In Memoriam—Mrs. Buffy Cafritz

Buffy Cafritz


The Board and staff of the FNIH mourn the passing of our beloved Board member, Mrs. Buffy Cafritz, who died on May 4, 2021. A renowned Washingtonian, Mrs. Cafritz is remembered for her commitment to her loved ones and her quintessential belief in bettering the lives of others through impactful philanthropy.

During the 17 years as a Board member, along with decades in providing steadfast support to the FNIH, Mrs. Cafritz held biomedical research and education as critical to helping patients worldwide, a vision that embodied her forward thinking and intelligent leadership. Through her exemplary partnership with the FNIH, Mrs. Cafritz helped foster scientific innovation and advance pioneering research at the National Institutes of Health.

She continually encouraged others to join with her in philanthropic support of critical FNIH initiatives. Mrs. Cafritz’s unwavering commitment and zest for biomedical research was evident through the funds she established at the FNIH in memory of her late husband promoting fellowships in Alzheimer’s disease research through the Medical Research Scholars Program and supporting renal cell carcinoma research in memory of her daughter Pamela.

Individuals who serve on a board look to their fellow board members for thoughtfulness, vision, support and commitment. Buffy embodied all of those qualities, and more. Her passion to drive medical research forward put power behind vital FNIH initiatives. We will deeply miss her—as a leader, a mentor and as a friend, ” said Steven M. Paul, M.D., FNIH Chairman.

Mrs. Cafritz’s inimitable vision and legacy of supporting scientific innovation and collaboration demonstrated to all who knew her that there is opportunity and hope for tomorrow.

The FNIH will remember Mrs. Cafritz as a generous and kind individual, who exemplified what one can achieve with a selfless attitude and vision for making the world better. We thank her for her service on the Board and dedication through the years, and we will miss her very much.

2017 Award Ceremony
2017 FNIH Award Ceremony
Safra Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony for the Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge