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Friday, April 16, 11 am
Dedication of Virginia Frese Hall
A BRIDGE BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE: QUEENS COLLEGE RECOGNIZES
MAJOR GIFTS FROM ALUMNI IN TWO DEDICATION CEREMONIES
FLUSHING, NY, April 1, 2004 -- Queens College will hold dedication ceremonies on April 16 and 15 celebrating substantial gifts from alumni Virginia Frese Palmer and Edwin M. Cooperman. Mrs. Frese Palmer’s recent multiple donations of more than $3.5 million add up to the largest alumni gift in the college's history.
Virginia Frese Palmer, a 1942 graduate, has given a $2.5 million gift to the college. The “B” building—one of the college’s Spanish-style buildings—will be renamed Virginia Frese Hall in her honor. One of the original structures on campus, dating to when it was the site of the New York Parental School for Boys, the building houses the office of the Dean of Students and a variety of student services. Mrs. Frese Palmer will attend the dedication ceremony, which will be held on Friday, April 16 at 11 am.
Mrs. Frese Palmer, who received her BA in Media Studies at Queens College and an MA from Columbia University, enjoyed a long career as a speech pathologist/therapist until her retirement. She is the widow of Gordon Palmer Jr., who co-founded Technitrol Corporation, a global producer of precision-engineered electronic components.
Her generous gift, to be used at the college's discretion, follows Frese’s 2001 contribution of $1,050,000 for the highly regarded Queens College Speech and Hearing Center and the Queens College Women and Work Program. The latter is an innovative life and job skills training program offered free to women with a high school diploma, or those working towards the GED who lack the necessary skills to reenter the workforce.
“There was no money for education when I was growing up, so college wasn’t an option
until Queens College came along,” Mrs. Frese Palmer says. “Now that I’m in a position to do more, I want to make it possible for other students to get the high-quality education that I received.”
One day earlier, on Thursday, April 15 at 5 pm, there will be a reception and dedication officially recognizing the plaza adjacent to the Benjamin S. Rosenthal library as Edwin M. and Judith Cooperman Plaza, in honor of 1964 alumni Edwin Cooperman and his wife, Judith, who donated a gift valued at $1 million to the college.
Cooperman, the chairman of Edmarc Investments LLC, previously had a distinguished career at American Express, where he rose to become chairman and co-chief executive of Travel Related Services, North America. In addition to his Queens College degree, he earned a JD from Ohio State and an LLM degree from New York University School of Law.
The plaza dedication, which Mr. and Mrs. Cooperman will attend, will be held in conjunction with the library’s Annual Friends and Donors Appreciation Reception. The event will take place in the Norman and Carole Barham Rotunda in Rosenthal library.
"Our partnerships with distinguished Queens College alumni such as Mrs. Frese Palmer and Mr. Cooperman have been essential in ensuring that our students receive the highest level of education," says Queens College President James L. Muyskens.
"With these ceremonies, we gratefully recognize the sizable investments these generous individuals have made not only in the future of the Queens College, but also in the future of New York City. Their gifts build a bridge between the past and future of the college and reinforce the impact this unique institution has had on the lives of so many remarkable students.”
Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) is dedicated to the idea that a first-rate education should be accessible to talented individuals of all backgrounds and financial means. Founded in 1937, the college offers an exceptional liberal arts and sciences curriculum, with over 100 undergraduate and graduate programs, that prepares students for a successful future in our global society. Located on a beautiful 77-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and preprofessional programs. Its nearly 17,000 students come from more than 140 nations and speak 66 languages, creating an extraordinarily diverse and welcoming environment.