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Joining the Founders Court

June 28, 2008 at 12:00 am

Carleton honors Broom family philanthropy

Faculty, alumni, trustees, and friends of the College gathered on Thursday, May 15, 2008 to celebrate the outstanding philanthropy of Carleton parents Leonard and Gretchan Broom and their daughter Dorothy Broom ‘66, a current Carleton trustee.

During a dedication ceremony complete with tributes and an unveiling of the stone engraved with their names, the Broom family was welcomed into the Founders Court, Carleton’s permanent tribute to the people whose personal philanthropy built and continues to sustain the College. Members of the Founders Court have matched or exceeded the equivalent of William Carleton’s founding gift of $50,000, which today is valued at more than $5 million.

The Brooms have together given more than $6 million to Carleton. They have included Carleton in their financial planning in very intentional ways, establishing gifts that will help secure Carleton’s future as a premiere liberal arts institution.

Ultimately, the Broom family gifts will fund two endowed chairs at Carleton, greatly contributing to Carleton’s commitment to add 15 new faculty positions as part of Breaking Barriers, Creating Connections. The Broom Professorship in Social Demography has recently been appointed.

Both Leonard and Dorothy Broom have distinguished careers in the field of sociology. In addition to teaching and research, Leonard has written several prominent textbooks, one of which he and Dorothy co-authored. Dorothy is a professor at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at Australian National University. An active lecturer, teacher, researcher, and writer, Dorothy’s primary focus is on health inequalities and the social dimensions of health and illness. She has devoted more than 30 years of service on behalf of the Australian women’s health movement.

Citing her family’s natural desire to support what is meaningful and worthwhile to them, Dorothy said at the conclusion of the ceremony, “Really, no thanks necessary.”