GMC Receives Second Million-dollar Gift
in Three Months
Green Mountain College just received a check for $1 million, the first disbursement of a bequest from the estate of Beverly Thomsen Fleischmann, who graduated from the College in 1939. Fleischmann died in May of 2006 at age 85, and was living in Edgewater, New Jersey at the time of her death. The amount and disbursement date of the remaining funds is currently unknown.
This is the College's second million-dollar gift within three months, helping the school reach 87% of its $8 million goal in the comprehensive New Century Campaign, which concludes in June.
"We are deeply appreciative for the foresight and generosity of alumni like Beverly Fleischmann, who plan for the College's future while they're still living," said GMC President, Jack Brennan. "Nearly 70 years ago, Bev grew to love Green Mountain College and that love will be felt by students for generations to come."
As a Green Mountain student, Fleischmann was a member of the choir, the student newspaper staff, the outing club, and Peaks (the student yearbook). Later, Fleischmann served on Green Mountain College's Alumni Board of Directors.
A native of Dumont, New Jersey, Fleischmann earned her Associates degree from Green Mountain College in 1939, then went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Denison University in Ohio. Before her retirement, she was a seventh- and eighth-grade English and social studies teacher in Tenafly, NJ. Along with her husband, she was co-owner of Frech Funeral Home in Dumont, and other properties. She was very active in her home town -- a member of Old North Reformed Church, Dumont, and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 59, a 50-year member of the American Legion Post 110 Auxiliary, Teaneck, a member of the Dumont Woman's Club, the Englewood Hospital Woman's Auxiliary and White Beeches Golf and Country Club in Haworth.
The bequest funds will benefit the College in a variety of ways following priorities outlined in the New Century Campaign, which include a wide range of physical improvements to the campus and support for scholarships and academic programs.