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Not Your Typical Beach Vacation

Not Your Typical Beach Vacation
Photo attribution - Rachel Hausladen '15

This is Utah Beach – on the coast of Normandy – where U.S. troops landed as part of the Allied D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied France on June 6, 1944.

Almost exactly 70 years later, and thanks to a generous alumna, Alfred University students traveled to France and Germany as part a World War II history class taught by Dr. Gary Ostrower ‘61. They visited the beaches of Normandy, paid their respects at World War II-era cemeteries, and marveled at the disturbing beauty of what was once the Dachau concentration camp.

Student travel in an educational context is something that Ruth Walrod ’39 wanted to support. Ruth knew that her horizons had expanded thanks to two AU professors in particular – Dr. Joseph Seidlin, Professor of English, and Dr. Willis Russell, Professor of History.

In gratitude for her AU education, Ruth and her husband decided to create a lead trust to benefit Alfred University, creating an endowment in support of English and History. The lead trust makes regular distributions to AU for 15 years, and then the principal will be distributed to family. As the endowment grows over these next 15 years, the opportunities for AU students will grow as well.

Not Your Typical Beach Vacation
Bob Walrod and his wife Linda, holding a picture of Bob’s mother Ruth Walrod ’39.

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