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About Dr. Sidney Gelber

"Sidney is the one that made Stony Brook what it is, and it is most fitting for the auditorium to be named after him.  
He had a vision and made it happen."

- Gene Sprouse, Professor of Physics

Dr. Sidney Gelber
Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, 1968 - 1971
Provost and Academic Vice President, 1971 - 1981
Professor & Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy


picture of sidney gelber and two students The Sidney Gelber Auditorium, formerly known as the SAC Auditorium, was named in honor of Dr. Sidney Gelber in April 2015.  Dr. Gelber was Stony Brook's first provost, first dean of Arts and Sciences, and second academic vice president.  Dr. Gelber left an indelible impact on the University and had many professional accomplishments.  He led the process for Stony Brook's initial accreditation by Middle States, authored Politics and Public Higher Education in New York State-the definitive book on the establishment and development of Stony Brook University-and served as an intellectual and administrative model and tutor for many faculty.  Dr. Gelber was also a professor in the Stony Brook University Department of Philosophy which honored him as Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in 1989.

Dedication & Naming Ceremony
SAC Sidney Gelber Auditorium - April 2015

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