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Dick and Bob Werner

Twins Dick and Bob Werner ’52 at their 40th reunion.

Reunion Reflections

In this, their 50th Reunion year, the Class of 1952 has been doing a good bit of reflecting—on their Rensselaer experience, and on how they can benefit future generations of students. However, the members of the class, led by Reunion Gift Committee Co-Chairs Jack Feininger ’52 and Al Krause ’52, did not stop there. They set an ambitious goal for their 50th Reunion fund-raising campaign of $1.5 million in gifts and pledges, a goal designed to have the greatest impact on the future of Rensselaer and its students.

According to Feininger, “RPI gave me the breadth and knowledge (both in engineering and in business) to learn how to solve problems, which in turn equipped me well in business and in my personal life. I am so proud to be a graduate of this great educational institution.” He and his wife, Marilyn, feel that they “should give back so our colleges can continue to provide the same high-quality education we received.”

Krause has spoken with and corresponded with numerous individuals in the Class of 1952 in the course of the Reunion gift campaign. While motivations for giving vary, there are some common themes—to commemorate the 50 years since graduation, to give something back to the institution that contributed to their success in life, and finally, to do something profound for society. In his view, Rensselaer distinguishes itself for its comprehensive view of a technological education.

“The future of this country rests in today’s and tomorrow’s students. In this complex world, we need people who not only have a body of knowledge, but also an understanding of the ethical and moral aspects of technology and science,” says Krause.
The class has exceeded their goal, raising more than $1.5 million in gifts and pledges (including planned gifts) to support a diverse array of programs and initiatives at Rensselaer—the Rensselaer Annual Fund, the O.T. Swanson Multidisciplinary Design Laboratory, the Chapel & Cultural Center, Rensselaer libraries, scholarships, and the Rensselaer endowment, as well as individual schools and departments.

A signature feature of this effort was a commitment to the Rensselaer Annual Fund. The co-chairs established a guideline of securing 10 percent of each gift as a commitment to the Rensselaer Annual Fund. They used this strategy to maximize the impact of the campaign by providing unrestricted annual support to the university.

The Class of 1952 reflected back to their student experiences and designed a campaign that would have the maximum benefit for today’s students. To learn more about gift opportunities at Rensselaer, visit AlumServ at or contact Stu Stabley, director of development, at (518) 276-8215 or

Rensselaer Magazine: June 2002
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