The DeLamar Society

The DeLamar Society

The DeLamar Society recognizes the critical importance of donors making annual gifts of $500 or more to strengthen the mission of Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. The DeLamar Society exists to provide financial support to Columbia’s Mailman School through the development of a culture of leadership-level giving by all members of the Columbia Mailman community. The investment that DeLamar Society members make in public health research and education holds the promise of a healthier future. It has a tangible impact on the lives of people today and on the systems that will continue to shape health and create wellbeing for generations.


  • Invitations to seminars featuring leaders in the field discussing developments in research and in the field of public health

  • Updates from School leadership on public health initiatives and strategic plans, as well as news and updates from the School

  • Opportunities to meet scholarship recipients and hear about their successes and goals

  • Donors making gifts of $5,000 or more will have an opportunity to name a seat in the Auditorium located in the Allan Rosenfield Building.


  • DeLamar Council: $10,000 and above

  • DeLamar Circle: $5,000–$9,999

  • DeLamar Benefactor: $1,000–$4,999

  • DeLamar Partner: $500–$999

  • DeLamar Fellow (open to graduates of the last decade): $250–$499*


In 1922, the Joseph DeLamar Institute of Public Health, the precursor to today’s Mailman School of Public Health, was founded with a $3 million bequest from Joseph DeLamar (1843-1918), a Dutch born sea captain, industrialist, and champion of public health education. After the Institute’s upgrade to a standalone school in 1945, the DeLamar Professorship of Public Health was established, a chair currently held by Dean and DeLamar Professor Linda P. Fried.

For information on the DeLamar Society, please contact:

Kim Peters (
Senior Associate Director of Alumni Engagement
(212) 305 - 2115