SUNY Oswego presented Rosemary “Rose” Cardamone Crane ’81, a member of the Oswego College Foundation Board of Directors, with a wealth of academic and leadership opportunities. But the best thing she may have found in college was her husband, Douglas Crane ’80.
They were married after she finished her degree in communications from Oswego. Doug had four job offers after he graduated and chose a position in Cleveland.
“That was 1980, when computer science was just on the rise,” Rose said. “He just did really great.”
Doug died in 2012 after a years-long battle with a rare liver condition. Rose chose to honor him by creating a scholarship in his name for a sophomore or junior majoring in computer science with demonstrated financial need.
It’s the second scholarship she helped start at Oswego. In 2004, she and Doug created a scholarship for an incoming freshman to the School of Business.
“I just thought it was a great way to give back,” she said.
After Oswego, she spent 20 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb, working her way up to president of the U.S. Primary Care Division. She also held several top-level positions at other companies throughout her career.
She said she’s grateful for the many opportunities available to her as a student. By the time she graduated, she had completed three internships, had been a resident assistant for Funnelle Hall and had represented the college on a summer tour across New York to talk to incoming freshmen.
Now, she is giving future generations of students a better chance to succeed.
“I just think President [Deborah F.] Stanley has done an unbelievable job with this university,” Crane said. “She keeps providing more opportunities, more technology, more everything for students to take advantage of, and it’s there, waiting.”
—Edwin Acevedo M’09