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Purchase Mourns Death of Shirley Durst, Friend and Benefactor

Date Released: 6/16/2011

Shirley Durst was an extraordinary friend and advocate who was a generous supporter of the College's arts and humanities programs for over 20 years. Details.

Shirley supported many campus organizations and served as a board member of the Purchase College Foundation. Her dedication to the College’s vision was evident in her creation of the Shirley and Royal Durst Chair in Literature, the Shirley and Royal Durst Endowed Scholarship Fund, and the Shirley Durst School of the Arts Endowed Fund.  The School of Humanities Building is named after the Durst Family in recognition of her family’s commitment to the College.


Our deepest sympathy to the entire Durst family. We are grateful for her family’s request that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Purchase College Foundation,  735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577.


Thomas J. Schwarz, President Purchase College