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Returning the Favor

Alumni Establish Endowed Scholarship to Honor Former Mentor

When Marv Reznikoff, Ph.D, agreed to mentor doctoral candidates, it wasn’t in name only. The former chair of the psychology department and director of Fordham’s clinical training program gave his students his all.

If students left Reznikoff a draft of a new chapter on Friday afternoon, he would return extensive notes to them by Monday morning, according to Mary D. Byrne Rogan, Ph.D., TMC ’72, GSAS ’78 and ’83, the alumni chair of the Department of Psychology’s yearlong 75th anniversary commemoration, which culminates during Communitas ’09, on March 28.

“He is remarkably committed and supportive,” Byrne Rogan said of her mentor. “Even after we were finished with our theses, he followed up with [all of his students] professionally and personally. 

“He taught his students the importance of empathy.”

A group of GSAS alumni plans on returning the favor at this spring’s Communitas reunion, where they will announce the establishment of an endowed scholarship in their former mentor’s name.

The Marvin Reznikoff Endowed Scholarship Fund, which benefits graduate students working on the final stages of their dissertations, is a
fitting honor for the professor described as a true “man for others,” according to Jeanne C. Dietrich, Ph.D., GSAS ’84, a clinical psychologist, who credits Reznikoff with putting her on a successful career path.

“The scholarship captures exactly what he is about,” said Dietrich, who earned her doctoral degree in developmental psychology at Fordham in 1984 and currently has her own practice in Harrison, N.Y. “He always gave to others and always gave great direction to new talent, which is exactly what a scholarship is designed to do: foster new talent.”

Reznikoff earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at New York University in 1953 and began his tenure at Fordham in 1968. He was chair of the psychology department for four years, from 1981 to 1985, and was appointed professor emeritus in 1994.

He has received numerous awards for his work, which has been published extensively in journals, anthologies and books. The American Board of Professional Psychology certified him as a diplomate, and he is a former fellow with the American Psychological Association. He also is a past president of the Connecticut Psychological Association.

Additional contributions to the Marvin Reznikoff Endowed Scholarship Fund are welcome. To make a contribution, please contact Irene O’Brien, Senior Director of Development for GSAS at (212) 636-6701 or
You can also send a check made out to Fordham University, attention: Irene O’Brien, Office of Development and University Relations, 888 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019.
Please include a note indicating that you would like your gift to be allocated to the Marvin Reznikoff Endowed Scholarship.

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