A beloved Hunter faculty member from the first half of the 20th century is being memorialized with an endowed professorship in Ancient History, the college announced.
Lois and Arthur Stainman gave Hunter $2 million to endow a professorship in the name of the late Solomon Bluhm, Mrs. Stainman’s grandfather, a lover of the Classics who taught Education at Hunter from 1930-51.
“The Stainmans’ generosity in honoring Professor Bluhm will ensure the flourishing of Hunter’s Classical Studies Department, an incredible resource for the entire City University,” Hunter Interim President Ann Kirschner said.
The gift builds on the success of Hunter’s $2.5 million Solomon Bluhm Scholars Program, which the Stainmans established in 2014 to support high-achieving juniors majoring in Greek, Latin, or Classical Studies. The program provides scholarships and supports research, conference participation, and local cultural and scholarly events.
A recent trip to view the classical monuments of Greece was supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Students have also taken part in archeological digs in Spain and Ireland.
A decade’s worth of Bluhm scholars have won coveted graduate fellowships and gone on to fulfilling careers in academia and research institutions.