We have so many reasons to celebrate! This year we celebrated and honored the 60th anniversary of the Link Foundation and the 40th anniversary of the Summer Intern Program at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University (HBOI/FAU) with a special lecture and reception held at HBOI/FAU on March 6, 2013. As you know, the Link Foundation is a charitable trust that was established by Edwin A. and Marion C. Link in 1953, and through the generosity of our founders and friends such as you, the Foundation has awarded more than $13 million in grants to universities, colleges, and other charitable organizations in our founder’s areas of interest throughout the years.
Another wonderful reason to celebrate occurred on May 17, 2013 when Marilyn C. Link was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the State University of New York at Binghamton during their Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. The honorary degree citation, presented by President Harvey G. Stenger, read:
“Pioneering pilot, educator, philanthropist, and managing director of an oceanographic institute, your illustrious career has given you a breadth of experience and inspired generations of students at Binghamton University and other educational organizations. Through your commitment to the protection of the natural environment and generous support of research activity and scholarships, you have impacted the lives of countless individuals, and serve as a model citizen for our faculty, staff and students. For all of these accomplishments, as well as those to come, the State University of New York is proud to present you with the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.”
The Link Foundation Board of Trustees and Special Advisors believes that there could have been no finer steward of Ed and Marion’s resources, and their dream of what the Link Foundation would accomplish, than Ed Link’s sister, Marilyn Link. Her diligence, confidence, dedication, philanthropic support and, most of all, her love for the Link Foundation and its work, have guided the Foundation’s work through the years. The Link Foundation and those whom we support have greatly benefited through Marilyn’s guidance and efforts.
We invite you to learn more about the programs that the Link Foundation supports by navigating the Foundation’s website.
I hope that you will join us by seriously considering a charitable gift to the Link Foundation during our 60th anniversary year. Please know that your support, at any level, will help to build and strengthen the mission of the Link Foundation and will enable the Link Foundation to support future generations of scientists and engineers whose discoveries will contribute to the betterment of humankind.
Thomas F. Kelly, Ph.D.
Chair, Board of Trustees
The Link Foundation
c/o Binghamton University Foundation
PO Box 6005
ATTN: Martha J. Gahring