William P. Kelly

William P. Kelly is the President of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, a position he has held since 2005.  For the previous seven years, he served as the Graduate Center’s Provost, a tenure marked by the recruitment of a remarkable cadre of internationally renowned scholars to the school’s faculty. During that time he was also executive director of the CUNY/Paris Exchange Program; the French Ministry of Education named him Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Academiques in recognition of his contributions to that program. Dr. Kelly joined the faculty of CUNY’s Queens College in 1976 and was named Queens College’s Golden Key Honor Society Teacher of the Year in 1994.  He concurrently held a faculty appointment in the Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program in English, from 1986 to 1998, serving as the program’s executive officer from 1996 to 1998.  A distinguished American literature scholar and an expert on James Fenimore Cooper, Dr. Kelly edited the Oxford University Press edition of The Pathfinder, as well as the Random House edition of The Selected Works of Washington Irving.  He is the author of Plotting America’s Past: Fenimore Cooper and The Leatherstocking Tales; his numerous articles and reviews have appeared in, among other venues, TLS, The New York Times Book Review, and The American Scholar. He joined the Foundation's board of trustees in 2011, and was elected its chairman in 2013.

Joseph A. Rice

Joseph A. Rice was formerly Chairman and CEO of Irving Bank Corporation and its principal subsidiary, Irving Trust Company.  He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1948, and earned a Master of Industrial Engineering at New York University's School of Engineering in 1952 and an M.A. in Government at NYU's Graduate School of Arts and Science and has served as its first chair.  He received the Alumni Meritorious Service Award from the NYU Alumni Association Awards Committee for his years of service on the Faculty of Arts and Science Board of Overseers.  He is a trustee of Blanton-Peale Institute and of Historic Hudson Valley, where he serves as vice chairman of the board. He has also served on numerous corporate boards, including Apache Corporation, Avon Products Corporation, North American Philips Corporation, and Thiokol Corporation.  A trustee of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation beginning in 1985 and chairman of the board of trustees from 1997 to 2013, he became chairman emeritus in 2013.

Edward Hirsch

Edward Hirsch is a poet and critic.  He has published eight books of poems: For the Sleepwalkers (1981), Wild Gratitude (1986), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Night Parade (1989), Earthly Measures (1994), On Love (1998), Lay Back the Darkness (2003), Special Orders (2008), and The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems (2010).  He has also written four prose books: the bestseller How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999), Responsive Reading (1999), The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration (2002), and Poet's Choice (2006). He is the editor of Transforming Vision: Writers on Art (1994) and ofTheodore Roethke's Selected Poems (2005).  He is also the co-editor of A William Maxwell Portrait: Memories and Appreciations (2004) and The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology (2008), and he edits the series The Writer's World (Trinity University Press).  He has received the Prix de Rome, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, and a MacArthur Fellowship.  He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry in 1985.  Since 2002, he has served as a trustee of the Foundation, and in 2003 he became the fourth President.

Joel Conarroe

Joel Conarroe was president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation from 1985 through 2002.  The author of books and articles about American literature and editor of anthologies of poetry, he previously served as Chair of the English Department, University Ombudsman, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition to serving, for five years, as executive director of the Modern Language Association and editor of PMLA, he has chaired the National Book Awards, and is a former president of the PEN American Center.  The recipient of honorary degrees from several institutions, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in American literature in 1977 and has been a trustee of the Foundation since 1985.

Robert A. Caro

For his biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, Robert A. Caro has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Nonfiction Book of the year, and has also won virtually every other major literary honor, including the National Book Award, the Gold Medal in Biography from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that Best "exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist."  His first book, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the hundred greatest nonfiction books of the twentieth century.  The three volumes of The Years of Lyndon Johnson have been hailed as one of the greatest political biographies ever written.  He was graduated from Princeton University and later became a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.  He lives in New York City with his wife, Ina, a historian and writer.  He has been a trustee of the Foundation since 2006.

Dorothy Tapper Goldman

Dorothy Tapper Goldman is president of the Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation, which has funded annually a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies since 2007.  She holds an M.S. degree in Education from the Massachusetts College of Art and a B.S. degree in the same field from Tufts University.  She has served as a tenured professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, where she taught in the departments of Interior Design and Architecture.  Ms. Goldman is an avid collector of rare and important printed Americana, from the Revolutionary era through the framing of the Constitution, as well as fine Chinese porcelain, furniture, paintings, sculpture, and Native American baskets.

She holds many private and society memberships, including in The American Antiquarian Society, The American Philosophical Society, The Grolier Club, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Asia Society, and The Jewish Theological Seminary.  In addition, she is a board member of The Manuscript Society, the Vice President and a member of the board of The Supreme Court Historical Society, and a former board member of the National Constitution Center.

Since 2003, Ms. Goldman has served as chair of the library advisory board of the Jewish Theological Seminary.  As her own exposure to and fascination with the magnificent and varied collection at the library deepened, she became more and more determined to find a way to share these amazing Judaic resources with the public.  After a great deal of discussion, the board of trustees, under her direction, initiated a touring exhibition program that showcased the library’s treasures in facsimile, thereby allowing wider access to its resources without risk of loss or damage to the actual priceless articles.  These remarkably successful exhibitions and her establishment of a lending program with the Metropolitan Museum of Art have been the hallmarks of her board chairmanship at JTS.

Michael Hegarty

Michael Hegarty is director of Strongwood Insurance Holdings and serves as an advisor to Madison Marquette, a privately held real estate investment and management company, and as a trustee of the MFS Funds, a $100 billion mutual fund complex.  Formerly Vice Chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank, he was also Vice Chairman of Chemical Banking Corporation and Senior Executive Vice President of Manufacturers Hanover Trust.  From 1997 to 2001, he was Senior Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of AXA Financial, in which capacity he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States.  He is chairman of Historic Hudson Valley and a trustee of Marymount University. From 1991 to 2002, he was a trustee of Iona College and chairman of HeartShare Human Services.  An infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, he continues his service as a trustee of the Marine Corps Association.  A graduate of Iona College, he and his wife Anita have three sons.  He has been a trustee of the Foundation since 2001.

Dwight E. Lee

Dwight E. Lee is a partner of Gagnon Securities LLC, an investment management and brokerage firm based in New York. His long investment career includes the founding with several partners in 1973 of First Arbitrage Management Company, a New York Stock Exchange member firm specializing in convertible securities, arbitrage, and venture capital on behalf of institutional and individual clients. In 1980 he joined Robert R. Barker & Co. (later Barker, Lee & Co.) a family investment office, eventually becoming Managing Partner. In 1985 he and Mr. Barker formed Upland Associates to manage funds for other families. In 2000, he restructured his firm and Upland became his principal investment vehicle. In 2005 Mr. Lee became a Partner in Gagnon Securities and continues as the Managing Partner of Upland Associates L.P. He is currently Chairman of the board of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers (The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards), a Director of the Political Economy Research Center (known as PERC, an environmental think tank) and on the investment committee of The Jackson Laboratory. In the past, he has served on the Board of Governing Trustees of The Jackson Laboratory, as a Director and Treasurer of the New York Nature Conservancy and a member of the Visiting Committee, Actors Studio Drama School at The New School University. He has served on the board of directors of a number of companies including The Foothill Group, Lyons & Burford Publishers, Research Frontiers, Cross Z International and McGinnis & Associates. He graduated from Columbia College in 1969 and the Columbia School of Business in 1972.

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates, the author most recently of the novels The Gravedigger's Daughter and Black Girl, White Girl, is a recipient of the National Book Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Distinguished Service in Literature, and other literary honors.  She is one of our country's leading fiction writers.  In addition, she is also a distinguished poet, playwright, and essayist who has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.  At Princeton University, she holds the Roger S. Berlind 52 Professorship in the Humanities and is a Professor of Creative Writing in the University Center for Creative and Performing Arts.  She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction in 1968 and has been a trustee of the Foundation since 1997.

Richard A. Rifkind

Richard A. Rifkind, M.D., was Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research from 1984 to 2000 and is now its chairman emeritus.  Previously, Dr. Rifkind served as Professor of Medicine and of Human Genetics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he led a broad revision of the medical school curriculum designed to increase the students' understanding of the scientific and research bases that underlay the practice of medicine.  As Lila Acheson Wallace Member of Sloan-Kettering Institute, he headed a research laboratory focused on the control of gene expression during cellular differentiation, and he has authored some 250 scientific papers, culminating in the development of a new and potent anti-cancer therapeutic agent approved by the FDA and marketed by Merck.  Since 2003, he has produced and directed the film documentary The Venetian Dilemma, broadcast and shown in theaters both nationally and internationally, and he is now at work on another documentary, The Lab. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in medicine and health in 1965 and has been a trustee of the Foundation since 1991.

Stacy Schiff

Biographer Stacy Schiff won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov). She is the author as well of Saint-Exupéry, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, awarded the George Washington Book Prize. Her most recent book, Cleopatra: A Life, was published to ecstatic reviews in 2010. Praised for her meticulous scholarship and her witty style, Schiff has contributed frequently to The New York Times op-ed page and Book Review. A fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, she was the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a 2011 Library Lion of the New York Public Library. Schiff is a graduate of Williams College, from which she holds an honorary doctorate. A 1996 Guggenheim Fellow, she joined the Foundation’s board in 2013. Photograph by Elena Seibert.

Charles P. Stevenson Jr.

Charles P. Stevenson Jr. was graduated magna cum laude from Yale College in 1969.  He is currently the president of Navigator Group, Inc., a private investment firm.  Serving as the chairman of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation's Finance Committee, he is also chair of the board of trustees of Bard College where two professorships, the gymnasium, and main library are named in his honor.  An ardent environmentalist with an interest in habitat restoration for ocean-swimming salmon, which are endangered by dams on the Lower Snake River, he owns and operates the Middle Fork Lodge in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area in Idaho.  His residence is in Southampton, New York, and he is married to Alex Kuczynski, a writer for the New York Times.  He has been a trustee of the Foundation since 1994.

Waddell W. Stillman

Waddell W. Stillman is President of Historic Hudson Valley, a nonprofit network of six National Historic Landmark sites along the Hudson River, and serves in various leadership roles promoting natural and historic resource protection and heritage tourism in the Hudson River Valley.  He was appointed by New York Governor George Pataki to help plan what has become the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, and he serves on the management committee of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.  Before becoming its President, he served as Historic Hudson Valley's director of finance and administration, CFO, and COO.  He is also chairman of the board of trustees of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.  He is married to Yale classmate Kristina W. Stillman.  They live with their school-age daughter and son in New York City. He earned a B.A. in American Studies at Yale in 1983 and an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1988.  From 1988 to 1992, he worked for Anderson Consulting (now Accenture) in New York City.  He has been a trustee of the Foundation since 2006.

Patrick J. Waide Jr.

From 1960 to 1989, Patrick J. Waide Jr. was associated with Deloitte Haskins & Sell (predecessor of the firm Deloitte & Touche).  At the time of his resignation from that firm to join a client organization, he was Vice Chairman and a Senior Partner.  Subsequently, he was Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration of the Bessemer Securities Corporation.  Actively involved in the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management since its inception in 1991, Mr. Waide served as its President and CEO in 1998 and 1999.  He currently serves as a director of the Mutual of America Insitutional Funds and the Mutual of America Investment Corporation. His nonprofit service includes director of the National Catholic Reporter Publishing Company and  President of the Advisory Board for the Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence for the aged poor in New York City.  A Certified Public Accountant, he received an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School at the University of Pennsylvania.  His undergraduate degree is from Fairfield University.  He has been a trustee of the Foundation since 2002.

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

Composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich won the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1983 (the first woman ever to do so) for her Symphony No. 1.  Among her many other awards and distinctions, she has been elected to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She was also awarded the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Chamber Music Prize and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  In 1995 she was named to first Composer's Chair in the history of Carnegie Hall, and Musical America named her Composer of the Year in 1999.  She holds the Francis Eppes Distinguished Professorship at Florida State University.  In addition to her earned doctorate from the Juilliard School, she has received honorary doctorates from Oberlin, Manhattanville College, the Mannes College and New School, and Michigan State University.  She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition in 1980 and has been a trustee of the Foundation since 1997.

Our History

The Foundation was established in 1925 by former United States Senator and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, in memory of seventeen-year-old John Simon Guggenheim, the elder of their two sons, who died April 26, 1922. 

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