Lehman College 2018 Gala Honorees

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The President's Medal Posthumously awarded to Edith and Herbert Lehman - Accepted by their granddaughter, Wendy Lehman Lash

A special President’s Medal will be awarded posthumously to Edith and Herbert H. Lehman and accepted by their granddaughter Wendy Lehman Lash, who is president of the Edith A. and Herbert H. Lehman Foundation, Inc.

Edith Lehman was a lifelong philanthropist devoted to supporting organizations that helped the poor, the elderly, and disadvantaged children. A constant presence at her husband’s side throughout his long political career, she was also his most influential and trusted political advisor.

The College’s namesake, Herbert H. Lehman, served as Governor, and later as a U.S. Senator from New York. He was the first Director General of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), which provided 25 million tons of supplies to the refugees of World War II. Herbert H. Lehman represents the highest standards of honor and integrity in public service. The vision and the legacy of the Lehmans guide the College to this day.

Edith and Herbert Lehman were devoted to causes related to children and animals. They founded the Lehman Children’s Zoo (now the Tisch Zoo) in Central Park. After her husband’s death, Edith Lehman established a Lehman Chair in Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in his memory.