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Elliot & Roslyn Jaffe
Whether endowing a scholarship or contributing to the Annual Fund, trustee Elliot Jaffe and his wife, Roslyn, had down extraordinary long-term support for Teachers College. But perhaps their singular contribution to the College has been their investment—both financially and personally—in the Peace Corps Fellows Program.  Since 1985, this landmark program has recruited returning Peace Corps Volunteers to teach in New York City public schools by providing funding toward their master’s degrees. Introduced to the program in the early 1990s, the Jaffes were impressed by the Peace Corps returnees’ enthusiasm for teaching. As Elliot Jaffe states, “the only thing they are lacking is funding”—so he and Roslyn have provided both endowment and annual support for these remarkable TC students so they can succeed in and out of the classroom. The Peace Corps Fellows are now in their 25th year, and the current cohort and the Jaffes continue to exhibit the same passion for the program.

Charo Uceda
“Access, equity and quality of education is a universal right that should not only be for the privileged few, but also for the deserving many. As a proud alumna, I have the great honor to contribute to TC’s agenda of educational innovation and service. Through the TC Fund, I have had the chance to give back seeing lives enriched and new horizons established. TC’s vision and commitment to offer opportunities for study and research presents an indisputable model in support to the greater good. It brings me personal satisfaction to be part of TC’s noble endeavor, and I hope others will join me in supporting the College through the TC Fund.”
—Charo Uceda (M.A., ’08)

Lawrence & Padma Reichwald
When Lawrence (M.A., ’75) and Padma Hiranandani Reichwald updated their philanthropic plans, they reconfirmed their desire to establish The Lawrence and Padma Hiranandani Reichwald Scholarship Fund at Teachers College through two Charitable Remainder Trusts. The Reichwalds are passionate about supporting graduate students with physical disabilities and encouraging them to achieve their educational goals. Larry and Padma’s Charitable Remainder Trusts provide them with annual income and enable them to make this deferred gift intention. The Grace Dodge Society recognizes the Reichwalds for their decision to include TC as a part of their personal legacy.

Elizabeth Hagen
Dr. Elizabeth Hagen, an authority on educational and psychological measurement and evaluation, was a member of the TC faculty for more than 30 years. An integral part of the community, she was not only the Edward Lee Thorndike Professor in Psychology and Education, but served as Dean of Academic Affairs from 1972 to 1976, was Director of the Division of Health Services, Sciences, and Education, and program coordinator for the College’s Nurse Scientist Training Program. When she passed away in 2008, Dr. Hagen not only left a substantial outright bequest to the College but designated TC a beneficiary of her annual royalty income for an academic text she co-authored. In addition to bequests, royalties are a creative and simple way for our alumni and faculty to provide for TC.

Peter G. Peterson foundation
Peter G. Peterson, through the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, contributed $2.45 million over three years to Teachers College for the development of a comprehensive social studies and mathematics curriculum about the fiscal challenges that face the nation (see story on page 26). The work is being led by Anand R. Marri, Assistant Professor of Social Studies and Education at TC, who is developing educational tools on “Understanding Fiscal Responsibility” to be distributed free of charge to every high school in the country under this generous grant. Peterson, co-founder of The Blackstone Group, Chairman Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, praised Teachers College’s “demonstrated track record of creating innovative, multimedia curricula,” and noted that we were the Foundation’s “partner of choice for this important project.”

Published Wednesday, May. 11, 2011