Lawrence Zicklin '57
Lawrence Zicklin, over the years you have made extraordinary contributions to the world around you. You have given generously of your time, your wisdom, your resources, and your spirit. When you endowed the Zicklin School of Business, you credited your success in life to the education you received, and the enduring relationships you made, at Baruch. ?No Baruch,? you famously said, ?no Zicklin.? Your ongoing commitment to the deepest principles of philanthropy has helped transform those words into ?No Zicklin, no Baruch.?
From your start at your parents' candy store in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to your celebrated career as managing partner and chairman of Neuberger Berman, you have rarely sat still. You have been a student of life, a wise teacher of business ethics, a devoted family man, and a trusted friend and donor to many important causes. You have found the time to teach at New York University's Stern School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where you received your MBA, and to volunteer for a number of causes. When you recently stepped down from your three-year term as president of UJA-Federation of New York, you advised your successor to ?select priorities and concentrate on them?then be flexible enough to completely change course.? As a business leader and as a citizen of the world, you have remained dedicated and open-minded, and you have had a profound influence on the lives of many.
When you visited the Baruch campus in 1996, you were galvanized by the energy and motivation of the students and by the College's unwavering commitment to provide excellent, affordable education. Your immediate response was to make a generous gift to the Campaign for Baruch in honor of your friend, partner, and fellow Baruch alumnus, Marvin Schwartz. In 1998 you became a Trustee of The Baruch College Fund, and from 2001 to 2003 you served as the fund's president. You have understood that no one achieves alone?and that no one should have to. In your actions and your words, you have exemplified the root meaning of ?philanthropy?: loving people.
In 1998 you and your wife, Carol, made an historic gift to the College that has helped elevate the quality of a Baruch education in unprecedented ways. To honor your generosity and your ongoing commitment to public higher education, the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York approved the naming in perpetuity of the Zicklin School of Business. Today, the Zicklin School is the largest and one of the most esteemed business schools in the country, and the value of a Baruch degree is at an all-time high.
When you gave your most recent gift to Baruch?an endowment for the Center for Financial Integrity?you honored your cousin Robert Zicklin, because, you said, ?Bob was in the best sense a stickler for ethics and the law; he never cut corners, he always played down the middle, and for me he was the model of integrity.? For Baruch, Larry Zicklin is the model of integrity. Throughout your career, you have demonstrated uncommon commitment to the values of philanthropy, public service, personal morality, and corporate accountability. You have remembered your roots and displayed an unusual and sustained level of empathy for those less fortunate than yourself. You have never forgotten that education is a journey, not a destination, and to that end you have been tireless in your social, corporate and educational commitments.
You have been a student, a teacher, a donor, and a friend. You have upheld the values and core mission of public education in exceptional ways. In deeply-felt recognition of your continued support, and in honor of the cousin whose values helped shaped your own, we are proud to rename the Center for Financial Integrity the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity.
September 28, 2004
William '47 and Anita Newman
William and Anita Newman are a remarkable couple who exhibit a loving devotion, a spirit of generosity, and an unwavering concern for the welfare of Baruch College and its students.
Bill, you followed in your father's footsteps, entering Baruch College (at that time, the School of Business and Civic Administration of City College). You were only 15 years old. You left to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received your degree after you returned, in 1947. You and Anita Eagle, a classmate at Evander Childs High School in the Bronx, were married that same year. You became a certified public accountant and joined your father's accounting firm.
You have worked for only one firm, founded by your father, a small family enterprise that through your foresight and keen business intuition grew into a publicly traded billion-dollar corporation. Although trained as an accountant, you persuaded your father to buy the office buildings and factories left empty by the Depression. Your hard work and meticulous standards turned these purchases into the real estate company that became New Plan Excel Realty Trust, which today manages 23 shopping centers in New York State alone and many more in virtually every state east of the Mississippi. You have reaped many honors and financial rewards. Four times you were awarded the Wall Street Transcript 's gold, silver, or bronze medal for national leadership in the real estate industry. Your success in business and life can be summed up by your favorite quote from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: ?There is a tide in the affairs of men which taken at the flood leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in misery.?
You have always remembered the foundation of your success: ?Choosing Baruch proved to be one of the smartest decisions I ever made,? you have said. ?It has affected almost everything that has happened to me since.? In 1993 your fondness for your alma mater ignited into a renewed commitment. Your goal: to help Baruch help a new generation of young people. To that end, you and your wife made a remarkable first gift. With great humility, you claimed you were simply paying back your tuition. Your words created the theme and your generosity spurred the success of Baruch's capital campaign. In 1994 Baruch named its since-award-winning library the William and Anita Newman Library in your honor.
In 1995 together you and the College helped realize one of your lifelong dreams by creating the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, a place where the next generation of leaders in the real estate profession could be educated. You endowed it in memory of your son, Steven, who was your partner at New Plan Excel Realty. The institute, in conjunction with the College's new Bachelor of Science degree program in real estate and metropolitan development, has established Baruch as a leader in the field of real estate education. Your newly endowed chair in real estate finance will further propel the new real estate program into national prominence.
Over the years, the College has variously recognized your abiding commitment to higher education as well as your leadership and vision. You have served as Trustee of The Baruch College Fund since 1993 and chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Newman Real Estate Institute. In 1993 you were the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award and in 1997 of an honorary doctorate. But some people cannot be recognized or thanked enough. For all that you have done and continue to do, we proffer our thanks again . Today, we name our award winning new building the William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus in your honor.
September 28, 2004
Lawrence N. Field '52
Your life has been enormously successful. You manifest a magic equilibrium that balances a career, which engages your passionate intelligence, with a deep commitment to your family and friends as well as to the many fortunate communities that call you a member.
You are an unrivaled entrepreneur, building your successful career through fearlessness, hard work, and creative vision. The only child of Hungarian immigrants who owned a neighborhood grocery store in the East Bronx, you learned firsthand about the rigors of life as a small-business entrepreneur. As a young scholar at Christopher Columbus High School, you received a medal in history, prompting your parents to advise you to become a history teacher. However, you chose a more familiar path, that of entrepreneur, like your father. Only you had bigger dreams, and in 1952 you graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College, having formed lifelong friendships with the members of your Houseplan, Ketchum '52.
After a stint in the Army, you began pursuing entrepreneurial ventures at an unlikely place. In two weeks' time, while promoting Lever Brothers' new product, Dove soap, you outsold the other 19 salespeople combined by 225 percent. With Baruch classmate and fellow Ketchum member Al Bronstein, you became partners in a Bronx-based real estate brokerage firm. In 1963 you earned a Juris Doctor from New York Law School.
In 1965 you relocated with your beloved wife, Eris, and children to the West Coast. Since 1968 you have been involved in the acquisition and development of more than $400 million of real estate in Southern California, most recently as the founder and principal of NSB Associates. During your career, you have helped develop some of the most important real estate in the United States, transforming Los Angeles into an emblematic American landscape.
A noted philanthropist, you are deeply dedicated to your community?on both coasts. Your alma mater, for one, is grateful for your abiding commitment. In 1998 you endowed Baruch's Small Business Lab, which was renamed the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship. As a result of your gift, the center's community impact grew tenfold and remains the most valued resource for entrepreneurs in New York City. In 1999 you became a Trustee of The Baruch College Fund.
In recognition of your stellar achievements, on June 1, 2004, at Baruch's Commencement Ceremony, the College was proud to bestow upon you the degree of Doctor of Commercial Science, honoris causa . Your acceptance address shared the wisdom that lies behind your success and will forever remain a gift to the 3,600 new graduates:
The lessons I learned at Baruch taught me the traits of successful people. Those traits never change: positive thinking, persistence, hard work, innovation, and integrity? Go out into the world and realize your dreams. Put your whole heart into everything you do?in every area of your life?and you will be rewarded.
Today, with deep gratitude, it is the College's pleasure to announce that you have created the Field Family Chair in Entrepreneurship . In recognition of your unfailing devotion to Baruch College, we are honored to place your family's name on the College's first building at 23rd Street and 17 Lexington Avenue. Generations of students have received their education at ?17 Lex.' Future generations will refer to the College's most historic location as Eris and Lawrence N. Field Hall.
September 28, 2004
Marvin Antonowsky '49, MBA '52
Marvin Antonowsky, over the years you have helped bring dreams to life, first as creative business executive and producer in the film and television industries and more recently as warm-hearted double alumnus of and philanthropist to Baruch College.
You established the foundation of your tremendous business successes in the classrooms of Baruch College, then City College Downtown. In 1949 you earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and in 1952 a Master of Business Administration in marketing and statistics.
You began your career with the advertising agency Kenyon and Eckhart, where you were media research director before becoming marketing vice president in 1957. Next you joined Norman, Craig and Kummel, where you were vice president of marketing services. In 1965 you were named vice president in charge of media research and spot buying at J. Walter Thompson. Four years later, you joined ABC-TV as vice president in charge of research. The pinnacle of your career in network television came in your role as vice president of programming at NBC-TV, where you conceived of the idea for the groundbreaking, long-running late-night comedy showcase Saturday Night Live.
In 1976 you made the transition from television to motion pictures as a senior vice president for Universal Studios. From 1980 to 1984, you headed Columbia Pictures Marketing and Research. You have also worked as a marketing consultant to Tri-Star Pictures and oversaw marketing operations at Universal Pictures. In 1990 you were named executive vice president of Columbia Pictures. In 1993 you became executive vice president at Price Entertainment. During your film career, you helped bring to local and international theatre screens such artistically successful and memorable Hollywood blockbusters as Out of Africa, The Big Chill, Tootsie, and Gandhi.
In 1999, on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Reunion of your undergraduate class, you returned to your alma mater ready to lend it your intellectual acuity, warmth, and tenacious integrity as well as shower it with generosity. You became a Trustee of The Baruch College Fund and founder of Baruch's Marketing Committee, which helped the university better position itself in the educational marketplace. Soon you endowed the Marvin Antonowsky Chair in Theatre. Its current holder has led the arts revitalization and transformation of this institution, now a choice professional venue for New York's theatre community. Only time?and vision?can predict the transformative value of your extremely generous recent gift.
In recognition of your deep commitment to the students and the cultural life of Baruch College and for making creative and educational aspirations a reality for many, we are proud to name the Marvin Antonowsky Performing Arts Complex , in our magnificent Newman Vertical Campus, in your honor.