More than 100 family, friends and colleagues turned out for an on-campus retirement party in honor of Loretta Epstein ’77 on October 16. Loretta began working at Siena in 1972 and soon after was hired by Dell Thompson, Ph.D., to assist him in the formal creation of a fund raising operation for the College. This is now known as the Development Office which supports students and academic programs through the Annual Fund, scholarships, major gifts and planned gifts.
“Loretta was the gatekeeper back then,” said Dave Smith ’79, Vice President for Development and External Affairs. “If anything important was happening at the College, she and Dell were the hub of that activity. During those early years, not only was the Annual Fund established but also in 1974 they led Siena’s first capital fund drive to raise $2.5 million to build the Alumni Recreation Center.”
Over four decades Loretta’s role transformed, culminating in her last 10 years at Siena as a major gift officer, helping to raise millions of dollars in support of Siena students and faculty programs. She and her husband, Bill, made their own gift when they established The Loretta ’77 and William Epstein Endowed Scholarship. It is given to a student based on financial need.
At the retirement party, President Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D., presented Loretta with a check for her scholarship on behalf of the College and her team to commemorate the occasion.
“Loretta embodies the mission of Siena College,” said Fr. Kevin. “She lives the Franciscan message that we are all sisters and brothers. I am very grateful that Loretta has worked so diligently to promote the value of a Siena education.”
Those wishing to thank Loretta for her 40 years of service may do so by sending a donation to her scholarship fund. Please make gifts payable to “Siena College,” indicate “Epstein Endowed Scholarship Fund” in the memo and forward to the Development Office. Loretta will be notified of your generosity.