The Robert and Augusta P. Finkelstein Memorial Lecture Series was established by Adelphi University in 1981 in honor of the late Robert Finkelstein, a noted industrialist and staunch believer in state and federal support of elementary and secondary education. The endowed lecture is provided through the generosity of Mrs. Augusta P. Finkelstein, a 1928 Adelphi graduate, in memory of her husband. Her goal was “to provide a series of lectures by well-known persons recognized for their commitment to the elementary and secondary public school system.” Following Mrs. Finkelstein’s death, the lecture was renamed in honor of them both.
Mr. Finkelstein was a dedicated crusader for public education, who believed that local advances would strengthen the entire public education system. He was an advocate of state and federal aid to education, the separation of church and state, and he urged open communication between school boards and citizens. His commitment to education is demonstrated by affiliation with various groups whose purpose was to improve the public school system. As a leading industrialist in Woonsocket, RI, Mr. Finkelstein had wanted nothing except “the satisfaction of seeing young people have the opportunity for the best education possible.”
Ruth S. Ammon School of Education
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