Lacy Hermann ’50. In Memoriam.
Lacy Herrmann '50, P'82, GP'16 and longtime generous benefactor and board member of the Brown University Club in New York, passed away peacefully on September 24, 2012. He was 83.
Lacy joined the board of BCNY in 1983. Back then, the Club was in debt, largely due to the costly office space it rented in Manhattan. As the President of the Brown Alumni Association (BAA), Lacy came up with an innovative solution: found and serve as Chair of the Independent Award Dinner, and use part of the proceeds to help the Club. Concomitant with Brown’s independent-minded spirit, the award honored individuals who thought and acted independently, not relenting in the face of pressure by others. The proceeds from the Dinner helped the Club pay off its debts, and support local students with scholarships.
Lacy was awarded the Brown Bear Award in 1986 for his exemplary service to his alma mater. Elected a Trustee of the University from 1990 - 1996, he served as a member of the Development and Alumni Relations Committee. Lacy served as Trustee Emeritus until his passing. He loved talking to students and giving out diplomas at Commencement.
Lacy's Brown legacy continues. His son, Conrad, graduated in 1982, and his granddaughter, Christine, is Class of 2016.