Skip to content

Lovejoy Library to honor President Lazerson for book collection

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Library and Information Services invites the public to a reception honoring Dr. Earl Lazerson’s donation of his expansive collection of mathematics books to SIUE and generous planned gift establishing the Lazerson Mathematical Symposium.

lazerson earl squareThe President Earl Lazerson Collection includes more than 2,000 books, comprising mathematics-focused materials that Lazerson collected for more than 65 years.

“Many of these resources are rare or out of print,” said Lydia Jackson, interim dean of LIS. “The collection serves as a valuable academic resource to faculty, staff and students. The collection has been designated a special collection and is housed in University Archives and Special Collections in Lovejoy Library.”

The reception will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in The Friends Corner of Lovejoy Library. Refreshments will be served, and Lazerson invites conversation and comradery.

During the reception, the university will present Lazerson with a commemorative photo and proclamation. SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook will offer remarks.

Lazerson is the institution’s longest-serving president. During his tenure at SIUE, Lazerson was honored with the Teaching Excellence Award, the most prestigious teaching award for a SIUE faculty member. Among his most memorable achievements as president were transitioning the SIUE campus from a quarter to a semester system and consolidating various schools into what is now known as the College of Arts and Sciences.

Additionally, he presided over the construction of several major buildings, including the Vadalabene Center, the Student Fitness Center, the dental clinic at the SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton, the university’s first 500-student residence hall, and the Art and Design Building.

For more information, contact Jeff Brown at or (618) 650-2714.

— The Illinois Business Journal

Leave a Comment