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Roger '68 & Judy Dilmore

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In Support of Academic Excellence
Summer 2012

Roger ’68 and Judy Dilmore continue three generations of family values to create a library endowment at Clarkson. The Dilmores feel a strong sense of connection between their family values and Clarkson family values.

“The Clarkson values of caring, integrity, service and diligence resonate with three generations of our own family values,” says Roger. “We credit our success to a strong sense of family, and living and learning by example with pride and humility, strength and compassion, honor and patriotism. A natural next step in our lifelong relationship with Clarkson was to create an endowed fund as a testament to our shared values, and supporting the library was perfect for us.”

The Dilmores created the Dilmore-Hartwell Family Library Endowment Fund dedicated in loving memory of Roger’s grandparents, Harlow H. and Sara C. Hartwell, and Edward K. and Laura E. Dilmore, and his parents, John E. and Helen H. Dilmore.  The fund will support Clarkson’s Harriett Call Burnap Memorial Library.

Roger grew up in Waterloo, NY, and graduated from Clarkson in 1968 with a B.S. in electrical engineering. He continued his education with graduate courses at the University of Michigan and in Binghamton. Roger met Judy through a common Clarkson friend, and they married in 1968. Judy is a business graduate of Broome Community College, and has been active leader of many school and community service organizations. She retired in 2003 as Administrative Assistant at Broome County Department of Aviation.  Roger retired on disability from NYSEG in 1997, and after 18 months of rehabilitation due to a brain infection, he earned his associate’s degree from Broome Community College and worked part-time at BCC’s Learning Assistance Center until 2006, aiding other students much as he had been helped. Both Roger and Judy have been lifelong supporters of Clarkson. In addition to their loyalty to the Clarkson Fund, Roger has served as his class reunion activity chair, as an alumni admission volunteer, and as a member of the Alumni Council. As an undergraduate, he was a founding member of the Clarkson University Pep Band in 1964. The Dilmores are proud parents of Clarkson graduates MAJ Jonathan Dilmore ’97 and Gregory Dilmore ’00, and proud parents-in-law of Kathy Dilmore ’00. 

Roger and Judy have structured their endowment gift as a pledge over three years. What’s unique about their pledge is that each year part of their gift will go into the endowment fund and part of it will be used to provide immediate support to the library. “Clarkson was very helpful planning our gift to achieve our objectives,” said Roger, “we wanted to honor our family with an endowment and also help the library right now.” Their endowment gift also makes Roger and Judy members of the Annie Clarkson Society.

“The values we share are eternal, and we need to pass them on,” says Roger, “for Judy and me, Clarkson is a perfect vehicle for doing just that.”

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