There is a strong history of nursing and patient care in the Aldisert family.
Caesar Aldisert, Helen Aldisert’s late husband and Regina’s father, graduated from the School of Medicine in 1943, and Helen Aldisert earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. John’s College.
Their daughter. Regina Aldisert, felt strongly along with her late husband, Terry Laughlin, a former member of the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees, that this passion and history should be carried forward at Pitt by honoring Regina’s parents. Indeed, their daughter, Rena Kate, and Laughlin’s sister, Kate, are both nurse practitioners.
Helen Aldisert was a trustee of Achieva and ARC of Greater Pittsburgh, as well as a founding board member and former president of Southwinds, which supports adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Allegheny County. Today, she enjoys traveling.
Regina Aldisert earned her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, and her bachelor’s degree from American University. She is the cofounder of 1000 Women for Mentoring, an initiative project of MENTOR, which connects young people with mentors in New York City. She also serves on the board of trustees of the Brooklyn Museum.
In 2019, wanting to support students who were pursuing nursing careers, the Aldisert family established the Caesar O. Aldisert, MD, and Helen M. Aldisert, BSN, Nursing Scholarship in recognition of Regina Aldisert’s parents.