In Memory of Dr. Bernard Lander

Dr. Bernard Lander, founder and president of Touro College (1970-2010), was a social scientist and educator, a preeminent leader in the Jewish community and a pioneer in Jewish and general higher education. As associate director of former New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's Committee on Unity, a precursor to the City's Commission on Human Rights, Dr. Lander promoted key fair employment legislation and attacked discriminatory quotas in higher education. An ordained rabbi, he earned a doctorate in sociology from Columbia University.

Dr. Lander's record of achievement in creating and building new educational institutions was unparalleled. Prior to establishing Touro College in 1971, he served as a professor of sociology for over two decades at City University of New York. He served as dean of Yeshiva University's Bernard Revel Graduate School from 1954 through 1969 and reorganized Yeshiva’s graduate programs into the schools of social work, education and psychology.

Dr. Lander served as a consultant to three United States presidents. He was a consultant to the White House Conference on Children and Youth; served on an advisory council on public assistance established by Congress; and was a member of the President's Advisory Committee on Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime in the Johnson and Kennedy administrations. For eight years he acted as a senior director of a national study on the problems of youth for the University of Notre Dame of South Bend, Indiana. He authored of "Towards an Understanding of Juvenile Delinquency," published by Columbia University Press, and numerous articles in the field of sociology. Dr. Lander also worked as a consultant to the Maryland State Commission on Juvenile Delinquency.

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