Taken Care Of

June Price’s bequest paid back the kindness of a long-ago Maxwell dean.

Price,-June.jpgWhen June Price arrived at Syracuse University in 1942, she was among a small handful of females then enrolled as a Maxwell graduate student. She needed help securing suitable housing, since the University then had limited graduate student housing for women. She turned to the School’s legendary first dean, William Mosher, who helped her obtain housing otherwise available to University nursing students (at the time, all female); this arrangement satisfied her parents.

Price, who worked many years for the New York State Education Department, passed away in 2012 and left a bequest earmarked for the Appleby-Mosher Fund. It honors Maxwell’s first two deans, Paul Appleby and the same William Mosher who assisted her 70-plus years earlier.

The Appleby-Mosher Fund provides small grants to faculty members to cover research-related costs, such as data acquisition and travel. “Faculty often need startup money to launch a project and apply for grants from external funders,” says Michael Wasylenko, senior associate dean. “One of our greatest needs is research funding of this sort.”

Price demonstrates the significance of small gestures by faculty and staff, says Linda Birnbaum, assistant dean for development. “There are going to be students who feel like outsiders and need guidance,” she says. “Students remember how they’re supported.”

Price is also an example of how the School can work with donors to inform their philanthropy strategies. “June was not comfortable talking about her plans,” says Birnbaum, “so I provided information about the types of bequests and left her to her decision. It’s touching that when she was thinking about her legacy she thought of us.