University of Rochester

Scholarship Fund Named for Longtime University Officer

January 18, 2002

An endowed scholarship fund for undergraduates has been established to recognize more than 40 years of service to the University of Rochester by Vice President Emeritus and Honorary Trustee Roger Lathan.

The Roger and Joan Lathan Scholarship Fund was formally approved yesterday in a vote by the Board of Trustees' Executive Committee.

"No individual personifies the University of Rochester-or has been more loyal to it-than Roger," said President Thomas H. Jackson, "and his wife has been his constant, and enthusiastic, supporter in all of his endeavors on behalf of our institution."

The creation of the scholarship "signifies the enormous respect and admiration that Roger has from the board and from me for his role in advancing the University over the past four decades," he added.

Lathan, a 1954 graduate of the University, served under five of the University's nine presidents. He joined the University in 1960, serving in a variety of positions in development and alumni affairs. He was named assistant vice president for University relations in 1979, and vice president for University relations in 1981. He became vice president and general secretary, with responsibility for trustee relations and assisting the president, in 1987. Since 1997, Lathan has held the title of vice president emeritus and special assistant to the president. He also is an honorary life trustee.