Recent supporters of and donors to Special Collections and University Archives:
Dr. Daniel Moran and Karen Moran
Dr. Max Fink
Ms. Abbie Kearse
Dr. Jacqueline M. Newman
Mr. Craig Harmon
July 2014: Dr Jacqueline M. Newman Donates Rare and Unique Research Collections
Dr. Jacqueline M. Newman recently made another significant gift of books, magazines, and audio-visual materials to Special Collections. Stony Brook University Libraries is extremely honored to have the Jacqueline M. Newman Chinese Cookbook Collection, a historically significant, specialized research collection comprised of more than 4,000 books, and hundreds of more unique items that document the history Chinese of food and culture. It is the largest collection of its type in the world.
Dr. Newman is a trailblazer – she is professor emerita, Queens College - and in addition to her impressive record of publication, her career as an educator, and being named the 2009 recipient of the Amelia Award, an honor bestowed for outstanding lifetime achievement in culinary history, she is the founder and editor of the award-winning magazine Flavor and Fortune. It is the first, and the only, American, English-language quarterly about Chinese food and Chinese dietary culture.
It was in 2002 that she decided to share her passion for this area of study and collecting. She visited many libraries to see if there was interest in her collection. After much careful consideration, Dr. Newman selected our library at Stony Brook to be the home for her one of a kind collection. In the years since, she has annually donated new materials to the collection and has provided support to ensure the growth and maintenance of it. Special Collections, located in the Melville Library, manages and curates the collection. Students, staff, faculty, community members, and remote users are all welcome to consult it, by appointment. For more information, please visit the website for the collection.
In Memoriam: July 3, 2014
Stony Brook University Libraries is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Craig Harmon, a leader in technology and the AIDC industry (automatic identification and data capture). Mr. Harmon recently selected the AIDC 100 Archives at Stony Brook University as the repository for his vast personal collection of papers, original writings, and artifacts. “The acquisition of Mr. Harmon’s archive is significant, as it contains unique, one-of-a-kind materials that document the AIDC industry,” according to Kristen Nyitray, Head of Special Collections and University Archives, and University Archivist. “With this acquisition, the University Libraries will be able to preserve Mr. Harmon’s many contributions to science and industry, and provide students, researchers, and scholars with access to materials pertinent to the study of barcodes, smart cards, radio frequency identification (RFID), biometrics, and magnetic stripe – technologies that encompass this rapidly evolving technology.”
Mr. Harmon was a visionary and pioneer in technology, first at Northwestern Bell, inventing the first “2400 Baud Modem,” and later, with Norand Corporation in Cedar Rapids. In 1981, he founded QED Systems, a consulting firm providing education and standards development for automatic identification technologies, such as bar codes (found on packages), two-dimensional symbols, such as the QR code and PDF 417 (found on drivers’ licenses), radio frequency identification (RFID) and real time locating systems (RTLS).
He wrote several books, articles, and papers on the various technologies. Most notably, he was the author of Reading Between the Lines: An Introduction to Bar Code Technology. More copies of the text have been sold than any other book relating to bar code technology.
A member of the invitation-only AIDC 100, a not-for-profit, self-sustaining, non-political, international organization of
automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) professionals, Mr. Harmon was the
recognized leader of numerous standards organizations. He chaired numerous committees,
founded many groups, served as a subject matter expert and expert witness, and helped
develop the Federal Express package tracking system. He was a well-known speaker and
enjoyed traveling the world while developing technology standards for the United States,
Europe, and, most recently, Asia. His most recent foray was to harmonize “The Internet
of Things,” the accelerating development of connected information systems that work
together in our physical world, such as information systems for cars, refrigerators,
home utility systems, watches, etc. Mr. Harmon will be missed throughout the industry
and by his many friends and colleagues worldwide. – Excerpted from The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, IA.
January 2014: Daniel and Karen Moran Pledge Major Gift to Special Collections
After pledging a residuary bequest that states the Morans will leave a portion of
their estate to the University’s Department of Special Collections, Dr. Daniel Moran
reflects on his family’s gift to Stony Brook and reiterates that gifts of any size
can have an impact. “It gives me a great thrill to think that maybe one of my descendants,
generations from now, will sit and get to know me by reading my work,” he said, “or
that something that I helped establish will benefit someone else and that they can
pass it on to the next person.”
Read the entire donor profile feature article here.
In Memoriam: January 18, 2011
Stony Brook University Libraries is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Margot Ammann Durrer.
Dr. Durrer was one of the university's most loyal and philanthropic supporters. In addition to establishing several student scholarships, she also made a significant financial contribution to the University Libraries and founded the Margot Ammann Durrer Library Fund, an endowment that provides for the purchase of books, collections, and technological resources. She also donated a special collection of correspondence and materials that document the professional and personal life of her father, Dr. Othmar H. Ammann, the structural engineer and designer of the George Washington, Triborough/RFK, Bronx-Whitestone, and Verrazano-Narrows bridges in New York City. He also served as a consultant on the design of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.
The following feature article (published in 2010) highlights the many ways that her generosity has and will continue to support the pursuit of excellence at Stony Brook University.
"Building Bridges to the Future"
Profile of John S. Toll Heritage Society Charter Member
Dr. Margot Ammann Durrer
Dr. Margot Ammann Durrer's relationship with Stony Brook began 40 years ago when she and several family members attended the dedication of Ammann College in honor of her father, the distinguished engineer Othmar Hermann Ammann (1879-1965), on February 18, 1968. At the ceremony, Robert Moses praised the designer of the George Washington, Triborough/RFK, Bronx-Whitestone, Throgs Neck, Verrazano-Narrows, and Bayonne bridges as "at once a mathematician and a dreamer in steel … a combination of realist and artist rarely found in this highly practical world." Interested in Stony Brook's progress and in the development of the University's talented students, Margot and her family, including Othmar's widow, Klary V. Ammann, and Margot's brother, Werner Ammann (now deceased), began using philanthropy to create a familial legacy at the University—a legacy that Margot has continued to enhance and strengthen to this day.
A retired gynecologist, Dr. Margot Ammann Durrer graduated from Vassar College and earned her medical degree from New York Medical College. She met her husband, the late Dr. Gustav T. Durrer, when her father became a dental patient of his after World War II. Some years ago, Dr. Gustav Durrer recounted the wit that characterized his first encounter with Othmar Ammann for the Swiss-American Historical Society Review: The renowned bridge builder "came to my office in need of some bridges himself. When I explained the reconstruction needed, he responded: 'I see that we have similar problems in our work.' 'Yes,' I said, 'my bridges also have to carry a lot of traffic, but your designs may be seen and admired.'" Margot and Gustav went on to have a long and happy marriage.
Through her loyal giving and her membership in Stony Brook's John S. Toll Society, which recognizes friends and alumni of Stony Brook who have chosen to support the University through planned giving, Margot has been instrumental in building some bridges of her own—bridges that help talented students pursue their educational journeys and that prepare the way for new knowledge. Her gracious decision to donate a portion of her estate to the University helps ensure that her and her family's considerable legacy will be an enduring one.
Margot has complemented her bequest with major donations that honor her family and that have been helping Stony Brook's students, libraries, and programs in the present. These include gifts to the Othmar Ammann Scholarship Program, the newly established Othmar Ammann Endowed Scholarship in Civil Engineering, and the Dr. Gustav Durrer Travel Award Endowment, which benefit talented undergraduates, aspiring civil engineers, and future dental professionals, respectively. In addition, Margot has provided gifts to help the University obtain significant documents on early Long Island history and has donated (and in some cases translated) important papers and early letters from her father to his parents, his family, and her mother, Lilly Wehrli Ammann.
The words of gratitude from a previous Ammann Scholar, now a Stony Brook graduate, help describe the impact of Margot's continuing dedication toward the Stony Brook University community: "I've always had the need to help others and my skeptical friends ask me, 'Why?' all the time. It is people like [Dr. Margot Ammann Durrer] who give me inspiration."