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and digital-video-editing system. Established
in 1948 by newspaper industry leader John
Ben Snow, the John Ben Snow Foundation has
long supported the College’s communication
programs.
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Marist is being supported by the
Lavelle
Fund for the Blind
, a charitable foundation
that administers a scholarship program to aid
fnancially needy tri-state residents who are
legally blind. The College has received nearly
$22,000 in scholarship assistance which is
being shared by two visually impaired Marist
students. Longtime Marist board member Bro.
Jim Kearney serves as a trustee of the Lavelle
Fund.
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Marist was awarded a $100,000 grant from the
Hearst Foundation
to establish the William
Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund.
The Hearst Fund supports students from under-
represented populations who show exceptional
academic and leadership potential. It is award-
ed annually to a frst-year student and provides
$5,000 in scholarship funds for the year, after
which Marist provides the same level of support
for the remaining years of the student’s Marist
career. It was founded in 1945 by the news-
paper publishing magnate and inf luential
politician William Randolph Hearst.
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The
J.M. McDonald Foundation
provided a
$50,000 grant in support of the construction of
Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field. The stadi-
um serves Marist’s Division IAA men’s football
team and men’s and women’s Division I soccer
and lacrosse teams. It seats more than 5,000
fans in both grandstand and feld seating and
includes an all-weather playing feld, 200-seat
press box, athletic training room, and team and
offcials’ dressing rooms. J.M. McDonald, who
established the foundation in 1952, contribut-
ed greatly to the development of the modern
retail chain store concept.
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Marist was awarded a $50,000 grant from the
Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
to support
its Department of Environmental Science and
Policy. Marist was part of a select group of insti-
tutions invited to apply for the foundation’s
inaugural round of grant making. A relatively
new foundation, it was established after the
passing of Margaret A. Cargill, a granddaugh-
ter of the founder of Cargill, Inc., the global
agribusiness concern. The foundation is carry-
ing on support for the causes that Margaret A.
Cargill anonymously donated to during her
lifetime, including the arts, animal welfare,
and—as in the case of Marist’s grant—envi-
ronmental research and conservation.
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A Legacy of
Supporting Students
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his past February, the Marist community
was saddened to learn within a matter of
48 hours that two professors emeriti had passed
away—Dr. George B. Hooper, 86, of the School
of Science, and Dr. Eugene H. Melan, 84, of the
School of Management.
Both men were remembered for their
commitment to excellence as teachers and
scholars and for the professional infuence they
had on countless students. They also showed
unassuming generosity by supporting some
of Marist’s most promising students through
scholarships that carried their names.
Among the recent recipients of the Dr.
George B. Hooper Science Scholarship are
Nichole Boisvert ’09, a biomedical science major
and recent Fulbright Scholar who is now study-
ing at Georgetown Medical School, and Andrew
DeBlase ’09, a chemistry major and Goldwater
Scholar who is currently pursuing his Ph.D.
at Yale. The frst Eugene Melan Scholarship in
Business Leadership was awarded to Jesse Shea
’10, whose promise is unfolding as a Financial
Leadership Development Program analyst at
Johnson & Johnson, a Fortune 200 company.
George Hooper arrived at Marist in 1960
and was among the very frst lay faculty to serve
the College. He taught biology at Marist for 31
years and served many years as chair of the
then Division of Science. Rising to the rank of
full professor, he was named a Marist College
Heritage Professor by the board of trustees.
Renowned among colleagues and students
for his research with Drosophila (fruit fies)—
and for his trademark bow tie—Dr. Hooper
held a Ph.D. from Princeton University in evolu-
tionary biology and pursued a lifelong interest
in genetics.
At the time of his retirement, many of Dr.
Hooper’s colleagues, former students, and
friends honored him by making contributions
to endow a scholarship in his name. For nearly
20 years, some of Marist’s top science students
Campaign for Marist
have been recognized and supported through
the Hooper Scholarship. Over the years, Dr.
Hooper and his wife, Kay, took a special inter-
est in helping this endowment grow.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in New
Jersey, George Hooper received his bachelor’s
degree from Seton Hall University in 1949 and
completed his doctorate at Princeton in 1956.
He served in the Korean War and before joining
Marist taught at Princeton and Bard College.
An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed camping,
hiking, and fy fshing. He also taught fy tying
in the Poughkeepsie area and wrote a hand-
book on the subject.
Internationally known for his work in the
areas of systems thinking and quality control,
Dr. Melan came to Marist in 1988 after an illus-
trious career at IBM. Named a Distinguished
Professor of Business in 1993, he taught under-
graduate and graduate business courses for 18
years until his retirement in 2006 and also led
the business internship program to a higher
level of opportunity for Marist students.
Supporting the belief that Marist’s repu-
tation is advanced by top-quality business
graduates, Dr. Melan established a signifcant
endowment to identify and develop students
from the School of Management who have
the potential to become outstanding busi-
ness leaders. The College named the initiative
the Eugene Melan Scholarship in Business
Leadership, and the annual recipient receives
a generous scholarship and the opportunity
to interact with some of the country’s leading
business executives.
Dr. Melan served in the U.S. Navy, includ-
ing a tour in China, and returned home to
complete B.A. and M.S. degrees at New York
University and an M.A. at Union College.
During his career with IBM, which he started
in 1954, he was responsible for operations in
England, France, and Germany. In the latter
part of his career, he managed departments
for computer reliability in Poughkeepsie and
Kingston.
Throughout the course of his careers at IBM
and Marist, he wrote more than 20 technical
papers and two books and was responsible for
six patents. At the age of 78, Eugene Melan
earned a doctorate from the University of
Lancaster, one of the United Kingdom’s top
research institutions.
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Dr. George B. Hooper
Dr. Eugene H. Melan