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Hudson Valley Community College Foundation Receives Largest-Ever Gift from an Alumnus
June 30, 2006

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation today announced that it has received the single-largest gift made to the Foundation by an alumnus, and the $480,000 donation will strengthen a general endowment to benefit the college and enhance the college’s Electrical Construction and Maintenance program.

Class of 1955 graduate Robert Pratt, an AT&T retiree who lives in Albany, donated two life insurance policies to the college. Complete press release.

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Hudson Valley President Andrew J. Matonak Hudson Valley President Andrew J. Matonak President Matonak and Robert Pratt �55 President Matonak and Robert Pratt ‘55
Mr. Pratt is interviewed by WGY Radio (810-AM) reporter Dawn Spicer. Mr. Pratt is interviewed by WGY Radio (810-AM) reporter Dawn Spicer. Foundation President Sarah M. Boggess Foundation President Sarah M. Boggess
Phillip White, dean of the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies Phillip White, dean of the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies Mr. Pratt is joined by his wife, Helen, and his niece, Sandy Zerrillo. Mr. Pratt is joined by his wife, Helen, and his niece, Sandy Zerrillo.
From left to right, Mr. Pratt�s niece, Sandy Zerrillo, President Matonak, Mr. Pratt, Mrs. Pratt, Foundation Chairman William F. Fagan �73 and Gordon Zuckerman �62, Foundation board member. From left to right, Mr. Pratt’s niece, Sandy Zerrillo, President Matonak, Mr. Pratt, Mrs. Pratt, Foundation Chairman William F. Fagan ’73 and Gordon Zuckerman ’62, Foundation board member. Joseph Sarubbi, chairman of the Electrical Construction and Maintenance Department, which will benefit from Mr. Pratt�s generosity. Joseph Sarubbi, chairman of the Electrical Construction and Maintenance Department, which will benefit from Mr. Pratt’s generosity.
Mr. Pratt and President Matonak unveil the plaque that designates Williams Hall Room 104 as the Robert �55 and Leonora Pratt Electrical/Electronics Laboratory. Leonora Pratt was Mr. Pratt�s mother, and she was an elementary school teacher who taught her son the importance of education. Mr. Pratt and President Matonak unveil the plaque that designates Williams Hall Room 104 as the Robert ’55 and Leonora Pratt Electrical/Electronics Laboratory. Leonora Pratt was Mr. Pratt’s mother, and she was an elementary school teacher who taught her son the importance of education. President Matonak reads the plaque to Mr. Pratt. President Matonak reads the plaque to Mr. Pratt.
President Matonak presents Mr. Pratt with a framed copy of the plaque. President Matonak presents Mr. Pratt with a framed copy of the plaque. Mr. Pratt and President Matonak are joined by, from left to right, members of the Rensselaer County Legislature: Legislator Brian Zweig, Minority Leader Ginny O�Brien and Legislator Peter Grimm, a Hudson Valley alumnus. Mr. Pratt and President Matonak are joined by, from left to right, members of the Rensselaer County Legislature: Legislator Brian Zweig, Minority Leader Ginny O’Brien and Legislator Peter Grimm, a Hudson Valley alumnus.