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The first Trustees of
CNR were well known Catholic
and Irish laymen. Lawyer, William H.
and long-time Chair of the Board of
Trustees was Adrian
Iselin, Jr., son
of the wealthy banking family of Adrian Iselin, Sr.
and one-time neighbor, Nelson Hume,
founder of the
lawyer and editor of Bradstreet’s
Greene, trustee, served as Vice President of the New York City
Education and was also an instructor at
CNR adjunct professor,
physician, and historian, Dr. James Walsh,
and adjunct professor,
editor, and journalist, Conde Pallen,
LL.D. both served as CNR trustees in the first decades of the
College. They generously
gave their time and expertise as lecturers to the students, professors,
Many of the CNR Trustees of the first quarter of the College’s History were listed in the 1911 edition of The American Catholic Who’s Who: lawyer John Agar of New Rochelle, patron of the arts (and donor of a large painting to CNR), politician, orator and lawyer William Bourke Cockran; journalist Robert Joseph Collier; capitalist and philanthropist John D. Crimmins; New York State Senator and Supreme Court Justice Victor J. Dowling; New York State Supreme Court Justice Martin J. Keogh of New Rochelle; New York Stock Exchange and Board of Education member William Lummis; New York State Supreme Court Justice Morgan J. O’Brien; New York Board of Regents member Eugene A. Philbin; New York State politician William F. Sheehan; historian and attorney Andrew J. Shipman. Many of these men were founders or members of the Catholic Club, a powerful lay organization formed at the end of the nineteenth century to promote and defend Catholic values which were being attacked by the American Protective Society (A.P.A.) and other anti-immigrant/anti-Catholic groups.
College Archivist, Sister Martha Counihan, OSU has deep roots here at CNR. Her grandmother and great-aunt were graduates of CNR in 1911. Her mother, several aunts and cousins, are also alumnae. Sr. Martha herself is a graduate of CNR, Class of 1967; she has a master’s degree in Art History from the University of Delaware and did her thesis on the architectural history of Leland Castle, which led her back to CNR as Archivist in 1976. Several years after receiving her M.S. in Library Service from Columbia University, Sr. Martha went to Latin America and engaged in pastoral ministry there. She returned to the United States in 1993 and served as a chaplain in the NYC area. In 2001, Sr. Martha returned to CNR as Archivist and Special Collections Librarian.
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