GROSSMAN HOUSE, a special residence housing 25 students interested in global topics, was dedicated April 5. Opened on High Street in fall 2012, the house is named in honor of Richard A. Grossman ’64 and his wife, Rissa Welt Grossman.
The house features single and double-occupancy rooms and a large library on the first floor where special events open to the campus community are held. Faculty advisers include Paul Barclay, associate professor of history; William Bissell, associate professor of anthropology; Robert Blunt, assistant professor of religious studies; Gisella Gisolo, director of international and off-campus education; Nandini Sikand, assistant professor of film and media studies; David Stifel, associate professor of economics and chair of international affairs; and Angelika von Wahl, associate professor of international affairs.
An economics and business major, Grossman earned his law degree at Harvard University. The president of Interstate Building Corporation in Tarrytown, N.Y., he has been an officer of Interstate Building and its affiliates, Gibraltar Management Company Inc. and Empire State Construction Corp., since 1969. He served 20 years as a Lafayette trustee, becoming emeritus last May.
Sustaining members of the Marquis Society, the Grossmans were inducted into the Société d’Honneur in 2003. Their previous gifts include the Grossman Gallery in the Williams Visual Arts Building and the Grossman Visiting Artist and Exhibition program. Their daughter is Sharon Grossman Herzog ’97.