Thursday, September 09, 2010

John Kluge 1914-2010

"I want to help ensure that Columbia will always be a place where the best and the brightest young people can come to develop their intellect, make something of their own lives and give something back to our communities, our country and our world"

John Kluge, 2007

The greatest single financial friend Columbia, and probably any university, has ever had, John Kluge, has died at age 96.

His Kluge scholarship programs have been a great help to athletics and to all students in need of aid. They will continue to be for generations to come.

It seems like Kluge was making a huge donation to Alma Mater every few years, but his $400 million pledge in 2007 took the cake.

On a personal note, even though he was a non-Jew, he was also extremely generous to a number of Jewish religious causes. Perhaps this came from his experiences in Germany before he fled that country as a teenager.

He will be missed.

Good Work

Just to end today's post on a high note: my sources at Morgan Stanley tell me that junior OL Bob Hauschildt made a good impression there this summer... a VERY GOOD IMPRESSION.

Something tells me he'll be doing the same to opposing D-linemen all season as well.


At Thu Sep 09, 11:00:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous ungvar said...

Tiny correction: Mr. Kluge lived to the ripe old age of 95.

A great man and a true friend of Columbia.

At Fri Sep 10, 01:02:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was born September 21, 1914 and died September 7, 2010, just a few days shy of his 96th birthday.

At Fri Sep 10, 06:03:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, god bless him. What a generation he embodied!

At Thu Sep 16, 11:54:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Kevin DeMarrais said...

A little known fact. Long before Notre Dame teamed up with NBC, Kluge met with Athletic Director Al Paul with a proposal to have his Metromedia TV station broadcast all Columbia football games. But this was in the Seventies, long before the U.S. Supreme Court broke up ABC's monopoly on college football telecasts, so Al had to reject the offer. Instead, Columbia became a pioneer in cable sports origination, although we had to battle with the NCAA to permit us to show games before 11 p.m. on Saturday, which was the earliest time permitted.


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