Philanthropist Bernard A. Zuckerman passes away peacefully
The university benefactor led an influential and vibrant life

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Bernard A. Zuckerman

KENNESAW, Ga. (February 25, 2013)

Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of Bernard A. Zuckerman, philanthropist and university benefactor, who passed away peacefully at 7:50 a.m. Friday, February 22, at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He recently celebrated his 91st birthday.


During the past 40 years, Mr. Zuckerman has been an integral part of the Atlanta community and has contributed generously to educational and cultural programs throughout north Georgia. Mr. Zuckerman remains one of the most important benefactors of Kennesaw State University, having given $2 million to the construction of the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, set to open in fall 2013. He also donated over 130 works of art created by his late wife, Ruth V. Zuckerman, to the University’s collection. Mr. Zuckerman moved to Georgia from New York in the early 1970s to pursue a successful career in the carpet industry.


A private graveside service for Mr. Zuckerman will be held at the Greenwood Cemetery with a memorial service to be held sometime in the coming weeks. Mrs. Suzanne Siegel has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University in care of the KSU Foundation.


Mr. Bernard A. Zuckerman is survived by his wife, Suzanne Siegel; daughters Rowann Zuckerman Gilman and Laura “Laurel” Bellon; and countless friends and community members who have been impacted by Mr. Zuckerman’s influential and vibrant life.


The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University will be the permanent setting of the Ruth V. Zuckerman sculpture collection and serve as the hub of the Arts District on campus. The KSU community is honored to carry on the mission of Mr. Zuckerman’s vision and generosity.


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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.



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