Category: 1970’s

A. Patrick Bright*

Before graduating from Syracuse University, Bright served in the Air Force in World War II. Bright’s father founded Dunk and Bright Furniture, and Bright built it into the largest retail showroom in New York State. Bright served as the director of several charitable organizations, including the Community Hospital Foundation, Brighton Home Corporation, and the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce.

Russell C. Carlson*

After serving in the U.S. Navy, Russell C. Carlson attended Dartmouth College and New York University. Following a successful banking career, Carlson served as President and Director of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce. He served many philanthropic organizations, including Onondaga Nature Centers, Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse, and the Onondaga Community College Foundation.

John W. Finlay*

John spent most of his life working in Poughkeepsie, NY after serving in World War II. He later moved to Syracuse where he served as president, CEO, and chairman of the board of Merchant’s Bank until 1988. John was actively involved with several charitable foundations in his lifetime, including the Eye Research Foundation of Central New York, the YMCA, and the Downtown Committee. He also served as the director of Crouse Irving Memorial Foundation.

Charlotte G. Holstein

Charlotte is a civic leader, founder and executive director of F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse, a community interest group. She is a 1946 graduate of Brockport State University and 1998 recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Le Moyne College.

“Upon arriving in the United States after emigrating from Russia, my parents valued that they had landed in a place of opportunity, and felt passionately about giving back. While I was growing up, they engrained these values into our family life; my siblings and I frequently participated in the community. Community service continued as an important aspect of my life and as time went on I became very involved in the areas of human rights, social welfare and civic engagement. I believe I was one of the very first women to be asked to join the Community Foundation board in 1970 and looked forward to taking my community engagement a step further through my board service. Years later, I was excited to learn that my husband’s grandfather, Adolf Holstein, was one of the founders of the Community Foundation. It was very meaningful to make that connection.”
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Dorothy R. Irish*

Dottie served as head of finance and administration at the Central New York Community Foundation for 15 years after serving as a board member for six years. When Dottie retired in 2004, the Community Foundation commissioned Amy Bartell to create a haiku and picture, a copy of which now hangs at the CNY Philanthropy Center:

“For Good, For Ever Balancing Dollars and SenseTallied Perfection”

The haiku was a very fitting summary of her value as a financial mind balanced well with her obvious care for the community and her colleagues.

Leo Jivoff*

Following the completion of his M.D. at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Jivoff finished his residency and served as Downstate’s Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation until his retirement in 1987. Jivoff was actively involved in the creation of the Caring Coalition Hospice, Plaza Nursing Home and Home Care Association of NYS, as well as the State Communities Aid Association.

George R. Lindemer*

George was a lifelong resident of Syracuse, NY. He was a World War II veteran and accomplished businessman. He served as president of First Trust and Deposit Co., now Key Bank, before joining Lincoln First Bank as president and COO. Throughout his life, George served as president of several philanthropic organizations including the Citizen’s Foundation, the Onondaga Council on Alcoholism and the Republican Citizens Committee.

Eleanor A. Ludwig*

Eleanor began her career with Carrier Corporation as a research mathematician before working at Syracuse University, her alma matter, as a mathematics professor. She later served as director of alumni programs at SU, and was also a member of the board of advisors for St. Joseph’s Hospital. Eleanor was a member of the board of directors for OASIS and many other charitable organizations that she actively volunteered with.

James W. Marble*

James served as president and owner of Marble Farms Dairy until 1983. He was a longtime resident of the city of Syracuse, and lent his life to a large amount of civic and charitable work. He was a founding member and served on the board of the Urban League of CNY. He also served on the boards of numerous philanthropic organizations including Syracuse Rescue Mission, Meals on Wheels and the Syracuse University Parents Association.

Nancy F. Marquardt

Nancy F. Marquardt was named director of Special Events at Syracuse University in 1975. She is married to James F. Marquardt, and served on the Board of Directors of the Central New York Community Foundation.