About the Mendelson Family
The Mendelson family has had a long and continually growing relationship with Columbia College, Columbia Business School, and the University. The Mendelson Center for Undergraduate Business Initiatives was established with a $10 million gift from the Mendelson family: Laurans A. ’60CC, ’61BUS and Arlene H. Mendelson; Eric ’87CC, ’89BUS, P:’17CC, ’19CC and Kimberly Mendelson; Victor ’89CC, P:’18CC, ’20CC and Lisa Mendelson. For the Mendelsons, attending Columbia University is a family tradition spanning four generations, dating back to Samuel Mendelson 1906CC, an immigrant from Lithuania.
The family’s philanthropy at Columbia began in 1983 with the establishment of the Samuel and Blanche Mendelson Memorial Scholarship Fund and has continued through the endowment of two professorships: the Laurans A. and Arlene Mendelson Professorship of Economics and the Mendelson Family Professorship of American Studies. The Mendelson Center for Undergraduate Business Initiatives was established by University Trustee resolution in June 2016.