Pictured (sitting left to right): Rowan College Foundation at Gloucester County President Dr. Geraldine S. Martin, Mrs. Jeannine Hamburg and daughter, Karen Hamburg; (standing left to right): Vice President of Academic Services Dr. Linda Hurlburt and Dean of Business Studies Patricia Claghorn.
Deptford Twp. – Late professor Edward Hamburg was known for his dedication to helping his students at Gloucester County College (GCC) (now Rowan College at Gloucester County, RCGC) — a commitment that will endure into the future, thanks to the Edward Hamburg Memorial Business Endowment Scholarship Fund his family recently established.
Growing up working in his parents’ store in Paulsboro, Hamburg earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and continued managing his parents’ store. He later moved on to E.J. Korvette, a retail chain.
Eager to share his knowledge and experience, Hamburg eventually turned to teaching. He earned a master’s degree in education from Rutgers University and began teaching at GCC.
Hamburg was committed to helping students build a strong foundation in business, particularly in marketing. “Ed was always interested in commercials and had his students watch commercials and critique them,” said his wife, Mrs. Jeannine Hamburg.
Hamburg’s interest in his students extended beyond the classroom. Therefore, he served as chairman of the College’s Award and Scholarship Committee. Because of his dedication, Barnes and Noble named an annual scholarship after him.
When the esteemed educator retired in 2000, he received the title of professor emeritus and continued to teach at GCC as an adjunct professor.
“Even after he retired, he continued to serve on the scholarship committee,” Mrs. Hamburg said. “He was very interested in his students and Gloucester County College — now Rowan College.”
After his passing in April 2015, the College’s Foundation received an outpouring of donations in his memory. To continue his legacy, Mrs. Hamburg and their children, Karen and Jeffrey, established the endowment scholarship fund, which will provide a minimum of $250 annually to a first- or second-year full-time business student, with a preference for either marketing and management or business administration majors.
Mrs. Hamburg believes her husband would be pleased with the endowment. “He was so dedicated to his students and the College, I think he would be honored that his name be perpetuated through the endowment in future years to come,” she said.
“How exciting this is for the Hamburg family to remember Ed in such a gracious, loving way,” added RCGC Foundation President Dr. Geraldine S. Martin.
Rowan College at Gloucester County is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.