The Juilliard community lost a valued member with the death of Dawn M. Greene on August 30. Mrs. Greene, who was 88, was a leading supporter of Juilliard’s scholarship fund. As president and C.E.O. of the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, she expanded the legacy of support created by her late husband, Jerome L. Greene, who served as a Juilliard trustee from 1985 until the time of his death in 1999.
The Jerome L. Greene Scholarships were established in 1985 as the first awards designated for students in all three disciplines at Juilliard. In 2001, Mrs. Greene made a $12 million gift to endow the Jerome L. Greene Fellowships in Music, Dance, and Drama. These awards have provided vital financial assistance to countless talented and deserving young artists at Juilliard. During the current academic year alone, the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship Fund is providing $1,128,000 in support for 47 students.
Mrs. Greene will be fondly remembered by the many scholarship recipients she met over the years at an annual luncheon held at Juilliard in her honor. As all the students who met her discovered, she was genuinely interested in getting to know them as individuals and took great pride in their accomplishments.
A native New Yorker, Mrs. Greene graduated from Fordham University with a degree in sociology and a master’s in social work. Along with her late husband, she was a leading benefactor of many prominent cultural, educational, and medical institutions in New York City, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Mostly Mozart Festival, WNYC, the Jewish Museum, and Montefiore Medical Center. One of her most important gifts was the lead grant of $250 million in support of the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, a headquarters for neuroscience research and education at Columbia University’s new Manhattanville campus.
Juilliard owes a profound debt of gratitude to Mrs. Greene for her extraordinary generosity, as do the many students who will continue to benefit from her support in the future.