patient” and in 2010 published the book Empowered Patient: How to Get the Right Diagnosis, Buy the Cheapest Drugs, Beat Your Insurance Company, and Get the Best Medical Care Every Time. In 2008 she received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Public Health.

Gerard Cohen has been active in the BU Alumni Council and the School of Law Alumni Association’s executive committee. In 1994, he and his family established the Gerard H. Cohen Award, given to a member of the LAW administrative staff who has shown unselfish and distinguished service to the school. He is a recipient of the LAW Silver Shingle Award for Distinguished Service to the School.

Meera Gandhi created the Giving Back Foundation, aimed at alleviating poverty, illness, and suffering and at helping to educate women and children. She recently produced, directed, and hosted the documentary Giving Back, which explores the ways that individuals from around the world give back to humanity. The film will be screened on Saturday, October 29, at 2:30 p.m. in the GSU conference auditorium.

Travis Roy, a freshman hockey player in 1995, was 11 seconds into his first college game when he crashed into the boards, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. His foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families. The nonprofit provides equipment and funds research into cures.

The awards will be presented on Saturday, October 29, at noon, in the George Sherman Union’s Metcalf Hall.

More than 4,500 alumni, families, and friends are expected at Alumni Weekend. “There are many ways for alumni to become reconnected to the Boston University community during the weekend,” says Meg Umlas (MET’03), executive director of alumni relations. “There is something for everyone, of any age.”

The full schedule of Alumni Weekend activities can be found here.

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