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The Passing of Joseph L. Bruno

From the President's Desk

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: The Passing of Joseph L. Bruno

It is with extreme sadness that I write to share the news of the passing this morning of former New York Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno (1994-2008). He was 91.

Senator Bruno was a staunch supporter of his constituents, and a true friend to Rensselaer. He sincerely believed that scientific and technological discovery were invaluable to fueling the economy of the region and New York State. During his tenure as Senate Majority Leader, Senator Bruno improved the region's transportation hubs, and also created a foundation for the biotechnology and nanotechnology industries that are now established throughout Upstate New York.

I greatly valued Senator Bruno’s partnership and friendship. He vigorously supported our vision for The Rensselaer Plan, and for our daring — and timely — move into the biotechnology arena.

He was a biotechnology visionary and was instrumental in garnering support for our biotechnology programs. We were delighted when he joined me in cutting the ribbon at the groundbreaking and opening of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies in 2004.

Senator Bruno’s generous support also was extended to our supercomputing facility, our Center for Future Energy Systems, and our Broadband Research Center.

Senator Bruno was a distinguished alumnus who received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Rensselaer in 2003. He was a special member of the Rensselaer family, enthusiastically attending many events on campus during the formative days of The Rensselaer Plan.

Senator Joseph Bruno was one-of-a-kind and his leadership, and friendship, will be sorely missed.

Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Senator Bruno’s family and friends. Please join me in taking a moment to reflect on the contributions this devoted public servant made to our university and to our world. He will never be far from our thoughts.