Morristown, N.J. (June 23, 2015) – The College of Saint Elizabeth has received one of its largest bequests ever – $2.3 million from the estate of Joseph Scavuzzo of Short Hills, N.J. The funds will provide student scholarships in the memory of both Scavuzzo and his late wife, Katharine J. Hill. It was Hill's friendship with a CSE alumna, Marian Kerwin Koegel, '40, that prompted the bequest.
"We are very thankful to Joseph Scavuzzo and Katharine Hill for their generosity," said CSE President Helen J. Streubert. "It reminds us, as an institution, how deeply our influence is on the individuals and communities that we serve. We will use these funds, as designated by her late husband Joseph, to honor Katherine and her commitment to nutrition and passion for the arts."
Katharine Hill and Marian Kerwin Koegel met when working at Prudential Insurance in Newark, both specializing in dietetics. Hill mentored Koegel in her position as associate manager/ head dietitian overseeing the establishment of food services in regional Prudential offices. Hill, who died in 2007, and Koegel, who died in 2011, maintained a lifetime friendship.
Hill graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn as a dietitian and managed Marie's Tea Room in East Orange, owned her own catering business, then joined Prudential working there from 1937-1977. She was also a cellist in the East Orange High School Orchestra and a member of the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra. She retired from Prudential in 1977 and was an active volunteer with New Eyes for the Needy and the Millburn Public Library.
Joseph Scavuzzo died in 2013. He was an architect who worked during his long career for Prudential Insurance, Con-Edison and Honeywell. Born in Newark, N.J., he was one of eight children and at the time of his death was survived by his brothers, Philip and Peter Scavuzzo.