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Gabelli Alumnus Eugene Shvidler Awarded Honorary Degree


On September 2, 2015, Fordham University conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree—the University’s highest honor—upon Eugene Shvidler, who earned an MBA and an MS in International Taxation from the Gabelli School of Business in 1992, at the Royal Automobile Club in London.

Shvidler, a trained mathematician, a noted winemaker, an oil executive, and international philanthropist, was awarded the degree in light of his support of Jewish centers of learning around the world, and his significant gift to establish the Shvidler Chair in Judaic Studies at Fordham.

(L. to R.) Joseph M. McShane, SJ, president of Fordham University; James P. Flaherty, FCRH ’69, member of the Board of Trustees; Zara Shvidler; Eugene Shvidler; Rabbi Berel Lazar, chief rabbi of Russia; and Stephen Freedman, PhD, provost of the University.


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