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A Legacy Takes Flight

January 3, 2014 by Editor in Alumni Connection

Lonnstrom Landing ezineThe Lonnstrom Legacy at Siena College began 70 years ago when a father brought his young son to the Washington Avenue Armory for Siena basketball games. Thirty years later, his grown son joined the faculty of the College.

Over the span of four decades, Douglas Lonnstrom ’66, Ph.D., has served as professor, Dean of the School of Business, founder of the Siena College Research Institute and author of several books, all bringing recognition to Siena College.

Thanks to The Lonnstrom Family Scholarship they have created, Doug and his wife, Cris, have ensured the Lonnstrom Legacy will continue in perpetuity. In addition to currently funding The Lonnstrom Family Scholarship, Doug and Cris have made several planned gifts, ensuring their scholarship to be one of the College’s largest upon their deaths.

“Cris and I can think of no better way to show the love and appreciation we have for this special place than to create a legacy to provide a Siena College education,” Doug said.

From Awesome To Awful

Lonnstrom’s latest book, co-authored by Tom Kelly, professor emeritus of history and American studies, is titled “US Presidents From Awesome to Awful: The Best 3 in a Row and the Worst 3  in a Row.” The authors asked department heads at other colleges and universities to select history and political science professors to judge presidential history based on 20 categories of measurement.

You can purchase the book with a $29.95 check made payable to Siena College and sent to the Alumni Relations Office, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY 12211. Please specify that the check is for the book. The authors will donate $9 for each purchase to Siena, making the book not only a good gift for a loved one, but a good gift for the College.

If you would like to learn more about creating your own legacy at Siena College, please contact Director of Gift Planning, Jack Sise ’75, Esq., at 518-783-2315 or at