"Remarkable does not adequately describe the Shapiro family's dedication to and support of this institution," Reinharz said. "Their profound contributions are historic in scope and will benefit generations to come."
The Shapiros, who reside in Boston and Palm Beach, Fla., have shown an enduring commitment since making their initial gift to the University more than a half-century ago. Over the years, the family has established the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Center for Library Technology and Journals, Carl J. Shapiro Chair in International Finance, Carl and Ruth Shapiro Admissions Center, Carl and Ruth Shapiro Campus Center, and an atrium/public forum space at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Carl Shapiro joined the Brandeis Board of Trustees in 1979, and currently serves as a trustee emeritus. The couple's three daughters Ronny Zinner, Ellen Jaffe, and Linda Waintrup are also involved with the University. Ronny is a longstanding member of the Brandeis Board of Trustees and serves as vice chair of the Heller School Board of Overseers.
The design of the Carl J. Shapiro Science Center reflects the way Brandeis scientists teach and conduct research. "It is designed in such a way to give students and faculty many opportunities for intellectual engagement, collaboration, learning and discovery," Reinharz said.