On Friday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Main Hall auditorium, Wagner College will celebrate the life of the late Dr. Donald W. Spiro ’49 H’88, chairman emeritus and lifetime member of the Wagner College Board of Trustees, who died on July 30, 2017. He was 91 years old.
The campus community, alumni and the public are all invited to attend.
A native Staten Islander, Donald Spiro graduated from Wagner College in 1949. He became a lifelong supporter of the college, one of its most generous donors and a key player in its success. As chairman of the college’s board of trustees in the 1990s, Don Spiro oversaw Wagner’s renaissance. The leadership, guidance and support of Donald Spiro and of his wife, fellow Wagner graduate Dr. Evelyn Lindfors Spiro ’49 H’92, have made Wagner College into the thriving institution it is today.
In 1992, the Spiros funded the refurbishment of Wagner’s Communications Center, which was renamed Spiro Hall. Additional gifts from the Spiros financed the construction of a major extension of the Sutter Gymnasium, dedicated in 1999 as the Spiro Sports Center. The borough of Staten Island celebrated June 5, 1999, as Don & Evelyn Spiro Day.
“Throughout his life, and particularly at Wagner College, Don Spiro set the highest standards for leadership, achievement, and integrity,” said President Richard Guarasci. “He was the key component in resurrecting the College from its financial and leadership challenges in its weakest hour in the 1980s and ’90s. He inspired so many of us to live up to his vision for a College based on excellence, substance, and resilience.”