The Colgate Scene
January 2007

James B. Colgate Society gifts support strategic plan

Seated, from left: Pamela P. Kindler '76, P'04'08, Laurene F. Small '78, Amy Elrod P'04'05, and Robin A. Lampert P'10. First row standing, from left: Jacques S. Theriot '57, P'90, President Chopp, Linda L. Cronin P'08'10, Jean F. Hieber W'58, P'91, Debi L. Shaw, Patricia K. Applegate '74, Edgar A. Lampert '62, P'10, and John A. Golden '66, chairman, Board of Trustees. Second row standing, from left: Denis F. Cronin '69, P'08'10, Paul H. '60 and Barbara Jenkel P'89, Jennifer M. Hieber '91, Robert A. Kindler '76, P'04'08, John C. Shaw '76, Barry J. Small '76, and James L. Elrod '76, P'04'05. Not pictured are: George N. Butz '31, posthume; Richard J. Head '50, posthume; Natalie F. Theriot P'90; and Russell C. '70 and Eileen Wilkinson. [Enlarge] [Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko]

At the seventh semi-annual James B. Colgate Society dinner, more than 100 of Colgate's most generous and loyal supporters donned sequins and tuxedoes to induct the newest members and celebrate what President Rebecca Chopp called their "irrepressible passion and enduring connection to Colgate."

The James B. Colgate Society, named more than a decade ago for the university's first million-dollar donor, now has 89 members, including the 23 generous individuals who joined the society on October 20 at New York's St. Regis Hotel.

Among the new members, five are from the Class of '76 and three are founding members of Colgate's new Alumnae Leadership Council. Common to all of the leadership donors is love for Colgate and hope for its future.

"Tonight is an act, a celebration, a demonstration of great hope for the future of Colgate and for Colgate's contribution to the future," said President Chopp. "For many, hope is a feeling, but for us tonight, it is a way of investing and giving back, a way of doing and making a difference."

On hand at the celebration were several current and past members of Colgate's Board of Trustees as well as Colgate's 11th and 13th presidents and their spouses: Tom Bartlett (1969-1977) and his wife, Molly, and Neil Grabois (1988-1999) and his wife, Miriam.

Board of Trustees Chairman John Golden '66 thanked this year's inductees for collectively supporting all aspects of Colgate's "straightforward, energetic, and achievable strategic plan."

Their gifts reflected Colgate's commitment to leadership in the 21st century, as well as its many strengths.

For example, Edgar A. '62 and Robin Lampert P'10 initiated an endowed scholars fund to support examination and debate of public affairs and public policy issues. Barry J. '76 and Laurene Feeney '78 Small honored Barry's coach, mentor, and friend by endowing the John Beyer Endowed Chair in Soccer. The Jay '76 and Debi Shaw Endowed Fund for Wellness will help generations of Colgate students develop healthy habits and lifestyles. Patricia Applegate '74 dedicated her leadership gift to the Alumnae Leadership Fund. A posthumous gift from Richard J. Head '50 resulted in the creation of an endowed chair in philosophy.

Several gifts were dedicated to Colgate's new Case Library and Information Technology Center, which President Chopp called "quite literally a temple to the importance of teaching and learning, writing and speaking, communicating locally and around the world." Robert A. '76 and Pamela Pickert '76 Kindler P'04'08 created the vast new Kindler Music Room, which will carry on their shared passion for music study while merging the print and digital ages. Jean F. Hieber W '58, P'91 and Jennifer M. Hieber '91 supported the new fifth-floor Hieber Commons, Reading Room, and Cyber Café in the name of their late husband and father, William G. Hieber '58. Leadership gifts from Denis '69 and Linda Cronin P'08'10 and Russell '70 and Eileen Wilkinson also will help Colgate achieve its strategic vision for the Case Library expansion.

Finally, many of the gifts fueled Colgate's Annual Fund and general endowment, which will dramatically enhance Colgate's ability to expand access to the university through financial aid and scholarships -- including those from James L. '76 and Amy Elrod P'04'05, Paul H. '60 and Barbara Jenkel P'89, Jacques S. '57 and Natalie Theriot, and the estate of George N. Butz '31. For those, President Chopp was especially grateful.

"An act of hope for a college is an ongoing event, of course. Providing generously to our Annual Fund supports academics, arts, athletics, financial aid, and all aspects of Colgate."

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