Wayne State Receives $1.3M Gift for the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


Wayne State University today announced Peter and Karen Frade, who are faculty and alumni of the institution, have pledged a planned gift of $1.3 million to the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, located at the Detroit Medical Center.

The gift will strengthen the Karen L. and Peter D. Frade Endowed Scholarship, which was established in 2012 to support student’s in Wayne State’s pathologists’ assistant program.

“The students in the pathologists’ assistant program have been a delight to teach and to know, and we are excited to invest in their futures,” says Peter Frade. “Karen and I believe that you blossom where you are planted. We were planted and blossomed in Detroit and at Wayne State University, so it was important that we give back to the place we consider home.”

The Frades each hold three degrees from WSU. Peter joined the university’s faculty in 1992 and currently serves as the interim associate dean of health sciences and chair of the Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences.

Karen is a part-time faculty member at WSU and worked as a nurse and research coordinator at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit for many years.

“Peter and I feel a very deep love and attachment to the Wayne State community. The university is where we grew up, were educated, and given opportunities to thrive,” says Karen. “We live in Detroit and believe that Wayne State holds the key to an amazing future for the city and for the students it serves.”

The Frades’ planned gift represents a significant portion of their estate and illustrates their dedication to Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

“For years, Peter and Karen Frade have demonstrated a passion for inspiring our students and preparing them to make an impact,” says Deepak Bhalla, dean of the pharmacy school. “We are grateful for their generosity, which will strengthen our academic programs and create opportunities for generations of students.”

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