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Carlotta (Cary) Eisen

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To Athens with love, from the Big Apple

OHIO alumna establishes scholarship fund in the College of Arts and Sciences


Having grown up in New York City, Carlotta (Cary) Eisen decided to switch her daily scenery in a big way when making the decision about where to go to college. During her first visit to Athens, she fell in love with Ohio University's campus and the quaint brick streets of this small but vibrant college town.

Now a seasoned professional, Eisen signified her strong attachment to her alma mater by establishing the Carlotta Eisen Scholarship Fund bequest to support the College of Arts and Sciences. Eisen said she felt called to establish the bequest.

“What else could I do? I know some students don’t have the means to go to college. It was my calling (to establish the bequest),” Eisen said.

After graduating in 1961 with a degree in biological science, Eisen returned to New York City to pursue a career in clinical biochemistry. Her first job was at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, New York. She left there and took a position at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City. She currently manages the Clinical Chemistry Department for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, also in New York City, a position she’s held since 1967.

Eisen credits Athens’ small city environment and friendly faces for providing an enriching atmosphere in which to learn. The most valuable lesson she learned as an undergraduate is to do something you love, she said.

“It was a really special time for me, making lifelong friends and growing into an individual. And I chose to stay connected to the University by giving yearly donations,” Eisen said.

As a single woman without children of her own, giving to OHIO students holds meaning for Eisen.

“My parents always told me that the most important thing to give your children is an education, which is exactly what I wanted to give to others," she said.

Eisen’s philanthropy also extends to the arts. She gives passionately to the Humane Society, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, The New York Philharmonic, and other museums in New York. As a New Yorker and a strong advocate for arts and music, she chose to give to arts organizations that represented a good fit for her, she said.

Her advice for students is to pursue a career that you truly enjoy and to “take advantage of being at the right place at the right time.”

Eisen has given to the Carlotta Eisen Scholarship Fund during Ohio University’s The Promise Lives Campaign, which has raised $407 million toward its goal of securing $450 million by 2015 in support of students, faculty, programs, facilities and community partnerships. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/campaign.

To learn more about establishing a bequest for the Ohio University Foundation, or to learn more about including Ohio University in your estate plans, contact Kelli Kotowski, Executive Director of Development at Ohio University at (740) 597-1819, kotowskk@ohio.edu or visit www.ohiolegacy.org.