College Community Remembers President Emeritus Lief


Dr. Leonard LiefMembers of the Lehman community gathered on November 28 to honor the College’s founding president, Dr. Leonard Lief, who died last summer at age 83. Held on the first floor of the Leonard Lief Library, the memorial service opened with a musical prelude, followed by remembrances of Dr. Lief by his friends and colleagues.

Those sharing their memories of Dr. Lief were: CUNY Chancellor Dr. Matthew Goldstein; Lehman President Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández; Stony Brook University President Dr. Shirley Strum Kenny; Lehman Vice President Emeritus Dr. Glen Nygreen; Dean of Adult and Continuing Education Dr. Michael Paull; Professor Emerita Dr. Beryl Herdt; Professor Emeritus Jacob Judd; and Professor Emeritus Dr. Edward Spingarn. Dr. Paul Kreuzer, assistant dean of academic standards, advising, and evaluation (retired), read a remembrance on behalf of Dr. Lief’s daughter, Madelon.

The musical prelude at the beginning of the ceremony was performed by alumna Darina Bejtja, Irynn Somera and Claire Stancarone (Lehman students), and Karl Watson of the instructional staff. Providing a musical interlude during the ceremony were Lehman graduate student Mary Barto (flautist) and Lehman alumnus Robert White, who performed “Three Irish Folksongs” by Distinguished Professor of Music John Corigliano.

At the reception following the service, a new video was presented, celebrating Dr. Lief’s work and entitled “The Legacy of Leonard Lief.”

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Last modified: Oct 13, 2011

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