Hudson Valley Community College statement on the death of Oscar-winning actress Maureen Stapleton
CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, March 13, 2006
The following is a statement from Hudson Valley Community College on the death of Oscar-winning actress Maureen Stapleton:
In 1981, Hudson Valley Community College recognized Maureen Stapleton for her work by naming the 350-seat theatre in its Raymond H. Siek Campus Center in her honor. The theatre, which had been unnamed prior to the dedication, was built as part of the Campus Center, which was completed in 1973.
Ms. Stapleton attended the dedication ceremony, which was presided over by then-President Joseph J. Bulmer, a childhood friend. "She was a good friend and a talented actress," Bulmer said on Monday. "She was proud to be Trojan. She took an interest in Troy, an interest in its people and was glad to do anything to help."
At the time of the theatre's dedication in 1981, Bulmer said: "Maureen has never left Troy in her heart. She's always been a booster of Troy, so we thought it would be appropriate to throw a kiss back to her. This is a special night for a special lady."
Ms. Stapleton returned to campus in 2000, when the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation established the Maureen Stapleton Theatre Fund, an endowment created to support capital improvements to the theatre.
"The entire college community is saddened by the news of Ms. Stapleton's death; the mark she made on stage and screen is indelible. In 1981, Hudson Valley Community College had the privilege to name its theatre in Ms. Stapleton's honor – and we are proud that the theatre continues to be a reminder of her generosity of spirit and love for her hometown," Hudson Valley President Andrew J. "Drew" Matonak said.
The Campus Center is currently undergoing an extensive, $8.4 million renovation, which has resulted in the closure of the theatre since January 2005. The theatre was not included in the renovation project; the college hopes to secure philanthropic support to make the entire renovation of the theatre possible. The Campus Center is scheduled to re-open this Spring, with a formal re-dedication of the building scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28.