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Music Reference Collection, Conference Room at Queens College Named for Music Faculty Member and Alumna

-- Distinguished Music Historian Raymond Erickson, Lifelong Queens Resident and Alumna Mary E. O’Connor Honored with Campus Namings in Gratitude for Their Service to the College --

FLUSHING, NY, November 1, 2017—The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York has approved the naming of a music reference collection in the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music in honor of distinguished music historian and faculty member Raymond Erickson. A conference room at the college has been named for lifelong Queens resident and dedicated alumna Mary E. O’Connor.

In recognition of Music Professor Raymond Erickson’s commitment to maintaining the music library reference collection in the Copland School, the collection has been named the “Raymond Erickson Music Reference Collection.” Erickson, an internationally recognized Bach scholar, noted music historian and keyboardist, joined the Queens College faculty in 1971. He has served as Chair of the Music Department, founding Director of the Copland School, and Dean of Arts and Humanities. Erickson laid the groundwork for the college’s Center for Preparatory Studies in Music and organized the first scholarship endowments for Queens College music majors.

Alumna Mary E. O’Connor, who passed away a year ago, graduated cum laude in June 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. A lifelong resident of Queens, she often expressed appreciation for the excellent education she had received—at no cost to her—and felt it was an obligation to help others enjoy the same benefits. In honor of Ms. O’Connor, Room 347 in Powdermaker Hall—near the Economics Department—has been named the “Mary E. O’Connor Conference Room.”

Ms. O’Connor’s commitment to the college will also endure through a gift for the creation of scholarships for juniors and seniors majoring in economics and/or business administration. A regular attendee at homecoming and alumni events, Ms. O’Connor spent her entire 41-year career with the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States (now known as AXA Equitable), a major life, disability and health insurer in New York City.

“Professor Raymond Erickson and Ms. Mary E. O'Connor embody the spirit of our motto, We Learn so That We May Serve,” said Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “Professor Erickson's contributions have helped to enrich the academic experience for countless students. Ms. O'Connor’s long association with the college has been invaluable to us; now as a generous donor, she will help ensure that future generations of Queens College students will benefit from the same high quality, affordable education that she so valued. These namings will serve as a reminder of their legacies for future scholars.”

About Queens College
Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the metropolitan area. It also contributes to the city’s talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more undergraduate computer science majors than any New York City college. Students from across the country and around the world come to the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors and performers who have received nearly 40 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past 40 years.

The college enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, Queens College helps its nearly 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. The college was recently ranked tenth in the nation by the Chronicle of Higher Education among public U.S. colleges for upward social and economic mobility and globally, by the Center for World University Rankings, in the top 3.5% of schools on such factors as quality of education and faculty, and alumni employment. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year in the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, as well as being ranked a U.S. News and World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more.​​

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