Burton Golub (MED’65)
An incurable case of generosity
A BUSM alumnus and infectious disease specialist sets up scholarship funding
Burton Golub (MED’65) knew from an early age that he wanted both to help people and to work with his hands; his top career choices were doctor and concert pianist. “But I’m not a good enough piano player,” he says, and he found himself drawn to the work of his best friend’s father, Dr. Lane.
Golub often visited Dr. Lane at his office, to learn the trade. “I have a vivid recollection of him handing me a pair of sterile gloves to put on,” he says. “And, of course, I contaminated them immediately.” Dr. Lane’s firm-but-kind encouragement affected Golub, and set the tone for his future education at MIT and the Boston University School of Medicine.
While at BUSM, he recalls enjoying anatomy and hating microbiology: “Now my specialty is infections, and microbiology, of course, is key to what I do.” Early exposure to the profession guided Golub through his years in medicine, from those courses through his private practice and teaching work in Colorado. His decision to forego the piano turned out to be the right one as Golub proved an adept and passionate doctor. “For as long as I can remember,” he says, “I thought that was one of the best things a person could do.”
Dr. Golub hopes to help future medical students join him in his noble profession both by teaching and by supporting financial aid at BUSM. “I was grateful for the kind of generosity and education that I received, and I had the financial resources to help,” he explains. After giving generously to the School of Medicine for many years, Golub recently set up a charitable gift annuity and targeted his funds to scholarships. “Why not do something good with your money,” he says, “and help other people who will benefit from it?” His piano may need a little work, but sentiments like that are music to our ears.