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DelVal library renovation gets a $1.2M boost


Delaware Valley University recently received a $1.2 million gift from The Daniel Tanner Foundation Inc. to support renovations of the school’s Krauskopf Memorial Library.

Dr. Daniel Tanner, who passed away in September at the age of 97, is a 1946 alumnus of the National Farm School (now Delaware Valley University) and served as a DelVal trustee from 1981 to 1995.

This year the Krauskopf Memorial Library will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The library is the heart of the campus and a focal point for students, school officials said in a statement.

“This donation from Dr. Tanner will allow us to make much-needed improvements and renovations to our library in time for its centennial celebration,” said DelVal President Dr. Benjamin Rusiloski.

The Foundation’s gift will allow DelVal to modernize the space with an updated layout, flooring, lighting, furniture and technology.

The library renovations are part of the university’s ongoing work to enhance spaces across campus, and will make an impactful difference to the DelVal community, officials said.

Of the library’s namesake, Rusiloski said, “Rabbi Krauskopf was committed to providing current and accessible learning opportunities for our students. This generous contribution gives us the opportunity to do just that.”

After graduating from the National Farm School, Tanner went on to earn degrees from Michigan State University and Ohio State University and to serve on the faculties of Purdue and Northwestern universities.

Over the course of his career, he authored more than a dozen books on education and numerous articles in professional journals.

Using investments from his book royalties, Tanner established his foundation in 2010 to support hands-on curriculum programs, publications, national conferences, and research grants.

“We are pleased to support the renovation of the Krauskopf Memorial Library at Delaware Valley University,” said Tatyana Podstrelova, president of The Daniel Tanner Foundation Inc. “Dr. Tanner was very involved with the details of this donation prior to his passing, as he was focused on providing students with the best possible learning tools and environment. Education was his passion.”

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