De Cordova ’56 returns for Reunion, celebrates new student living area
Already the subject of favorable press attention in The New York Times, one of the new residence halls at Hobart and William Smith Colleges will be receiving another kind of tribute this week: a formal dedication officially naming the building for an alumnus returning for his 50th Reunion.
In recognition of his outstanding service to the Colleges and financial support, Arthur de Cordova ’56 will be honored at the dedication of de Cordova Hall, the new student residence named for him on campus.
De Cordova has been lauded by the Colleges’ community for his dedication to community service and good stewardship. “Art de Cordova is a man of foresight and vision,” said Colleges’ President Mark D. Gearan. “He is actively helping to shape the future of these Colleges.”
De Cordova, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, graduated from Hobart College with a degree in psychology. He soon became a well-known face on Wall Street with the firm de Cordova, Cooper and Co., an early pioneer in IBM and other top stocks. De Cordova retired as senior partner of his firm in 1990, after 29 years of industry experience.
The new residence halls, originally named North and South, respectively, are models of 21st century living space at an institution of higher education. South Hall, renamed de Cordova Hall, houses 88 students in a mixture of singles, doubles and quads. The residence halls feature study rooms on each floor with wireless Internet access. The ground floor is a lounge area with a large-screen television, wireless Internet access, an exercise room and a café serving Starbucks coffee, the only such establishment in Geneva, N.Y.
“Residential life is one of the cornerstones of a successful liberal arts education,” said Gearan. “These new facilities strengthen our commitment to our students while securing the heath of this institution for the future.”
The buildings opened to rave reviews from students, and next academic year the newly dedicated de Cordova hall will welcome students as one of the top residential living spaces in the nation.
The dedication will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 2. Tours of the building will follow the ceremony.