Wilson Society member Peter Haring Judd, PhD, has said that from the moment he walked through the doors at Hospital for Special Surgery, he knew he was in the right place to receive exceptional care. "Special Surgery is truly a class act," he remarked. "Everyone who cared for me was considerate and knowledgeable."
So impressed was Dr. Judd that he has named the Hospital as a beneficiary of his IRA. "Donating the proceeds of an IRA is a most cost effective way to make a bequest," he said. "It doesn't involve redrafting my will, and I will avoid taxes that would otherwise be imposed on the account."
An avid hiker, Dr. Judd first came to HSS three years ago for hip replacement surgery with Dr. Michael M. Alexiades. "Dr. Alexiades was very thoughtful and clear in explaining the details of my surgery," he said. The successful operation eliminated the crippling pain that Dr. Judd says he endured for many years before the surgery. "I can once again enjoy 15 to 20 mile hikes—something that I wouldn't even have attempted in recent years," says the Manhattan resident.
Born in Connecticut, Dr. Judd received an AB from Harvard University and a PhD from Columbia University. He established a career in the energy industry, where he remained for nearly 40 years. In retirement, Dr. Judd is a member of Actors Equity and appears in the theater. He enjoys research and is the author of two prize-winning books in which he describes in historical context the experiences of his forebears.
The Wilson Society welcomed Dr. Judd in 2005. "I've gained so much from this fine New York institution; it only makes sense to recognize it in this important way."