Donor Stories

  • Jemal Beale
    Legacy Gift in Memory of Dr. John O'Meara Follows Forty-Three Years After His Passing
    A legacy gift from the Forrest H. Judkins Trust has been made in support of the John O'Meara Scholarship Fund at Kean University.
  • Jemal Beale
    Two-time Kean Alumnus, Jemal J. Beale, Major General (Ret.), NJSG is Inducted into Medallion Society
    Dr. Jemal J. Beale '92, '95, CEO and President of Apex Solutions Group LLC, is one of the newest members of the Kean University Medallion Society.
  • Jenna Peterpaul
    Couple Leaves $850K to Kean, Expands Scholarship Fund for Future Teachers
    An Elizabeth couple who created a Kean University scholarship in memory of their only daughter bequeathed the Kean University Foundation an additional...
  • Patricia Brady
    Patricia Brady '64
    Dr. Patricia "Pat" Brady '64 is a woman of many talents and passions, as well as an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Her career has taken on many...
  • Arlene Brautigan
    Arlene Brautigan '78
    Ellen Arlene Brautigan '78, known by her friends as Arlene, grew up in Union and later lived in Basking Ridge. After graduating from Union High School in 1961, Arlene first attended Katherine Gibbs Secretarial College, and...
  • Marjorie A. Perry '74
    Marjorie A. Perry '74
    Growing up in the projects of Newark, New Jersey Marjorie knew as a young girl that education would be paramount to transforming her life and helping her to break free from generational cycles that...
  • Cynthia S. Mendelson '90 MA and Samuel W. Mendelson
    Cynthia S. Mendelson '90 MA and Samuel W. Mendelson
    Cynthia Sparks Mendelson '90 MA and her late husband, Samuel Wade Mendelson, shared a mutual connection to Kean University.
  • Jeffrey H. Toney
    Jeffrey H. Toney, Ph.D., FSX
    When Jeffrey H. Toney, Ph.D., FSX, Professor Emeritus and former provost of Kean University, was a student in high school he had the extraordinary...
  • Daniel O'Day
    Daniel O'Day, Jr.
    When reflecting upon his career at Kean University, Dr. Daniel O'Day, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English who served on the faculty for forty-five years...
  • Kevin O'Hare
    Kevin O'Hare '86, '90
    When Kevin O'Hare '86,'90 was just four years old his mother had a stroke which changed his life forever.
  • Frances Marie Ehman Bellak
    Frances Marie Ehman Bellak '52
    When Frances Ehman Bellak '52 graduated from New Jersey State Teachers College, affectionally referred to Newark State Teachers College by its alumni, little did she know that her beloved college...
  • Ina Giardina
    Ina Giardina '63, '67
    According to Ina Giardina '63, '67, it was just luck that caused her to attend Kean University, which was then known as Newark State College.
  • Patricia Graleski
    Patricia Graleski H'24
    Born in Jersey City, Patricia is the oldest child of two deaf parents, neither of whom graduated high school and spent their adult lives as unskilled laborers.
  • Jessie and Rolland Lutz
    Jessie and Rolland "Ray" Lutz — In Memoriam
    The Kean University Foundation gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Drs. Jessie and Rolland "Ray" Lutz for including a bequest in their final estate to support Kean University.
  • Mark E. Lender
    Mark E. Lender
    Award-winning author, historian, and professor emeritus, Dr. Mark Edward Lender dedicated nearly three decades of his career to Kean University.
  • Christian J. Baker
    Stanley H. and Joyce A. '77 Lipson
    Dr. Stanley H. Lipson and Joyce A. Lipson '77 are proud members of the Kean Medallion Society . The couple have included a bequest in their wills to benefit the Kean University Foundation.
  • Christian J. Baker
    Ellen Garshgo McConnell '72
    Ellen Garshgo McConnell has been a loyal and generous donor to the Kean University Foundation since she graduated in 1972.
  • Christian J. Baker
    Christian J. Baker, In Memoriam
    The Kean University Foundation mourns the recent loss of Christian J. Baker, a long-term supporter and friend of...
  • Valerie Ann Leeds
    Valerie Ann Leeds
    Dr. Norma S. Leeds, Professor Emeritus, Trailblazer and Champion for Science
  • Walter T. Holmes '06
    Walter T. Holmes '06
    Walter is extremely grateful for the education he received at Kean University. He attended Kean as an adult...
  • W. Carl Burger
    In Memoriam W. Carl Burger
    The Kean University community mourns the death of W. Carl Burger, professor emeritus, who passed away at his home in Stewartsville, N.J. on Tuesday, February 21.
  • Jane Bodzioch '69, '83
    Jane Bodzioch '69, '83
    Jane is a dedicated volunteer who has distinguished herself by serving on the Board of the Kean University Alumni Association. Over the past years, she has seen many individuals...
  • George H'10 and Dorothy H'10 Hennings
    George H'10 and Dorothy H'10 Hennings
    After teaching for many years as members of Kean's faculty, both George and Dorothy retired. While they had saved enough money for retirement, they were concerned...
  • Penny, '72 '80 and John North
    Penny, '72 '80 and John North
    Penny is a retired school librarian. She returned to college as an adult to earn her bachelor's and master's degrees at Kean, so she was well aware of the difficulties often faced by adult students.
  • Susan G. Krecker '56
    Susan G. Krecker '56
    Susan Krecker has been a loyal and generous donor to the Kean University Foundation for decades. Like many donors who choose to make a planned...