New Feigenbaum portrait unveiled

A new painting of the late Armand V. Feigenbaum ’42 and his brother, Donald S. Feigenbaum ’46 was unveiled Wednesday in the lobby of the administration building that bears their name.
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The brothers are together again.

A new painting of the late Armand V. Feigenbaum ’42 and his brother, Donald S. Feigenbaum ’46 was unveiled Wednesday in the lobby of the administration building that bears their name.

The painting is by Ronald N. Sherr, whose portraits also include Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. 

President Stephen C. Ainlay thanked Emil J. George, president of the Feigenbaum Foundation and other members of the foundation. “The Feigenbaum Foundation has channeled the generosity of the brothers by supporting a number of initiatives at Union.”

They include the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts, Feigenbaum Hall, the Feigenbaum Forum on Innovation and Creativity and a professorship and scholarship.

“They were men of great accomplishment, successful by any measure,” Ainlay said. “But they were also just remarkably good people and we’re very fortunate to count them as grads.”

George remarked that the inspiration for the dual portrait came during a campus visit. “When discussing the gift with President Ainlay, I thought we should do something that captures the brothers together,” he said. “They were always a team, a formidable team.”

George thanked Ainlay and his staff for “making it easy” to honor the Feigenbaums. “You have made it possible for us to carry out the wishes and the legacy of the Feigenbaum brothers,” he said.

The Feigenbaums were acknowledged world leaders in systems engineering and total quality control. They founded General Systems Co., the Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based international systems engineering firm that designs and helps implement operational systems for corporations and governments worldwide.

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