Trustees acknowledge recent gifts to UD

At its spring meeting May 22, the University of Delaware Board of Trustees recognized the generosity of several benefactors and established funds in their honor.

Those honored by the trustees included:

• the late Edward R. Rosenberg, a member of the Class of 1929, and his wife, Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg, who provided the University with nearly $7 million through a combination of charitable remainder trusts and bequests. The Rosenbergs’ combined gifts have created named professorships in the Professional Theatre Training Program and the departments of Sociology and Art Conservation and have supported a distinguished journalist-in-residence and graduate fellowships and program support in the Department of Art Conservation.

• the late Howard L. Robertson Sr., a member of the Class of 1931, who created a trust valued in excess of $1.9 million, which is being used to create the Howard L. Robertson Sr. and J. Jesse Selinkoff Memorial Scholarship Fund for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies in civil engineering or medicine and the health and life sciences.

• Margaret Prosser Allen, a member of the University’s art faculty from 1942 to 1975, who has given stock valued in excess of $150,000 to create the Margaret P. Allen Endowed Lectureship Fund for the Department of Art, which will support the department and a lectureship program in the studio arts.

• the late Mr. and Mrs. William P. Law, who bequeathed to UD more than $275,000 for the establishment of an endowed scholarship fund, the William P. Law and Gladys B. Law Memorial Fund, which will assist deserving Delaware students.

• former Delaware Gov. Elbert N. Carvel, UD trustee from 1945 to 1985, and his wife, Ann V. Carvel, who have pledged $2 million to be used toward the construction of a new Research and Education Center on the grounds of the current center in Georgetown. The board voted to name the new building the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center.

• the late Polly Russell Dowling, mother of Louise D. Roselle. The trustees established an endowment in her name with an initial gift of $20,000, to which the MBNA Foundation contributed $1 million. The income from this endowment will be used for supplemental stipends for particularly deserving students in the Professional Theatre Training Program.

• Paul R. Jones of Atlanta, a distinguished champion of civil rights, a successful entrepreneur and civil servant and a pioneer in the acquisition of African-American art, who donated his collection of some 1,000 works of African-American art to the University.

• Frederick and Lucy S. Herman of Norfolk, Va., who donated to UD their collection of Native American art, including more than 170 Inuit drawings and additional drawings by Aleuts, as well as Inuit carvings, North West Coast Indian drawings and carvings, American Indian drawings and carvings and some works from Central America.

• MBNA America, which has provided funding for several important academic and support facilities and greatly increased the amount of scholarship assistance available to UD students, including a pledge of $25 million to the Campaign for Delaware, with $3 million for the Career Services Center. In gratitude for the many years of support, the board voted to name the new Career Services Center on Academy Street the MBNA America Career Services Center.

Contact: John Brennan, (302) 831-2072

May 24, 2001