Alumna Donates Antique Desk in Honor of Her Mentors, Friends

Alumna Donates Antique Desk.

Photo: Matt Cummins

Betsy Oberst, associate vice president of alumni relations and stewardship at SUNY Oswego (left), accepted the donation of an Oswego Normal School desk from the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Cole-Turner M’76 CAS ’76. Cole-Turner donated the desk, which is now housed in King Alumni Hall, in honor of her lifelong mentor and friend, the late Dr. Barbara Gerber, a Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of Counseling and Psychological Services and co-founder of the women’s studies program at Oswego who died in March, and her spouse, the late Nancy Seale Osborne ’70, Librarian Emerita, who died in 2011. Cole-Turner worked with the couple’s daughters to compile an archive of Gerber’s collection of National Women’s Studies Association newsletters and papers, which are housed in the desk, along with two books published by Osborne. “I hope that this desk will help people remember them and encourage them to look through the archival papers and books and to learn something about these two wonderful women who just really inspired and loved me,” Cole-Turner said.

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