Alumnae/i awards represent high level of achievement and service

Achievement and Service awards were bestowed upon two Sarah Lawrence alumnae/i at the College’s annual reunion on June 8.

For her caring concern for others and her dedication to the College, Marjorie Leff Miller '53, was honored with the Alumnae/i Citation for Service.

Miller has given generously of herself to Sarah Lawrence. She was a member of the Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors for three years and the Board of Trustees for eight. She has been an honorary trustee since 2008. She established the Marjorie Leff Miller Faculty Scholar in Music, currently held by Martin Goldray, and has supported The Fund for Sarah Lawrence and the Child Development Institute. Along with her husband Morgan, whom she met while a student at the College, Miller most recently funded the renovation of Titsworth Lecture Hall, which has been renamed in her honor.

Marjorie Miller has dedicated her life to her family and to the helping professions and volunteerism. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence, she worked as an early childhood teacher and consultant, then served as director of the Westchester Ethical Society Nursery School. She returned to school to pursue an MS in Special Education from the College of New Rochelle and an MSW from Columbia University. Upon becoming a clinical social worker, she served as a therapist and Employee Assistance Program facilitator for the Westchester Jewish Community Services.

An active volunteer throughout her life, Miller was a member of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies Westchester Women’s Board, served the Scarsdale schools for 17 years, and has supported the Westchester Reform Temple in various capacities, including trustee and president, for nearly 30 years. Most recently she was named to the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion.

For his success and influence as a designer and entrepreneur, Sam Edelman '73 was honored with the Alumnae/i Citation for Achievement.

For nearly 30 years, women the world over have sought out his Sam & Libby and Sam Edelman brand names, and he’s known as one of the world’s trendsetting shoe designers. His shoes have been featured on TV actresses Sofia Vergara in Modern Family and Shay Mitchell in Pretty Little Liars, and many of today’s celebrities include Edelman’s shoes in their wardrobes. In 2009, Footwear News Achievement Awards selected his company as their Brand of the Year.

After graduating from Sarah Lawrence, Edelman got his start working for Esprit de Corps, for whom he developed one of the great junior footwear brands of the 1980s. He later worked with the Ralph Lauren Corporation and Candies and co-founded Kenneth Cole Productions. In 1987, he launched the eponymous Sam & Libby with his wife and partner, selling ballet-style flats, and the two quickly became shoe celebrities.

Nine years later, they sold Sam & Libby and took some time off to focus on breeding and training horses on their farm. Edelman’s tenacity was tested when he was seriously injured in a riding accident; despite a dire prognosis, he rehabilitated himself. When he and Libby returned to the fashion industry in 2004 with their new company, Sam Edelman, Edelman found himself building brand recognition from scratch, filling a niche for high fashion shoes at affordable prices and eventually expanding their line into clothing and accessories. They recently sold the company; however, Edelman remains at the helm.

The Web site calls Edelman “a creative visionary in the footwear industry” and “a dominant force in fashion, making an indelible impact on some of the most renowned and contemporary footwear brands over the past 30 years.”