2011 - Champions for Philanthropy
In 2011, Bryant honored a dedicated alumnus, a family with three generations of Bryant graduates, and committed corporate sponsor for their steadfast support of the University. Also, for the first time, Bryant recognized a fantastic couple as Lifetime Champions for Philanthropy. The generosity of those recognized goes well beyond financial contributions. The entire Bryant community is indebted to these important supporters for their willingness to graciously give of their time and talents.
Douglas S. Krupp '69
Douglas S. Krupp, successful real estate developer, accomplished entrepreneur, respected civic leader, dedicated philanthropist and Charter Member of the Bryant Leadership Council, you have helped Bryant University in its mission to provide a rigorous and innovative education that prepares students for the challenges of new global realities. Read his full citation
Ernest E. Stempel P’84, ’98h (1916 – 2009), Diana and Lars Bergquist P’13, and The Ernest E. Stempel Foundation
Ernest Stempel and Diana and Lars Bergquist, through your historic and steadfast commitment, you have helped Bryant University advance its mission of providing an education that delivers the highest standards of academic excellence, character, and ethics within a global, real-world context. We are most grateful for your continuing support and involvement. Read their full citation
Bryant University proudly joins 22 colleges and universities in the United States, including Brown, Columbia, Harvard, and Yale, in participating with Sovereign|Santander Universities, with its distinguished history of supporting higher education and expanding knowledge and experience throughout the world. Read the full citation
Lifetime Champions for Philanthropy
Elizabeth Z. and Malcolm G. ’09H (1934 – 2011) Chace
For devoting a lifetime to better the city and state they love, the lives of those in need, and for helping to transform a great University in Smithfield, Bryant University proudly recognizes Malcolm and Elizabeth Chace as the first recipients of its Lifetime Champions for Philanthropy award. Read the full citation
In recommending Douglas S. Krupp for admission to Bryant, former governor and then-U.S. Senator John O. Pastore wrote about the importance of everyone having the opportunity to learn. It’s a phrase Mr. Krupp has never forgotten.
Bryant did provide him with the opportunity to learn. Mr. Krupp applied himself and came to value the chance Bryant gave him to expand his mind. The experience prepared him for what he calls the kind of learning that comes only from working for a living.
Harnessing diligence, determination, and drive, Douglas Krupp, along with his brother, George, established The Krupp Companies in 1969, the year Douglas graduated from Bryant. That organization grew to become The Berkshire Group, an integrated real estate and financial services firm engaged in real estate acquisition, property management, investment sponsorship, mortgage banking, financial management, and ownership of three operating companies through private equity investments. Douglas Krupp serves as Senior Partner and Co-Founder.
With his wife, Judith, Mr. Krupp is devoted to to a wide range of community and philanthropic causes, including the Anti-Defamation League Foundation, the National Holocaust Museum, The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, The Lenny Zakim Fund Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Through the years, he has also generously served his alma mater. He was a member of the Bryant Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2001, returning to serve on the Board in 2008. He continues to serve as a Trustee today.
Opened in September 2002, the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library was created through the couple’s generous gift to The Campaign for Bryant . Bryant students benefit every day from Mr. and Mrs. Krupp’s enduring belief in libraries and scholarships.
Though Mr. Krupp was able to pay for his college education by working every summer, he recognizes that many families are challenged to afford the cost of private higher education today. He and Mrs. Krupp established the Douglas and Judith Krupp Endowed Scholarship at Bryant, embracing the late Senator Pastore’s words about the importance of everyone having the opportunity to learn that made an indelible impression upon Mr. Krupp as a young man.
Douglas S. Krupp, successful real estate developer, accomplished entrepreneur, respected civic leader, dedicated philanthropist and Charter Member of the Bryant Leadership Council, you have helped Bryant University in its mission to provide a rigorous and innovative education that prepares students for the challenges of new global realities.
Bryant University is honored to call you an alumnus, a trustee, and a Champion for Philanthropy.
For the Stempel and Bergquist families, Bryant is a family tradition that spans three generations.
Ernest E. Stempel p’84, ’98h was a World War II veteran and a legendary Bermuda-based insurance executive renowned for developing AIG’s life insurance operations worldwide, most notably in the Far East. Impressed by the education his son Neil ’84 received at Bryant, Mr. Stempel helped secure funding to establish the University’s nationally recognized actuarial mathematics department in the mid-1980s. Since 1999, his personal foundation, the Ernest E. Stempel Foundation, has provided scholarships for actuarial math majors. An engaged parent, Mr. Stempel stayed connected to Bryant for decades after Neil’s graduation, receiving an honorary degree in 1998.
Mr. Stempel could not have been more thrilled when his grandson, Philip Bergquist ’13, was accepted to Bryant. He believed education was the key to achieving personal success and improving society.
It’s no surprise that Mr. Stempel’s daughter, Diana Bergquist, and her husband, Lars, are involved and supportive parents for the next generation of Bryant students. During their son Philip’s first year at Bryant, the Bergquists joined the Parents Council, a leadership group whose contributions benefit the University’s Douglas and Judith Krupp Library Fund. Despite the distance from their Bermuda home, they visit Philip on campus several times a year.
Following Mr. Stempel’s death in 2009, the Bergquists assumed his role championing philanthropy at Bryant. Through their stewardship, the Stempel Foundation continues to support scholarships and the University’s library, and is an early contributor to Bryant’s ambitious commitment to replicate China’s Forbidden City’s Shu Fang Zhai on the Smithfield campus. An avid reader and ardent supporter of libraries, Mrs. Bergquist also recently made a personal contribution to significantly expand the library’s electronic and print resources.
Ernest Stempel and Diana and Lars Bergquist exemplify the hands-on philanthropy and active participation that have made and continue to make such a difference in the life of Bryant University.
Ernest Stempel and Diana and Lars Bergquist, through your historic and steadfast commitment, you have helped Bryant University advance its mission of providing an education that delivers the highest standards of academic excellence, character, and ethics within a global, real-world context. We are most grateful for your continuing support and involvement.
Bryant University is honored to call you Champions for Philanthropy
Sovereign|Santander Universities believes higher education is key to success in today’s knowledge-based society and that future leaders must be international, possessing an understanding of – and receptivity to – different cultures.
Sovereign Bank is part of Banco Santander, one of the world’s largest retail and commercial banks headquartered in Spain, with 92 million customers, approximately 14,000 branches – more than any other international bank – and over 170,000 employees. Since its founding in 1996, Santander Universities, a major initiative whose activities form the keystone of the bank’s social action, has agreements with more than 950 universities in 15 countries around the world. The organization’s mission is to support higher education as a means to contribute to the development and prosperity of society. While many of the world’s largest universities are included in those alliances, the organization also seeks out mid-sized schools with unique programs.
At Bryant University, where one of the most recent cooperation agreements was signed, Sovereign|Santander Universities found such a program in the Sophomore International Experience. This distinctive initiative immerses Bryant sophomores in a semester-long, intensive course that culminates in two weeks of study and travel abroad. With a generous donation spanning three years, Sovereign|Santander Universities has bolstered Bryant’s effort to introduce students to the often transformative experience of studying and traveling abroad earlier in their college careers than most traditional programs.
In Sovereign|Santander Universities, Bryant has found an ally that shares the conviction that in a global economy, international experiences provide today’s university graduates with an unmatched competitive advantage. Since its inception in 2006, Bryant’s Sophomore International Experience has helped nearly 1,000 second-year students to travel abroad, gaining a better understanding of their place and purpose in the global community.
Furthermore, impressed by the mission of the Women’s Summit® at Bryant University – to inspire and empower women and men so that they can advance professionally, develop personally, and provide leadership in their communities, the nation, and the world, Sovereign/Santander Universities is also generously supporting the conference as a Gold Sponsor for its 15th anniversary event in 2012.
Bryant University proudly joins 22 colleges and universities in the United States, including Brown, Columbia, Harvard, and Yale, in participating with Sovereign|Santander Universities, with its distinguished history of supporting higher education and expanding knowledge and experience throughout the world.
Bryant University is privileged to call Sovereign|Santander Universities a Friend of the University and honored to proclaim this outstanding organization a Champion for Philanthropy.
Acclaimed business and community leaders, Malcolm and Elizabeth Chace have been widely honored for their roles in revitalizing Providence, improving health care, and supporting fine and performing arts. Their generosity and foresight, combined with business acumen, have benefitted many of Rhode Island’s major institutions, including Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Women & Infants Hospital, Trinity Repertory Company, and the United Way.
Malcolm G. “Kim” Chace, who passed away earlier this year, took his place as a director of Berkshire Hathaway, a business his family founded three generations earlier, when it produced one-quarter of the country’s finest cotton. Among his many other business titles, Mr. Chace was founder and chairman of the successful Bank Rhode Island
Elizabeth Z. Chace is a prominent Rhode Island real estate executive, who co-founded Residential Properties, Ltd., a full-service real estate marketing corporation. Among her many civic undertakings, Mrs. Chace is a board member and former president of the John Hope Settlement House and a director of The Rhode Island Foundation. At her alma mater Brown University, where she has served as a Fellow and a Trustee, Mrs. Chace co-chaired Boldly Brown: The Campaign for Academic Enrichment, which raised more than $1.6 billion when it concluded last year.
It was indeed fitting that when Rhode Island celebrated National Philanthropy Day in 1996, it was Mr. and Mrs. Chace who received the Helm Award as outstanding philanthropic citizens for their stewardship of so many causes that are vital to our community.
The late Mr. Chace – a 1956 graduate of Yale University – first came to Bryant in 1958, when, at his father’s suggestion, he enrolled in an introductory accounting course held in a basement classroom on the former East Side campus in Providence. Years later, Mr. Chace saw in Bryant a school with great potential and wanted to help take it to the next level.
Mr. Chace brought his unique business perspective to the University, dedicating his time and energy as a wise counselor and active member of the Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2008, and, in concert with his wife, a generous benefactor.
Through the help of Mr. and Mrs. Chace, the landscape of Bryant was forever changed. In support of The Campaign for Bryant, during which Mr. Chace served as Vice Chairman, the couple made the leadership donation for the Malcolm and Elizabeth Chace Wellness and Athletic Center, dedicated in October 2003. More recently, the Chaces created the Jack and Lucy Callahan Endowed Scholarship in honor of Bryant alumnus, and former Trustee and Board Chair Jack Callahan ’56, ’05h. Just this year, the Bryant women’s rowing program owes its start to the generosity of the Chaces.
Charter Members of the President’s Leadership Council, the Chaces have also generously supported the Trustee Scholarship Fund and donated gifts matching senior class contributions in 2000 and 2001.
For devoting a lifetime to better the city and state they love, the lives of those in need, and for helping to transform a great University in Smithfield, Bryant University proudly recognizes Malcolm and Elizabeth Chace as the first recipients of its Lifetime Champions for Philanthropy award.
Malcolm and Elizabeth Chace, Bryant University is honored to call you friends of the University and Lifetime Champions for Philanthropy.