Hillhouse Names Science Wing After Scholarship Provider

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
 
 
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Christopher Hoffman
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HILLHOUSE HIGH NAMES SCIENCE WING AFTER DR. EUGENE PERGAMENT WHO PLEDGED $1 MILLION FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
 
 
            James Hillhouse High School today named its science wing after 1951 graduate Dr. Eugene Pergament in recognition of his $1 million gift funding college scholarships for Hillhouse students.
 
 
            Dr. Pergament traveled from his home in the Chicago, Ill. area to attend today’s ceremony officially dedicating the wing in his honor. This evening, he will formally present $10,000 scholarships to 10 Hillhouse seniors.
 
 
            “The Hillhouse community and I are enormously grateful for Dr. Pergament’s generous gift,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said. “His kindness will help Hillhouse students realize their dream of a college education and a better life. Dr. Pergament embodies that old saying, ‘be true to your school.’ I am so proud that we are able to bestow this honor on a distinguished Hillhouse graduate who never forgot New Haven or its young people.”
 
 
            Dr. Pergament is distributing his gift over a decade. Each year, he will bestow $10,000 scholarships on 10 Hillhouse seniors. This is the second year of the program.
 
 
         Dr. Pergament is an obstetrician specializing in genetic screening and testing for high risk pregnancies. He is also a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Ill., where he has served as a reproductive geneticist for the past 24 years.
  
 
           After graduating from Hillhouse in 1951, Dr. Pergament attended Yale University, receiving his degree in 1955. He eventually earned a doctorate in genetics from Purdue University and in 1970 received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Medical School.
 
 
           Dr. Pergament was a principal investigator in the development and introduction of first trimester screening for Down syndrome, research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.