“Growing up in my family, you couldn’t help but be involved with Weizmann,” says Ted Teplow. As a member of the extended family that played such a tremendous role in the Institute’s founding – and continued life – the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science was thrilled, on the occasion of our 70th birthday, to have him talk about the Institute.

His uncle, Dewey David Stone, the prominent Boston philanthropist, was one of the early Zionists and believed deeply that the young Israel needed a serious scientific institution. And after World War II, “the Jewish scientists who had survived the holocaust had to have a lace to work,” says Mr. Teplow. This was the impetus to expand the Institute in all areas: scientifically, physically, in terms of people. He recalls that Mr. Stone, along with Ira Levine, crisscrossed the country, “telling people how much they’d be giving,” and that “they were happy to write these checks.” Mr. Stone and Mr. Levine singlehandedly raised the money that supported the institution for the first 30 or 40 years, says Mr. Teplow.

These earliest members of the Weizmann family would surely be so proud to see the bountiful fruits of their labor.