Posted by: Chris | February 4, 2009

Looking Back: Dr. Allyn Robinson Remembers


Dr. Allyn Robinson, first president of Dowling College

Dr. Allyn Robinson, first president of Dowling College

Dr. Allyn Robinson began as Dean of Adelphi Suffolk College, presided over the split from Adelphi University, and stayed on as president until 1977.

In this oral history interview conducted with Dowling Board of Trustee member Doris Pike in 1987, Dr. Robinson recounts the early days of the College and navigating the unrest of the sixties.

Posted by: Chris | February 2, 2009

The First Honorary Degree

Sunday, February 2, 1969

 

Robert Dowling receives an honorary doctorate.

Robert Dowling receives an honorary doctorate.

Citation to Robert W. Dowling, Doctor of Humane Letters:

ROBERT W. DOWLING, able financier and industrialist, you have revealed the strong sense of responsibility that is the strength of our democratic society.

As city planner, builder extraordinary, and devoted friend of all the arts, you have not only enhanced our skylines, but you have deepened our vision.

Your concern has known no national barriers; you have ably served your nation and the world by drawing men together through the universal sharing of the arts.

As an humanitarian you have sought to bring healing to men, and beyond that to prevent the tragedies we inflict upon ourselves.

Your leadership in education has been notable through the years. We celebrate particularly the fact that you have given to this institution far more than a distinguished name, far more than the vital resources so important to its future. You have shown a concerned commitment to today’s youth and a faith in their future.

ROBERT W. DOWLING, as a mark of gratitude, of deep respect and honor, we are proud to confer on you Dowling College’s first Honorary Degree, Doctor of Human Letters.

Posted by: Michael | February 2, 2009

Dr. Allyn P. Robinson’s Inaugural Address

Sunday, February 2, 1969

(l to r) Mrs. and Dr. Allyn Robinson with Arthur Goldberg on inauguration day.

(l to r) Mrs. and Dr. Allyn Robinson with Arthur Goldberg on inauguration day.

On his inauguration, Dr. Robinson delivered an address entitled “In Pursuit of Wisdom.”  He began by alluding to the unrest on college campuses of recent years:

“This is an occasion to rejoice.

I am sure that in the not too distant past the congratulations which college presidents received upon occasions such as this were without qualification. It has been interesting – perhaps a bit disconcerting- that many of the messages I have been receiving not only from this country, but from abroad have included a note of sympathy. The college campus is not always looked upon today as the peaceful haven it once seemed to be.

I don not however ask for sympathy, instead I seek a commitment that will allow Dowling College to become an instrument to serve the three-fold goals set forth in our motto: Learning, Wisdom, and Compassion.”

 

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Inaugural addresses delivered February 2, 1969. Click for more...

 

Posted by: Michael | February 2, 2009

Inauguration of Dr. Allyn P. Robinson

Sunday, February 2, 1969

Faculty and honored guests assembled for the inaugural ceremony for Dr. Allyn Robinson on February 2, 1969

 

The inauguration of Dr. Allyn Robinson as the first president of Dowling College was held at Connetquot High School.

The first address was given by Arthur J. Goldberg, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Supreme Court Justice of the United States. This was followed by the inaugural address by Robinson. In addition, the College celebrated the awarding of their charter from the New York State Board of Regents.

Joseph W. McGovern, Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents, presents the new Dowling College Charter to President Robinson

Joseph W. McGovern, Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents, presents the new Dowling College Charter to President Robinson

The official program listed the numerous delegates sent from other institutions to the event.

Program for Dr. Allyn Robinsons Inauguration

Program for Dr. Allyn Robinson's Inauguration. Click image for slideshow

Afterwards, an inaugural dinner was held at the Gateway South Restaurant in Bay Shore, New York.

Dr. and Mrs. Allyn Robinson at the reception for his inauguration as the first president of Dowling College on February 2, 1969.

Dr. and Mrs. Allyn Robinson at the reception for his inauguration as the first president of Dowling College on February 2, 1969.

 

1969 Inauguration Dinner Program

1969 Inauguration Dinner Program

Posted by: Chris | February 1, 2009

At Dowling: The College Gets a Helicopter

Robert Dowling presents Bell Jet Ranger Helicopter to college.

Robert Dowling presents Bell Jet Ranger Helicopter to College.

From the Dowling College News & Views newsletter, (no. 2), February, 1969:

Dowling has become one of the few colleges in the world to include ownership of a new four-passenger helicopter among its educational advantages.
The helicopter, a Bell Jet Ranger, was a gift to the college from Robert W. Dowling, Chairman of City Investing Company of New York. Mr. Dowling delivered the aircraft personally, flying in it from New York City.
On hand to meet the helicoopter and “receive the keys” from Mr. Dowling were President Allyn P. Robinson and Board Chairman John B. Retalliata (left). The new “chopper,” painted a bright blue and gold, will be available for transportation of college dignitaries and special guests, and for additional instructional use in the Aeronautics Program.

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