2017 Founders' Day Gala
6 p.m. Cocktails
7 p.m. Dinner
Located in Le Moyne College Recreation Center
2017 Simon Le Moyne Honoree
Robert P. Doucette '69
As a Le Moyne student, Robert P. Doucette ’69 learned the value of community and carried that with him in his life’s work. For Bob, a building is much more than steel, glass and concrete; it is about the people who occupy those spaces and the connection points that nurture a strong sense of community. Nothing fills Bob with a greater sense of purpose than nurturing community.
As the founder of Armory Square Development & Management, Bob has breathed new life into Syracuse’s Armory Square, transforming what was once a dangerous, blighted part of downtown into one of Syracuse’s greatest points of pride. Its mixture of residential, commercial and retail space truly give it a feeling of community. Bob has been directly involved in many significant projects in the Armory neighborhood, lending credence to the idea that historic rehabilitation and thoughtful planning are central to the creation of a strong, vibrant urban core. His work has continued on Salina Street in the historic heart of Syracuse’s downtown.
The Athenian Oath, which in part reads “… we will transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us,” continues to inspire Bob in his service to many community organizations, including Le Moyne during his tenure on the board of regents. Over the years he has shared his wisdom and experience with Le Moyne and Syracuse University students by teaching courses in urban planning and development. He enjoys interacting with students and the opportunity to introduce them to something very close to his heart. In Bob’s words, he strives to give them a new “set of glasses” that give meaning to the environment they encounter every day.
Bob has been honored for his work with the Post Standard Achievement Award, Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board’s Rhea Eckel Clark Citizenship Award, the Everson Medal and the OHA Medal Award, among others. In 2014, Le Moyne College presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award. Bob and his wife, Katie, live in Syracuse and are the proud parents of two daughters and five grandchildren.
Founders' Day Co-Chairs
Steven Infanti '70 and David Grover '05
What is Founders’ Day
Founders’ Day, presented by Le Moyne's Board of Regents, is the most prestigious event held at the college and both commemorates and celebrates the establishment of Le Moyne College.
A key component of the Founders’ Day Gala is the presentation of the Simon Le Moyne Award for outstanding leadership for the benefit of society
What is the Simon Le Moyne Award
This award memorializes Father Le Moyne, a French Jesuit, an ambassador of peace and a person of faith, vision and courage.
How can my support impact students and the community?
The Founders’ Day Gala has a direct impact on Le Moyne students and the quality of life in Central New York. By recognizing outstanding examples of community service, this event serves to reinforce – among Le Moyne alumni, students, employees and friends, and the wider Central New York community – the value of service to others.