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Former presidents honored on Charter Day


M. Richard Rose

Former RIT President Paul Miller (1969-1979) and his wife, Francena, and former President M. Richard Rose (1979-1992) and his wife, Clarice, received Founders Awards as the university celebrated Charter Day at a special 175th anniversary event on Feb. 11.

The Founders Award has been presented to 16 individuals since it was established in 1934. Paul Miller, who was not able to attend the ceremony, helped guide the university during its first years on the current campus. M. Richard Rose is remembered for leading RIT through a period of unprecedented growth.

The event featured a dramatic interpretation of the signing of a New York state charter recognizing the Rochester Athenaeum in 1830, one year after RIT’s original predecessor was founded. Keynote speaker Ryne Raffaelle, director of RIT’s NanoPower Research Laboratories, followed the history lesson with a talk about the future of science and technology.

Bob Finnerty