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“Giving—it’s like living in the future.”
Remembering Roger C. Holden

Laura Skandera TrombleyRoger C. Holden, one of Pitzer College’s first trustees, once remarked, “Giving—it’s like living in the future.” That same year he decided to express his confidence that this fledgling college would not just survive but thrive by deeding his Laguna Beach home and property to Pitzer.

Nearly forty years later, with the passing of his beloved wife Sylvia, Roger’s commitment to Pitzer has been realized and the Holden property was sold in September for $15 million. Roger’s words today ring as true as when he said them years ago. Because of his deep commitment to what was then an experimental liberal arts college dedicated to a unique system of self-governance, interdisciplinary teaching and civic engagement, Pitzer College stands today beautifully positioned to continue our tradition of providing students with a transformational education with the intention that they will use their talents to transform the world around them.

The faculty and students profiled in this special edition of The Participant are indeed our future and I’m sure you join me in welcoming them to our Pitzer community. This newest class of faculty and students indeed embody Pitzer College’s motto “mindful of the future” as well as Roger Holden’s hope for a great new college.

Laura Skandera Trombley
President, Pitzer College

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