Remembering Carl J. Shapiro and Celebrating the Shapiro Family Legacy

Ruth and Carl Shapiro

Brigham and Women’s Hospital mourns the loss of Carl J. Shapiro, a longtime supporter, trusted confidant, and generous friend of the hospital, who passed away on Sunday, March 7, at the age of 108.

Carl and his late wife, Ruth (pictured), created the Shapiro Family Foundation in 1961, and were well-known in Boston and beyond for their abundant generosity and unwavering commitment to advancing healthcare, education, and the arts. At the Brigham, we have always been honored to be included in the special circle of organizations the Shapiros trusted most to improve the lives of those in our community, through their meaningful investments in cardiology, surgery, oncology, and our facilities.

With a momentous gift in 2005, Carl and Ruth elevated the Brigham’s nationally ranked cardiovascular program through their support of an effort to transform the way cardiology patients are treated. They enabled the construction of the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center, which integrates all of our cardiovascular services and is one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the region. Today, thanks to Carl and Ruth, the center remains a beacon of hope for cardiovascular patients who come to the Brigham from locations near and far seeking the best care available.

The Brigham mourns Carl’s passing and celebrates his wonderful life along with his beloved children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. You can read Carl’s full obituary here.