Carol Brown Laufer ’71 was a passionate supporter of Hobart and William Smith Colleges who never missed a Reunion. To honor her memory, William “Bill” Schuellein ’70 is leading fundraising efforts for the newly established Carol Brown Laufer Class of 1971 Memorial Scholarship.
“I loved Carol, and Carol loved Hobart and William Smith,” says Schuellein. “When I thought about all the friends we had in common, I figured collectively we could put together a pretty nice donation in Carol’s name.”
Laufer, a long-time class correspondent, served on the William Smith Alumnae Association and Reunion Social Committee and was also an alumna mentor and Career Services volunteer. She graduated with a degree in American History.
When Schuellein approached Laufer’s husband, Richard, with the idea of a scholarship fund in Laufer’s name, he was thrilled. “Carol was passionate in her feelings toward HWS,” says Richard. “She not only remembered her college years with great fondness, but also felt strongly that the Colleges had made a real difference to her then and in her later life.”
Schuellein and Laufer met in class and often played duplicate bridge together — a pastime that was part of their friendship for decades. Laufer and her husband owned a bridge club called the Bridge Deck in Scarsdale, N.Y., for many years; she retired when they sold the business in 2013.
Dancing also brought Schuellein and Laufer together. “Carol was my dance partner for 50 years,” he says. “She was the only person I could count on to dance at Reunion.”
Richard explains that “Carol always wanted to give back and she did so by staying active as an alum. This scholarship is intended to give someone deserving and in need of financial help a chance to benefit in the same way.”
To make a contribution to The Carol Brown Laufer Class of 1971 Memorial Scholarship Fund, click the link below or contact Executive Director of Stewardship Kelly Young P’16 at 315-781-3783 or firstname.lastname@example.org.