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The University Magazine

Longtime RIT benefactor Thomas Gosnell dies

Thomas Gosnell at the boathouse opening in 2005.

Thomas Gosnell, former chairman of the RIT Board of Trustees and well-known community philanthropist, died April 27, 2009.

Mr. Gosnell, former chief executive officer of Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co., was appointed to RITís Board of Trustees in 1977 and served as chairman from 1987 to 1992. The great-grandson of Ezra R. Andrews, a founding trustee of Mechanics Institute (RITís predecessor), Mr. Gosnell followed a long family tradition of involvement with the university. RITís College of Science building is named in his honor, and he was instrumental in the establishment of the $13 million Center for Excellence in Mathematics, Science and Technology, an addition to the Gosnell Building.

Other contributions have helped establish or have supported the Student Life Center, eight scholarships (each in memory of family members), the Nathaniel Rochester Society, Center for Hearing and Speech Research and the Arthur J. Gosnell Professorship in Economics.

RITís Gosnell Boathouse was named in honor of Mr. Gosnell and his wife, Georgia. He also supported RIT menís and womenís crew teams with the donation of three rowing shells.

The family connection to RIT continues: Thomas Gosnellís son, Arthur Gosnell, joined the board of trustees in 1997.

Joe Venniro