News and Events
Press Releases

Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Welcomes New Heritage Society Members \"Photos

Five individuals recognized for making planned gifts

CONTACT: Paula Monaco (518) 629-8071 or
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Oct. 30, 2008

\"Photo Photo Gallery Available

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation recently welcomed five new members to its Heritage Society, which recognizes individuals who have provided, or have made plans to provide, charitable gifts through bequests, trusts and other life income gifts.

Four alumni and one former college employee were welcomed to the society at a dinner held Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Franklin Plaza in Troy. They are:

  • Roger Champagne of Troy, a member of the college's Keepers of the Flame, a distinguished group of retirees from the college. He was a longtime member of the Business Administration faculty, and currently holds the rank of emeritus faculty.

  • Sam Fantroy '64, of Albany, a graduate of the Electrical Technology program. Fantroy played intramural football and basketball while at the college. A lifelong Capital Region resident, he was inspired to include the college in his estate plan when he learned of the campaign initiative dedicated to building the Second Chance Scholarship program.

  • Robert Ralbovsky '66, a graduate from the Mechanical Technology program. A native of Schenectady, he currently resides in Castle Rock, Colorado and decided a few months back to leave something to the college in return for the tremendous start it gave him 40 years ago.
  • Robert Turner '67, who graduated with a degree in Business Administration and spent most of his professional life working for IBM. Turner recently retired to Monument, Colorado and credits Hudson Valley for providing him with a sense of direction and preparedness during a critical time in his life.

  • Gordon Zuckerman '62, who graduated with a degree in chemistry, but not long after entered the insurance profession and spent more than 40 years in the industry. A founder of Murray and Zuckerman, a full service brokerage agency, the Schenectady resident is one of the college's most ardent supporters. He is an officer on the college Foundation's board of directors, a member of the President's Advisory Council and the President's Circle, as well as a key leader on The Promise of Our Region Campaign executive committee.

With these new inductions, the society now has 38 members; the actual value of their collective gifts will not be determined until their estates are settled. The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college's mission.

Guest Speaker William Muller, professor emeritus and a member of the Foundation Board of Directors, told the gathering about what inspired him to join the Heritage Society and what other members can do to inspire others to take this important philanthropic step.

Gifts to the Foundation from alumni, corporations and friends are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate's degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.