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Public Health School Now the Mailman School of Public Health

The largest single gift ever made to a school of public health has transformed the Columbia School of Public Health into the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

The school received a $33 million gift from the New York City-based Mailman Foundation. The renaming honors the late Joseph Lawrence Mailman, a son of immigrants who became a prominent investor and philanthropist.

Dr. Allan Rosenfield, dean of the School of Public Health, said the school’s newly fortified endowment will be used for faculty support, financial aid to students in need, and the school’s public health programs and research.

The family-run Mailman Foundation, founded by the late Joseph Lawrence Mailman, has been a benefactor to institutions concerned with education, medicine, and the arts, including the Mailman Research Center in Psychobiology at Harvard’s McLean Hospital in Massachusetts, the Mailman Center for Child Development of the University of Miami, and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York.

Mr. Mailman’s extensive philanthropy was made possible by his business success. He and his brother, Abraham, formed the Utica Knife and Razor Co., the Pal Blade Company, and later the Mailman Corporation, one of the earliest conglomerates in North America. In the course of his enterprising career, Mr. Mailman was president of the Persona Blade Co. and the British Rubber Co. and chairman of the board of Air Express International. A successful fund-raiser for many philanthropic organizations, including the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, Mr. Mailman also actively assisted families fleeing Nazi Germany.

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