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Samuel B. Duryea Society

The Samuel B. Duryea Society recognizes individuals who have named the School of Engineering as a beneficiary in their wills, trusts, retirement accounts, and life insurance policies. It was created in the Spring of 1990, and was named after Samuel Bowne Duryea (1845 – 1892), a former Poly student who was the first to make a bequest to the Institute in 1885. Samuel was a resident of Brooklyn, NY and was the son of General Harmanus B. Duryea. Mr. Duryea’s fortune at the time of his death was valued at over $5,000,000 – most of which was left to Poly.

For further information about planned gifts or joining the Samuel B. Duryea Society, please contact our Development Office at 212.998.6960. You can also email Alan Shapiro at

Duryea Society Member Testimonials

"My late husband, Hermann Broeker '49, was a Poly alumnus and he loved Poly. Because he loved Poly, I've come to love Poly, too. He made provisions for Poly in his will, and it is my intention to honor his wishes, while I continue to make contributions to Poly on my own." -- Johanna Broeker

"When I was writing my will, I decided to leave remaining funds in my IRA retirement plan to Poly. Likewise, a gift to Poly in your will would be an appropriate way to acknowledge your indebtedness. We know that Polytechnic must continue as a great educational center for technological progress." -- Norbert M. Bikales '56, '61

"I never cease to be impressed by the work ethic, focus, and ambition of the School of Engineering students--many of whom continue to be among the first in their families to receive a college education, or require some type of finanical aid. Assisting these young adults in achieving their dreams is a terrific investment in our nation's future. That is why, when it came time to create a will, I felt it was important to designate Polytechnic as a recipient of funds." -- Charles Hinkaty '70, '72 MA


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