History of Baruch College Book and Exhibit

Baruch College in the City of New York, 1847-1987

Selma C. Berrol
©1989 Greenwood Press


My first and most important debt is to the Trustees of the Baruch Fund, whose generous grant made it possible for me to undertake the research and writing for this book. I am only slightly less indebted to the late Emanuel Saxe, whose unsurpassed knowledge of the School of Business and Public Administration, careful record keeping, patience, and guidance were extremely valuable and very much appreciated. I am happy to know that he read and approved of the first six chapters; the last three were completed after his death, but in any case, the years they cover did not interest him as much as did the earlier years. Several other former Baruchians--Helen Robison, Gerald Leinwand, Robert Love and Eli Mason--supplied me with information not available in the formal records, for which I thank them.

The current staff of the College was extremely helpful: Allen Moye thought of the title; Esther Liebert and Ronni Widener gave me data on personnel matters, particularly affirmative action; Tom McCarthy supplied enrollment figures; Shirley Gershberg looked up obscure answers to my questions; Ellen Washington clarified current admission and scholarship practices; Barbara Lambert made me an instant expert on transfer students; and the entire reference library staff welcomed me and gave me support. One member of that staff, Robert Harned, was my helpmate and companion as we sifted through sixty-seven years of documents and records that were essential to the writing of this book. Materials that we could not unearth were provided by Barbara Dunlap, who is the City College archivist, and Paul Perkus, who fills the same role at City University headquarters.

Several people were kind enough to read various portions of the manuscript and then make suggestions that made the finished product much better than it otherwise would have been. My thanks go to the former associate dean of the School of Business and Public Administration, Bertha Newhouse; Professors Tom Frazier and Myrna Chase; and the members of the Reading Group of the Institute for Research in History, Cathy Alexander, Jane Allen, Betty Caroli, Nora Mandel, Barbara Blumberg, Carol Neulf-Bates, Jean Mensch and Marilyn Williams.

I am also grateful for the efforts of several co-workers: Professor Carmel Jordan, who edited the entire manuscript; Sonja Yelenovic, who researched 40 years of the Ticker and Reporter; Put Kwan Chen, who produced an elegant final printout; and Blanche Rosenberg, the secretary of the Department of History, who helped in a hundred ways, large and small. My thanks also go to three individuals who managed the practical matters connected with the completion and publication of this book: Vice-President Stephen Wertheimer, my liaison to the Trustees of the Baruch Fund and the Anniversary Committee, and two extremely helpful editors at Greenwood Press, Cynthia Harris, history editor, and Patricia Meyers, production editor.

On a personal note, I am most grateful for the interest of my husband, Edward Berrol, City College, 1941.