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2017 Segal Award for Civic Engagement in the Arts: Jack Rudin†

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Nov 2, 2017
Nov 2, 2017
Segal Theatre

Photo courtesy of the Rudin Family

Thursday, November 2
Segal Theatre

Join us for an evening celebrating and honoring the life and work of the late Jack Rudin (1924-2016). An extraordinary supporter of The Graduate Center, CUNY and the Segal Center, he was a very close friend of Marty Segal, both of whom have made a considerable, lasting impact on the artistic life of New York City. Jack’s son Eric Rudin and the philanthropist Susan Rudin will accept the Segal Center Award for Civic Engagement in the Arts in his name.

Jack Rudin, former Chairman of Rudin Management, was a builder, developer, and manager of New York City real estate. Along with his late brother, Lewis, they have carried on a family tradition of philanthropy and public service initiated many years ago by their father, Samuel and mother, May. Rudin Management is one of the largest privately owned real estate companies in New York City.

Jack Rudin attended P.S. 166, followed by DeWitt Clinton High School, and then attended City College. He entered the United States Army in 1942 and served with distinction as a Staff Sergeant under General Patton in the Infantry and received the Bronze Star Medal for fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. He returned home in 1945 to enter the family business. The Rudin family’s unique philanthropic contributions are exempli ed by their support of many programs throughout the City of New York. In 1976 Fred Lebow, President of the New York Road Runners through Manhattan Borough President, Percy Sutton, reached out to Jack to help bring the New York City Marathon to all 5 boroughs. Jack and Lewis provided the initial sponsorship with the request that the trophy be named “The Samuel Rudin Trophy” in honor of their father, a long distance runner. To this day, the Rudin Family is one of the major sponsors of the ING New York City Marathon. Jack Rudin served with distinction on the Boards of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the George C. Marshall Foundation. He was an Honorary Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and Congregation Shearith Israel (the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue), as well as a Trustee Emeritus of Iona College.

Jack was awarded the most prestigious Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in 2003 and in 2008 was granted the Benemerenti Award Medal by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI. In addition, Jack received many awards for his support from many organizations including The Greater New York Councils Boy Scouts of America, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the Jewish Foundation of Christian Rescuers/ADL, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, Conservancy for Historic Battery Park, Calvary Hospital, the Congregation of Christian Brothers, Cooper Union, the Citizens Committee, Wildlife Conservation Society, the New York Building Trades Employers’ Association, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the New York Building Congress, Hebrew University and. His contributions to Women in Need, Central Park Conservancy, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have affected the quality of lives of so many.

Honorary degrees have been bestowed on Jack Rudin by Iona College (86), The City College, The City University of New York (93), the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (93), and Yeshiva University (95).