Honoring Dr. Edward J. Grandt, L.H.D. ’16

October 17 2017
Category: Academics

Elmira College has lost a loyal friend and benefactor with the passing of Dr. Edward J. Grandt. Dr. Grandt, a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, served on the Board of Trustees for more than a decade and was a key force in establishing the College’s nursing program.

Dr. Grandt and his wife, Irene Stein.
Dr. Grandt and his wife, Irene Stein.

Dr. Grandt received his medical degree from the University of Basel, the oldest university in Switzerland founded in 1460, thereby mastering medical school taught completely in German. He completed his residency at the prestigious Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

He married the keenly brilliant Irene Stein, who passed away in 2009. Irene was the daughter of Elmira College Trustee and successful businessman Josef Stein.

Dr. Grandt followed Josef Stein’s tradition of service to Elmira College’s Board of Trustees when he became a trustee and subsequently an exemplary benefactor.

In 1977, he established the endowed Josef Stein Award, recognizing faculty who are relatively new to Elmira College. In 2001, he established the endowed Dr. Kathleen Sward Nursing Excellence Prize, which recognizes a graduating student for their clinical excellence in nursing. His naming of the Irene Stein Grandt Office in Meier Hall is yet another example of his support, as is the donation of his stately family home on Euclid Street, which now serves as the home for Elmira College's president.

In Elmira, Dr. Grandt practiced medicine at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center and St. Joseph's Hospital. He founded Ivy Medical Arts, a premier provider of obstetric and gynecological health care; and he founded Planned Parenthood in Elmira. After retirement from his clinical practice, Dr. Grandt served with the Indian Health Service on the Navajo reservation near Shiprock, New Mexico. A past president of both Temple B'nai Israel and the Arnot Ogden Medical Staff, Dr. Grandt served as director on many Elmira and regional boards including the Chemung Valley Savings and Loan Association, Elmira College, the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Planned Parenthood, and the John W. Jones Museum.

Dr. Grandt's intellect and stamina were outshone only by his generosity and his penchant for helping others. He will be remembered as a professional caregiver and as a pioneer of women's health services throughout the Southern Tier. Dr. Grandt will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and the Elmira community.