College Awards Philip Milstein Its Highest Honor
Milstein was singled out for his professional achievements as a specialist in commercial real estate lending and for his three decades of service to Columbia as an alumni volunteer, a member of the College Board of Visitors, a farsighted benefactor, and, since 1996, a University Trustee. He previously received two other prestigious Columbia honors: the Alumni Federation Medal in 1993 and the John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement in 1996.
Among those to join in celebrating Milsteins accomplishments were Columbia College Dean Austin Quigley, who saluted him as someone who sets a standard for all of us, along with President Rupp and dinner co-chairs Mark Kingdon 71C and University Trustee Richard Witten 75C. Also attending were Milsteins wife, Cheryl 82BAR, their children Joshua, Meredith, Laurence, and Toby, his mother, Vivian Leiner Milstein, and his sister, Connie. His father, legendary New York business leader and philanthropist Seymour Milstein 93hon, died just a month before the gala celebration.
In 1998, Philip Milstein extended this tradition, making a visionary commitment of $10 million to create the Philip L. Milstein Family College Library as the centerpiece of the renovated Butler Library. This beautiful three-level facility has helped to revitalize intellectual life on campus, in the process helping to fuel the Colleges steady rise in popularity among the nations brightest undergraduates.
Milstein, who earned an MBA from New York University School of Business in 1974 after graduating from Columbia College, has achieved prominence in the New York financial community during his years as president and CEO of Emigrant Savings Bank. As indicated by the warm reception extended to him by the 450 alumni, students, faculty, and administrators gathered at the Hamilton Dinner, he occupies an especially valued place at the University to which he has given so much of himself over the years.
PHOTOS: Eileen Barroso