Syracuse University has always held a special place in the heart of the Post Family. When Syracuse played, the family watched together. When Syracuse played close to home, the Post Family was there to cheer on the Orange.
Ben Z. Post ‘72 was the first of the family to attend Syracuse, arriving on campus in the Fall of 1968. He was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and a spirited member of the marching band. Upon graduating with a degree in accounting, Ben immediately married his life-long sweetheart, Amy (University of Cincinnati, 1972) and returned to his hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, to work for his family’s real estate development company.
Amy and Ben’s three children, Erica, Jay ’01 and Brian ’07, were raised in a home that was centered on family, school work and sports. The love for Syracuse Athletics was particularly apparent, especially in the heart of Buckeye Country. When it came time for their children to pick a college, Erica (Rabb) determined that the cold weather wasn’t for her and headed to Atlanta to study at Emory University (1997). However, the two boys had Orange in their blood and knew they wanted to follow in their father’s footsteps to study at SU and to later work with him expanding the footprint and success of the business.
Jay headed to Syracuse in the Fall of 1997. He was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and graduated with a degree in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises in 2001. While at Syracuse, he fell in love with his future wife, Nicole Sayewitz ’03 A&S.
Brian arrived at Syracuse University in 2003 and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He graduated with undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance in 2007 and successfully completed his masters in accounting in 2008.
Throughout their time at Syracuse, it was an exciting tradition for Brian to visit and stay with Jay (and later, vice versa) and take in football and basketball games at the Dome and celebrate a victory on Marshall Street.
Jay, Brian and Nicole were also participants in Syracuse University’s study abroad programs. Jay studied at the Syracuse University London Center during the Winter 2000 semester. In 2002, Nicole attended an SU abroad summer session that allowed access to leading companies throughout continental Europe. Brian spent the Spring 2006 semester at the Syracuse Campus in Madrid, Spain. He also attended a summer session in China in 2008. Looking back on their overall Syracuse experience, all agree that the chance provided by their parents to study internationally was not only a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but it was also a period in their life that helped to define them both personally and professionally.
Upon Amy’s untimely death in 2011, the Post and Rabb Family looked for ways to honor the life of their late wife and mother. Given the unique role that Syracuse University played for both generations, it was quickly determined by Ben, Erica, Jay and Brian that a memorial fund at SU be a part of Amy’s legacy. It would not be surprising if one or more of Amy’s grandchildren—Alec, Zach, Megan or Andrew…or the ones yet to come—attend SU in a decade or two!
The Amy Post Endowed Memorial Fund at Whitman was established in April 2012. The fund’s purpose is to reduce the financial burden of selected Whitman students pursuing the incredible experiences that SU Abroad’s international study programs offer. For information on donating to the fund, please contact Joanne Libertone Gocek, Whitman’s Senior Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: (top left) Nicole and Jay; (top right) Ben, Brian and Jay; (bottom left) Amy and Brian; (bottom right) Amy, Brian and Ben
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