Winner, 2007 Alumni Service Medal
For more than fifty years, Bernard DelGiorno,AB’54, AB’55, MBA’55, has tirelessly supported the University of Chicago both personally and financially. DelGiorno’s donations include a 2006 gift of $5 million to help establish a Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, renovate Stagg Field, and build a residence hall for 900 students.
The son of Italian immigrants, Mr. DelGiorno worked at a steel plant in industrial relations and personnel before joining Paine Webber (now UBS Wealth Management USA) as a stockbroker in 1964. He is currently First Vice President-Investments at UBS Financial Services in Chicago
Why I give to the University of Chicago
I consider myself fortunate to have attended the University of Chicago—to have received a fine education and in the process made many lifelong friendships. Chicago is a great institution. To stay great and maintain its mission in this competitive world, it needs resources. In the words of Chicago's first Mayor Daley: "We don't back no losers." To keep the University a winner, endowment additions are an absolute necessity.
While the University has made great progress in securing resources for student financial aid, building maintenance, faculty support, and construction of new facilities, much remains to be done. Living as close as I do to the campus, I am able to see both the campus improvements and the remaining needs. I feel an obligation to support the University so that other students can get the benefit of the Chicago experience, and so the University can continue to provide the climate for great intellectual and scientific discoveries.
How I support the University
I play an active volunteer role on the College Visiting Committee and in other alumni groups. I have served as president of the Graduate Order of the "C," president of my fraternity's Graduate Board, and chair of several class reunions. I am currently Emeritus Alumni Chair.
I also sit on a number of committees to recruit students and to raise funds for the GeraldRatnerAthleticCenter. I have long felt that the University needed to expand the social, athletic, and recreational facilities and programs on campus. As a regular user of the athletic facilities and an attendee at varsity and intramural sport events, I see these as areas of particular need.
Throughout my professional career, I have employed dozens of University of Chicago students, providing these students with both useful income and "real world" job experiences.
I began contributing financially to the Century Club shortly after graduation. In addition, I have contributed regularly to the College Dean's Fund, Chicago Booth, the President's Fund, and the University's capital campaigns. The majority of my financial support and energies, however, have been directed toward improving Chicago's athletic facilities.
Interesting experiences at Chicago
I had some great professors as an undergraduate. Classes were exciting. I was a varsity gymnast and was active in my fraternity. Receiving my Order of the "C" blanket in 1954 from Amos Alonzo Stagg at the Inter-Fraternity Sing in Hutchinson Court was especially memorable. Graduating three times in Rockefeller Chapel made a lasting impression, as did attending a donor recognition dinner in the Chapel last May as it celebrated its 75th Anniversary.
Reunions are always fun and I have never missed one. I have also attended every home football game at Chicago except for one since 1969.
In 1968, I purchased a home on Woodlawn Avenue and became a permanent Hyde Park resident. Since then, I have been involved in a number of campus and community activities, including serving on the boards of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club and the Chicago Child Care Society. I also support the Hyde Park Historical Society, Court Theatre, The Quadrangle Club, and Hyde Park Art Fair.