Marilyn and Martin Blauer's son, David, who was a Ramapo College of New Jersey student majoring in law and society, died in a car accident the day before graduation in 1994. Their annual and planned gifts support the David Blauer Memorial Scholarship.
A dedicated student, David earned an overall grade point average of 3.38 and a 3.63 in his major. He worked much of the time he attended Ramapo College, which included an internship at the community service program at the Bergen County Department of Probation. "One of my favorite stories about David happened when he called me at my workplace and had almost talked me into giving a job to one of his clients before I realized it was my son on the telephone," remembers his mother, Marilyn.
In his sophomore year, David worked between 40 and 50 hours a week and still made the Dean's List. "Wow," his advisor wrote in David's folder that year, along with the fact that David intended to study criminal law. "He applied to several law schools,"Marilyn says. "As he received letters of acceptance from the different schools, he would call us to let us know and share the good news. I don't know who was more excited, David or us.
"He was a sociable person with good innate intelligence, leadership qualities and strong verbal skills," she continued. "We think that motivated his interest in law and the courtroom. David's experiences at Ramapo College grounded him and prepared him for law school.
"We set up the scholarship to memorialize David's good efforts. It is our hope that another student will continue David's intended path and do good work. It is also our personal way of preserving his memory."
Since its inception in 1996, 17 students have received the Blauer award.
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