The Sir Harold Acton Society honors New York University’s most prestigious circle of benefactors who have made gifts of one million dollars or more. The Acton Society, established in 1995, commemorates an extraordinary man whose legacy is a shining example of visionary leadership and worldwide impact. Sir Harold believed deeply in the importance of the world’s great universities and envisioned that La Pietra, his estate in Florence, Italy, would serve as a major center for cultural exchange and scholarship. In order to fulfill his vision, he bequeathed his beloved La Pietra and its priceless collections to New York University to benefit generations of students and scholars. By joining the Acton Society, today’s generous supporters follow Sir Harold’s example by upholding a tradition of the highest level of intellectual patronage.

We are excited to recognize and welcome our newest inductees into The Sir Harold Acton Society. Those listed below join over 600 members of the Acton Society who are making a collective impact to ensure NYU is able to advance its greatest priorities. We thank them for their generosity and dedication to educational excellence.

  • Antonio C. Alvarez II (STERN '76)
  • Ariburnu Family
  • The Joan F. and Donald E. Axinn Foundation
  • Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing
  • Sharon Chang (STEINHARDT '95, TSOA '98)
  • Dr. Richard Allen Chase
  • The George Family and Chloe N. George
  • Susan Gisser, MD (MED '69)
  • George J. Green
  • Lisa Yoo Hahn (LAW '89) and James Hahn
  • Andrew Hendry (LAW '72)
  • IDC Foundation
  • Mehdi and Najma Khimji
  • Helaine and Sid Lerner
  • The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation
  • Hailen Mak (MED '74)
  • Michael J. Napoliello, MD (MED '66)
  • The NASCAR Foundation
  • Ignacio Pakciarz (STERN '96)
  • Gabriela Perez-Rocchietti and Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor
  • QEV
  • Linda and Jim Robinson
  • Roger J. Schnetzer (HEIGHTS '54)
  • Barry F. Schwartz Family
  • Cristina and Domenico Siniscalco
  • Michiko and Tony Tandijono
  • Charlene Tang and Edward Fang
  • Richard Ming-Hsing Tsai (STERN '81)
  • White & Case LLP
  • Graeme Whitelaw
  • William J. Williams, Jr. (LAW '61)
  • Janet Booth Zide (LAW '87)

New members are inducted annually and are presented with an engraved medal acknowledging their outstanding leadership. In addition to the induction dinner, members of The Sir Harold Acton Society are recognized on The Sir Harold Acton Society digital donor wall located in the NYU Center for Academic and Spiritual Life on Washington Square in New York City and receive special invitations to University events around the world.

Sir Harold Acton Society Members


List as of May 5, 2022


Portrait of Sir Harold Acton