Building things and solving problems are woven into Albert Marcotte’s DNA.
The Plymouth native helped build his first house at age 12, and he launched a company after graduate school that used computer simulators to teach business executives how to make better decisions at a time when computers were foreign to most people.
The 75-year-old management consultant hopes his latest venture will help solve one of medicine’s most intractable problems — cancer. Marcotte is donating $30 million to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to expand research initiatives. It is the second-largest gift from a single donor in the hospital’s history, according to Dana-Farber. The largest, $50 million, was received a few years ago from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.