An alumnus known for his organic garden is now helping to grow the next generation of environmental scientists at Wagner College.
The late John Deane '53 (1923–2009) created the John '53 and Gloria Deane Fund to Support Teaching and Learning in the Environmental Sciences, making gifts during his lifetime and in his will.
Now fully funded, the Deane Endowment will offer three programs to boost environmental studies at Wagner: a scholarship, an annual student award, and a fund to support teaching and learning.
A business major, Deane was a CPA and spent most of his career as an auditor and controller in the film industry. In retirement, he pursued his passions for nature and art. His wife, Gloria, was a noted artist and founder of the Staten Island Artists' Federation; she died in 2006.