Ruth (Bronfman) Marcus ’64, will receive the Ruth S. Harley Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Adelphi University during its 118th Commencement on Monday, May 19, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY.
After graduating from Adelphi’s School of Nursing (renamed the College of Nursing and Public Health in June 2013) with a bachelor’s degree, Ruth (Bronfman) Marcus ’64 embarked on a career in nursing.
At seven years old, in the hospital to get her tonsils removed, she was cared for by a nurse whose level of comfort and support inspired her. From that experience, she decided that nursing was the path she was meant to take.
As a high school student, she volunteered as a candy striper and was a member of the Future Nurses Club. When it came time to consider college, she applied to just one school, Adelphi, and was accepted into its nursing program.
As a senior, just months away from completing her degree, Mrs. Marcus faced an obstacle that could have cut her academic career short. She did not have the financial resources to pay for her final semester. Dean Ruth Harley was able to secure the necessary funding from the University for her, without which Mrs. Marcus would not have been able to afford that semester’s tuition or fulfill her goal of earning a bachelor’s degree.
Today, Mrs. Marcus offers her friendship and commitment to Adelphi as a member of the Ruth S. Harley Planned Giving Society. She has established a scholarship at the University through a bequest for the benefit of nursing students who, like she was, are in need of financial support to complete their degrees at Adelphi.
Mrs. Marcus and her husband have two children (their daughter, Amy, is a psychiatric nurse) and four grandchildren. In their free time, they enjoy traveling.
Each year, Mrs. Marcus reunites with friends from Adelphi’s Class of 1964, many of whom will be at Commencement to celebrate their 50th anniversary from Adelphi.
New York’s Adelphi University is a nationally ranked, doctoral research university where students succeed by gaining the skills, knowledge and exposure to thrive as professionals and active citizens in an interconnected and fast-paced global society. Today, nearly 8,000 students from 39 states and 46 countries pursue degrees in person and online through Adelphi’s eight distinguished schools and programs—the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, the Honors College, the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, the College of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Social Work. Chartered in 1896, Adelphi is known for offering a personalized education—one is which students are mentored by talented and committed faculty members and readily find opportunities to initiate, innovate, explore and understand. With dynamic learning hubs on Long Island, in Manhattan and in the Hudson Valley, Adelphi serves communities, both regionally and globally, through the research and practice of its faculty, the collaborative initiatives undertaken by its centers and programs, the staging of distinguished cultural events and, most essentially, the education of future leaders and informed citizens.
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