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Adelphi University Building Honorees

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Frank D. Blodgett

Frank D. Blodgett

  • Second President of Adelphi University, 1915-1937
  • Presided over selection and development of Garden City campus, 1928
  • Mayor of Oneonta, New York
  • Former Professor of Classics and Greek
Alice Brown

Alice Brown

  • Adelphi Class of 1985 (Masters of Arts)
  • Former Director of the Early Learning Center at Adelphi University
Alger B. Chapman

Alger B. Chapman

  • Chairman of Adelphi’s Board of Trustees, 1949-1958
  • Former Chairman of the New York State Tax Commission
  • Former Chairman of the New York State Republican Party
  • Former Chairman of the Beech Nut Life Savers Co.
Genevieve Beavers Earle

Genevieve Beavers Earle

  • Adelphi Class of 1907
  • First woman member of the New York City Council
  • Former Professor of Classics and Greek
  • Republican Minority Leader of the New York City Council 1940-1949
  • Recipient of Adelphi’s Honorary Doctorate of Laws, 1942
Paul Dawson Eddy

Paul Dawson Eddy

  • Third President of Adelphi University, 1937-1965
  • Presided over re-establishment of Adelphi as a coeducational university, 1946
  • Created Adelphi’s School of Nursing, 1944
  • Adelphi School of Social Work, 1949
  • Established Adelphi’s program in doctoral education, 1950
Horace Hagedorn

Horace Hagedorn

  • Long Island business leader and philanthropist
  • Founder of Miracle-Gro Garden Products
  • Director Emeritus of The Scotts Company
  • Recipient of Adelphi’s honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, 2001
Ruth S. Harley

Ruth S. Harley

  • Adelphi Class of 1924
  • Professor of Latin
  • Adelphi University Registrar, 1932-1942
  • University Dean of Women (later Dean of Students), 1942-1970
  • Distinguished Service Award, 1953
  • Dean Emeritus
Anna E. Harvey

Anna E. Harvey

  • Dean of the College, 1912-1935
Adele Klapper

Adele and Herbert J. Klapper

  • Owners of Superior Sewing Machine & Supply, LLC
  • Renowned art collectors
  • Dual degree holder in art (Adele, Adelphi Class of 1992 and 1999)
Charles H. Levermore

Charles H. Levermore

  • Founder and first President of Adelphi University, 1896-1912
  • Academic visionary; principal of Adelphi Academy
  • Led efforts to create Adelphi as a four year college, 1896
  • Founding member of the Union League in New York City
  • Recipient of Bok Peace Prize, 1924
James A. Linen

James A. Linen

  • Chairman of Adelphi’s Board of Trustees, 1958-1964
  • Former publisher and president of Time Magazine
Robert G. Olmsted

Robert G. Olmsted

  • Acting President of Adelphi University, 1967-1969
  • Member of Adelphi’s Board of Trustees, 1940-1942, 1949-1972
  • Honorary Life Trustee, 1972
James H. Post

James H. Post

  • Sugar magnate; philanthropist
  • Chairman of Adelphi’s Board of Trustees, 1908-1938
Leon A. Swirbul

Leon A. Swirbul

  • President and one of six founders of Grumman Aircraft
  • Engineering Corporation
  • Member of Adelphi’s Board of Trustees, 1958-1960
  • Recipient of Adelphi’s Honorary Doctorate of Laws, 1959
Ruth Fanslow Waldo

Ruth Fanshaw Waldo

  • Adelphi Class of 1909
  • Member of Adelphi’s Board of Trustees, 1938-1964
  • Secretary of Adelphi’s Board of Trustees
  • Honorary Life Trustee, 1964
  • Vice President of J. Walter Thompson Advertising, one of the first women executives in American advertising
Hy Weinberg

Hy Weinberg

  • Prominent banker and philanthropist
  • Partner of Goldman Sachs & Co
  • Husband of Marjorie Weinberg Berman, first master’s degree student of Adelphi’s Department of Speech Arts and Communicative Disorders; degree conferred 1961
Timothy L. Woodruff

Timothy L. Woodruff

  • Petitioned Board of Regents of the State of New York to grant creating a coeducational college, 1896
  • Classmate of Dr. Levermore
  • First President of the Adelphi College Board of Trustees, 1896-1908
  • Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York, 1896-1902


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