Dedicated professor finds the time for GSAS
Larry Altman, Ph.D., FCRH ’72 and GSAS ’74 and ‘82, has been involved with Fordham for the better part of four decades. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Fordham College at Rose Hill in 1972, Altman completed his master’s degree two years later and earned his doctorate in biological sciences in 1982.
Since then, he has translated his long standing appreciation and admiration for his alma mater through sound policy advice and philanthropic donations.
In 2004, for instance, when Nancy Busch, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, established the GSAS advisory board to help bolster the school’s position as the intellectual heart and soul of the University, she asked Altman to participate.
“I was honored to be part of the core group,” said Altman, an associate professor of biology at Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) in Waterbury, Conn., where he teaches human anatomy and physiology to pre nursing and allied health professionals. “I saw it as an opportunity to advise and say thank you for all Fordham did for me.”
Although the number of board members has increased in recent years, the advisory board hasn’t lost its original focus or sense of purpose, Altman said.
“It has become increasingly diverse,” he said. “We have been quite fortunate in attracting leaders from business, the humanities, science, medicine, education, law and other disciplines who share a common enthusiasm for graduate education at Fordham.”
The board looks to create ways for students to achieve success in their chosen areas of interest, he noted. “Ultimately, our students will serve as spirited ambassadors of excellence and compassion at a level that will ensure Fordham’s institutional growth and increased opportunities for future applicants.”
His service on the advisory board reflects his long standing commitment to GSAS. In 1986, Altman established the Ludwig and Paula Altman Travel Fund for student participation in meetings at the national level in the area of cell biology.
After completing his Ph.D. in the biological sciences at Fordham in 1982, Altman spent three years as a postdoctoral associate in the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology. He also was a consultant at Columbia University and taught regularly at Western Connecticut State University, and is a former president of the Connecticut Microscopy Society.
In concert with his students and colleagues, he has just completed a histology, or human tissue, slide collection digitalization project for the human anatomy and physiology laboratories at NVCC.
While his work at NVCC demands most of his attention, he said he always finds the time for his alma mater.
“Fordham has always been very good to me,” he said. “I’d like to encourage other alumni to come back and check it out and see for themselves how much better Fordham has become. It really is truly astonishing.
“You can come home again.”
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