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Brown and Keith Join Fox Chase Cancer Center Board

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 7, 2002)-Robert E. Brown Jr. and Margot Keith, both of Newtown Square, Pa., were recently elected to Fox Chase Cancer Center's board of directors. Brown will serve on the board's finance and strategic planning committees while Keith will serve on the institutional advancement committee and the committee on governance and leadership.

Brown is the managing general partner of Meridian Venture Funds and has been in the private equity business for more than 20 years. Before co-founding Meridian Venture Partners in 1987, he served on a committee to attract venture capital to Philadelphia and wrote the business plan for Century IV Partners, the first institutional-sponsored venture capital firm in Philadelphia.

He also helped found the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group, a professional venture-capital association for the tri-state area, and was its chairman from 1990 to 1991. In 1989, Brown founded the Philadelphia Venture Capital Conference, the major such conference in the Mid-Atlantic region.

A graduate of Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Graduate School and Law School, Brown is also a certified public accountant. He began his business career with the financial consulting and accounting firm Arthur Andersen. He then joined the Buckeye Pipeline Co., a Penn Central subsidiary, and was involved in its merger and acquisition program. After leaving Buckeye, he practiced corporate tax law with the Philadelphia firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius.

Brown's charitable and civic activities include serving as a trustee of the national Leukemia Society of America since 1995 and as a trustee of the Society's Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter since 1987. He is also a senior trustee of Philadelphia's Episcopal Academy.

Margot Keith, a graduate of Smith College, has been active in the organization Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN), the committee for the Philadelphia Craft Show and the Philadelphia Art Museum. She has also supported the World Walk Foundation and The Visionaries, a nonprofit television production organization in Boston.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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