Morristown, N.J. (February 27, 2017) – A $5 million bequest was awarded to the College of Saint Elizabeth. The donor is Dr. Antoinette M. Anastasia, of Elizabeth, N.J., an alumna. Dr. Anastasia passed away on December 2, 2016.
"Dr. Anne was a wonderful friend to the College," said President Helen J. Streubert. "Early in my tenure she worked closely with me to envision what could be the future for the College, specifically in the sciences. Anne was always generous in spirit. Her gift is transformational at this time in the College's history as we continue to serve those who have not traditionally had access to higher education."
The College of Saint Elizabeth community was honored to recognize Dr. Anastasia as its 2015 Mother Xavier Award recipient, the highest honor bestowed upon an alumna of the school each year on Founders Day for recalling the vision, courage and faith of the founder of the College of Saint Elizabeth, Mother Mary Xavier Mehegan.
In 2012, Dr. Anastasia anonymously gave the College the largest outright gift in the college's history, to renovate its biology labs in Henderson Hall. The biology wing has now been named in her honor.
Dr. Anastasia graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth in 1951 with a B.S. in Biology. She went on to earn her M.A. and Ed.D. from Columbia University. Dr. Anastasia started her career as a research assistant, first at Schering Plough Corporation and then Merck & Co. Inc. She taught human anatomy and physiology at a local hospital's school of nursing and then became a professor of biology at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J., where she taught throughout her long career.
Dr. Anastasia described herself as an educator. As an administrator, it was important for her to remain a teacher in the classroom to give students personal attention. She attributed the College of Saint Elizabeth with giving her a firm foundation and preparing her well for her life as an educator.