Top: David Lawrence (left) with his father Steve Lawrence. Bottom: (From left) Dr. Stuart Holden; Judy Tannen, Steve and Eydie’s longtime executive assistant; and Steve Lawrence.Photos: Todd Cheney/UCLA Photography
On November 19, 2015, the UCLA Department of Urology dedicated the newly named Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé Patient Center in the Edie and Lew Wasserman Building in UCLA’s Stein Plaza. Singer and actor Steve Lawrence made a lead gift to the UCLA Institute of Urologic Oncology (IUO) to honor his late wife and performance partner Eydie Gormé, who died in August 2013. The gift established the Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé Patient Center within the IUO, which will serve as the waiting area for the institute’s new consultation clinic.
The patient center, featuring plush seating surrounded by artwork provided by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and a large-screen monitor presenting educational information to visitors, is designed to be a space of healing while providing added privacy for IUO patients.
The gift is especially meaningful because of the relationship Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé had with the building’s namesakes, Edie and Lew Wasserman. The Wassermans were fans and friends of the performing duo and often flew around the country to attend their performances.
During the dedication, guests enjoyed remarks from Dr. Mark Litwin, chair of the Department of Urology and The Fran and Ray Stark Foundation Chair in Urology; and Dr. Stuart Holden, associate director of the IUO and the Spielberg Family Chair in Urologic Oncology, who thanked the Lawrence family for their long-standing friendship. Guests enjoyed a highlight reel of performances of the singer and his late wife and partner.
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