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Jack Rudin, CUNY’s Champion

August 31, 2009 | Partners and Supporters

Across CUNY, a growing number of alumni and their families have made transformative philanthropic gifts to their alma maters. Amongst those families whose gifts have fueled the CUNY renaissance over the last decade, one name stands out: Rudin.

For more than three decades, the the Rudin family has played a leading role in New York City philanthropy. Jack Rudin and The Samuel and May Rudin Foundation have made a broad impact on CUNY through gifts to multiple colleges including $500,000 to the Macaulay Honors College this summer. Beneficiaries have included Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, John Jay College, Borough of Manhattan and Kingsborough Community Colleges. The gifts have supported scholarships, lecture series by visiting scholars and academic resource centers. Last spring, for example, Dan Rather delivered a talk titled “Democracy and the 24-Hour News Cycle” at City College as part of the Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholars Lectures.

Jack Rudin has been an extraordinary supporter of CUNY personally and through the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, named for his mother, May, and his father, Samuel, a 1918 graduate of City College. Mr. Rudin enrolled at City College in 1941. He was drafted the next spring and joined the family business when he returned. Rudin Management went on to become one of the city’s leading real estate firms.

The Rudin family has donated to CUNY colleges through other foundations as well, including The Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation, which has been a generous supporter of nursing scholarships at Bronx Community College.