GENEVA, N.Y.-Bruce N. Bensley, of Madison, N.J., received the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges on Sunday, May 13, during the Colleges 2001 commencement celebration at the upstate New York campus. Bensley is a 1951 graduate of Hobart College who has remained active at his alma mater since graduating. He has been a member of the Colleges Board of Trustees since 1980.
During the outdoor ceremony where 416 students received bachelor's degrees, President Mark D. Gearan recognized Bensley's dedication to the Colleges during the past 50 years. “Today we celebrate you and thank you for the half century you have dedicated to this community. Through your determination and financial expertise, the Colleges have moved on a path of continuous improvement. Your involvement in the many fund raising and alumni activities have helped to capture the imagination of others in this community,” Gearan said.
Bensley 's service to Hobart and William Smith Colleges is extensive and varied. While a student, he was a Druid and elected to Chimera and Orange Key honor societies. He was president of his senior class, captain of the golf team, and played varsity football. He was also active with Board of Control and Interfraternity Council. His involvement with Hobart Alumni activities began in 1952, upon his return from service in the United States Army. He served on a number of fundraising committees, and in 1980 was elected to the Board of Trustees. Bensley's daughter, Carolyn, is a 1998 graduate of William Smith College.
Bensley, formerly the director of the Mutual Savings Bank of Morristown, vice- president of Goldman Sachs, and managing director of C.J. Lawrence, one of the oldest stock exchange firms since the Civil War and a subsidiary of Deutche Bank, is now a member-trustee of the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation. He is active as a trustee and treasurer of the Diocesan Investment Trust of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, N.J., and was the former president of the YMCA of Morristown, and a member of the Central Atlantic Area Council of the National YMCA.
Commencement 2001 marked the 176th Commencement for Hobart College and the 90th Commencement for William Smith College. Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y. The Colleges are noted also for an ambitious emphasis on international study, and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletic programs, student governments, and traditions.
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