Lenfest to be Honored at Bell Tower

A sketch of Lenfest Circle, expected to be done in fall 2017. (Courtesy of Temple University)

On Tuesday, Temple University Board of Trustees decided to honor H. F. “Gerry” Lenfest with a tribute at the Bell Tower.

The base of the historic Bell Tower will be landscaped in honor of the Trustee and named Lenfest Circle. The project is expected to be done by fall 2017.

“Those of us who have had the honor of working with Gerry over the years know he is a humble, down-to-earth person with a heart of gold,” said Board of Trustees Chair Patrick J. O’Connor. “The entire Temple University community has benefited from Gerry’s wisdom and experience, and we are delighted to approve this project as a sign of our deep admiration and respect.”

The Bell Tower structure will also be cleaned and resealed. The remodeling is on track with the Verdant Temple landscaping plan for campus.

Lenfest’s support led to the naming of Lew Klein Hall, and also provided a gift on behalf of the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. Furthermore, Joe First Media Center in Klein College is named in honor of Lenfest’s mentor.

Lenfest continually supports the community with generous donations. Temple awarded Lenfest an honorary doctorate in 2002 and gave him the Russell H. Conwell award in 2003. He additionally received the Musser Award for Excellence in Leadership from Temple’s Fox School of Business in 2006.

“The Bell Tower is home to decades of memories for hundreds of thousands of Temple alumni. I can think of no more appropriate place to make known this university’s esteem and regard for Gerry Lenfest,” President Richard M. Englert said.

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