Creating a legacy was the last hing on Bob Malesardi’s mind when he arrived at
Bucknell as a 16-year-old member of
the Class of 1945.
Seventy-five years later, he stood
with his family on the Malesardi
Quadrangle, named in honor of his
recent pledge of $20 million — the
single-largest commitment in University
history, made with his wife, Doris. The
gift will be used exclusively to support
financial aid endowment.
Members of the Board of Trustees,
students, friends and family gathered at
the north end of the Quad April 30 and
applauded as President John Bravman
unveiled a facsimile of a plaque that
will be permanently installed there.
Malesardi was visibly moved during
the ceremony, which also was attended
by his wife and his daughters, Carol
Malesardi Litwak ’75, Janet Malesardi
Schaeder ’79, Ann Malesardi ’87 and
Formerly known as the Academic
Quad, the Malesardi Quadrangle is
Bucknell’s central green space, bounded
by Bertrand Library, the Vaughan
Literature Building, Coleman Hall
and a panoramic northern view of the
Susquehanna Valley. It was the site of
the 166th Commencement, during
which Bob and Doris were recognized
for their historic generosity.
The newest chapter in the family’s
rich Bucknell legacy begins this fall,
when granddaughter Kelly Shaner,
Ann’s daughter, arrives on campus as a
member of the Class of 2020. Kelly will
be the second Malesardi grandchild to
matriculate, following Carol’s daughter,
Allison Litwak ’08.
A matching-gift program designed
to encourage other donors to support
financial aid will enhance the Malesardis’
$20 million pledge. New commitments
of $100,000 or more to new or existing
endowed scholarships are eligible for a
match of $1 to every $2 donated.
For more information on the matching-gift
program and other financial aid giving
opportunities, visit bucknell.edu/Malesardi
Match or call Development & Alumni
Relations at 570-577-3200.
To watch a video tribute to the
Malesardis at Commencement, go to
the Bucknell Magazine app or bucknell.edu/
Name for a
a long family legacy.
By Christina Masciere Wallace
Jill Malesardi, Ann Malesardi ’87, P’ 20, Janet Malesardi
Schaeder ’79, Doris and Bob Malesardi ’45, P’75, P’79,
P’87, G’08, G’ 20, Carol Malesardi Litwak ’75, P’08.
The Bucknell Board of Trustees’ one-day challenge to University
supporters was met with resounding
success. By midnight April 28, more
than 4,300 Bucknellians had stepped
up, breaking participation records for
this fundraising challenge event, the
UNLOCKING THE MAGIC
theme of which was Unlock the Magic.
Online and by phone, Bucknellians
kept the momentum going throughout
the day, raising funds to benefit
students in every aspect of University life
— from academics to athletics, financial
aid to residence life.
Ultimately, Bucknellians gave more
than $1.4 million, and challenge funds
from the trustees pushed the grand
total more than $1.7 million. (All
numbers are preliminary. Final results
will be calculated by July 15.)
— Christina Masciere Wallace