George Eastman Circle Newsletter
Coming Home to Rochester
Meliora Weekend 2010 was an experience to treasure. The community was alive with energy and enthusiasm. For the first time, the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the School of Nursing, and the Eastman School of Music joined the schools on the River Campus for a celebration on the same fall weekend. The result was a panoramic view of excellence across our University. Eastman Circle members had opportunities to explore areas that spark their interests and match their passions. We saw firsthand how the Eastman Circle is moving the University forward and the tangible impact we are making.
George Eastman Circle
|Arts, Sciences, and Engineering: Dean Rob Clark, Dean Joanna Olmsted, Larry Bloch '75 (James S. Armstrong Alumni Service Award), Lou Lange '70 (Distinguished Alumnus Award, School of Arts and Sciences), John Major '67 (Distinguished Alumnus Award, Hajim School), Nomi Bergman '85 (John N. Wilder Award), Bob Goergen '60 (Dean's Medal), and Dean Peter Lennie|
|School of Medicine and Dentistry: Dean Mark Taubman, Richard M. Hodes '82M (MD) (Humanitarian Award), Ruth Anderson Lawrence '49M (MD), '58M (Res) (Distinguished Alumnus Award), Brad Berk '81M (MD), '81M (PhD), Robert Scala '56M (MS), 56M (PhD) (Alumni Service Award), C. McCollister "Mac" Evarts '57M (MD), '64M (Res), and Frederick B. Parker '58, '62M (MD) (John N. Wilder Award)|
|Simon School of Business: Dean Mark Zupan, Evans Lam '83, '84S (MBA) (John N. Wilder Award), President Joel Seligman, and Jay S. Benet '76S (MBA) (Distinguished Alumnus Award)|
|School of Nursing: David Bandych, Rachel Brody Bandych (accepted the Dean's Medal on behalf of her family), Dean Kathy Parker, Bernard Brody '51M (MD), Shaina Epstein '09, and Sarah Brody Epstein and Evelyn Lutz '55N, '63 (John N. Wilder Award)|
Since the first days of the Charter Phase, involvement by the University’s Board of Trustees has been a key factor in the growth and high level of interest in the George Eastman Circle. Trustees — working in partnership with University leaders — were central to establishing the George Eastman Circle and among its first members. They set an example for others through their generosity and enthusiasm, and their leadership of the movement is now a part of University history. We are pleased to welcome three new University Trustees, all George Eastman Circle members, who have joined us recently:
Robert Keegan ’72S (MBA), retired chairman of the board of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, has long associations with the University community. He served in Goodyear’s top leadership ranks as president and chief operating officer as well as CEO and chairman. Before joining Goodyear, he was an executive vice president of Eastman Kodak Company and president of the Consumer Imaging business. Keegan received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Simon School of Business in 2007 and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University in 2010. He has been a valued advisor to the Simon School as well as an advocate for and supporter of student scholarships.
Laurence Kessler, a Rochester entrepreneur and owner of restaurant development companies, is the founder and co-owner of The Kessler Group Inc. & Kessler Family LLC. In the early years of his business career, he was a broker and vice president for investment firms in New York and Florida. Kessler and his brother, Dennis, who is the Edward J. and Agnes V. Ackley Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Simon School, are longtime supporters of the University and have established the Kessler Burn & Trauma Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Kathleen McMorran Murray ’74 is owner and founder of McMorran Strategists LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in driving business improvement initiatives. Murray has held leadership positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers as managing director of operations, Aetna Inc. as senior vice president of Aetna Retirement Services, and chief operating officer of Aetna Business Resources, among other roles. Among her many contributions to the University of Rochester, she has established the Kathleen McMorran Murray Endowed Scholarship Fund. Currently, she is a board member of Verity Wines LLC, a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, and a board member of Harvard Business School Women’s NYC Association.
Announced during Meliora Weekend, our 2011 George Eastman Circle Dinner in New York City will be held on February 10 at The Pierre. The featured speaker will be New York Times editorial columnist David Brooks. He is currently a commentator on the "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and has been a senior editor at The Weekly Standard as well as a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic. Brooks is also the author of two acclaimed books published by Simon & Schuster.
We look forward to seeing you in New York City for what has become a great George Eastman Circle tradition.
We are deeply grateful for your support and commitment to the University of Rochester. Please contact us with comments and suggestions for future issues of the George Eastman Circle Newsletter. You can bookmark our Web site to learn about how to become more involved.
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University of Rochester
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