After receiving years of care at Hospital for Special Surgery, husband and wife Herbert and Minnie Puller became charter members of The Wilson Society when, in 1998, they included a bequest to HSS in their will.
At age 57, Dr. Herbert Puller had both hips replaced by Dr. Philip D. Wilson, Jr. Like many of our patients, Dr. Puller was extraordinarily grateful to Dr. Wilson for "having made possible a life full of variety, other than that of pain and immobility," Dr. Puller wrote to Dr. Wilson in the years following his surgery. "Through your efforts I am returned to a normal active life, and I am eternally grateful to you," he graciously concluded.
Dr. Puller resumed his medical practice as a gastroenterologist in Roselle, New Jersey, where he and Minnie resided, until he retired in 1995 at the age of 80. When Minnie passed away in 2011 at the age of 99, HSS received a bequest made in Herbert's memory, who predeceased Minnie by ten years. Their generous gift now benefits the treatment of disabled children, advancing the Hospital's longstanding history as a leader in pediatric care.
Since its founding in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery has been committed to pediatric treatment and rehabilitation. As the Hospital approaches its 150th anniversary, we are celebrating the opening of the brand new Alfred and Norma Lerner Children's Pavilion. The Pullers' legacy honors Special Surgery's origins while continuing its commitment to exceptional care to our youngest patients.