In 2001 Myer S. Berlow ’72 and Caroline Coty Sidnam ’74 created the Donald L. Rogan Professorship to recognize the professor emeritus of religion for the important role he played in student lives for more than thirty years.
If all endowed chairs honoring faculty members are moving testimony to the ways in which Kenyon’s finest teachers change for the better their students’ lives, this chair honoring Donald Rogan is especially moving and deserved, said former President Robert A. Oden Jr. in announcing the endowment. We are now able to honor Don because of the signal generosity shown by Myer and Coty, two of his former students whose time at the College and beyond has been immeasurably enriched because of Don’s gifts to them. To Myer and Coty, and to Don, we owe a debt of gratitude that will endure for decades to come.
As a student at Kenyon, Berlow majored in political science and religion. Among his many contributions to campus life was a two-day symposium he organized on Drugs and the College Student, which also involved Rogan. Active in drama, publications, and student government, Berlow served as editor of Reveille in his junior year. Following graduation, Berlow entered the field of advertising, followed by a career path of executive leadership roles in sales and marketing.
Sidnam spent two years at Kenyon, where she was a religion major, before transferring to Sarah Lawrence College, where she received her bachelor’s degree. After working for the renowned architect Peter Eisenman, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cooper Union. Sidnam founded her own New York City architectural firm, with a practice devoted to residential construction and renovation as well as commercial interiors.