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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 26, 2001

Thomas W. Dunn, Gene Marie Ferguson ’90, William E. Miller
and John J. Nallin are Honorees

(Mahwah) – Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Shirelles will headline the Ramapo College Foundation’s 2001 Distinguished Citizens Dinner, to be held Saturday, March 3 at the Rockleigh Country Club. The event will honor four distinguished citizens for their leadership and commitment to higher education: Thomas W. Dunn, a partner at Beattie Padovano, LLC; Gene Marie Ferguson, a 1990 graduate of Ramapo College and a social worker at Hackensack University Medical Center; William E. Miller president and CEO at Damon G. Douglas Company, Inc.; and John J. Nallin, vice president, United Parcel Service. The annual benefit dinner raises funds for student scholarships, college programs and faculty development opportunities.

Rock and Roll’s first female super group, The Shirelles produced a string of hits including Soldier Boy, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Dedicated to the One I Love, and Mama Said. Their songs have been recorded by hundreds of artists, including The Beatles, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton and the Yardbirds, The Mamas and the Papas, Bernadette Peters and Smokey Robinson. The lasting appeal of these classic hits is so broad that they continue to be heard daily on a wide variety of radio formats and have been featured in scores of films and television shows. Not only did the
Shirelles help launch the careers of songwriters Carole King, Burt Bacharach, Ashford and Simpson and Van McCoy, they were among the first women to write their own music.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner program, entertainment and dancing. Black tie is preferred. For more information, please contact Lucille O’Connor at (201) 684-7613.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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