I’ve been fortunate enough to receive numerous awards—all of which were important to me—but none have had the powerful, personal impact as did the City College award.
As an alumnus of CCNY, for both my bachelor’s and my master’s level degrees, the simplest way to describe my reason for feeling this way is that if it weren’t for CCNY there would be no Caliper and I would certainly not be who I am today.
I entered CCNY with no money. I, along with my sisters got accepted to Ivy League schools, but we didn’t have the money go to them. The only way I could go to college was to find one that provided a top of the line education at little or no cost. That was City College. It is the school—as I like to think Caliper is the company—that is devoted to helping people, regardless of their background, develop their full potential. For no cost I was able to study under the great minds of Gardner Murphy, Ken Clark, Kurt Goldstein and so many others. What would I have to pay to have a group of teachers me make me fall in love with Psychology? The group of teachers at City College had that ability.
As I said to the group last night, I was going to be a lawyer since the age of three. Like Perry Mason and Clarence Darrow saving the down-trodden. And I have to plead guilty to being in a profession where I have some of those same opportunities—but as a psychologist not a lawyer.
City College also gave me the know-how to write an award-winning PhD dissertation at NYU and to have a mind full of ideas as well as the hunger for creativity that led me to work on and finally develop a test that could predict someone’s ability to succeed in a certain job. To match that person to his or her professional career.
That hunger drove me to borrow $15,000 and create Caliper 52 years ago. I hope that the three-and-a-half million people and 28,000 companies Caliper has worked with in the past 52 years join me in saying a truly heartfelt, “Thank you, City College.”Tweet