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Ervin F. Bickley Jr. ’42

Ervin Felton Bickley Jr. ’42 was devoted to his family, to his profession and to his alma mater, and never one to sit on the sidelines.

He was a graduate of Drexel University’s College of Engineering with a BS in chemical engineering, but his undergraduate activities extended well beyond his studies. While at Drexel, he was member of The American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Interfraternity Council, Blue Key, Scabbard and Blade. In addition, he was exchange editor of The Lexerd and played Varsity Football.

After studying at Drexel, he remained invested in the University. Mr. Bickley served as a member of Drexel’s Board of Trustees from 1977 to 1992, and was named Trustee Emeritus in 1992. That same year, the University celebrated its centennial, launching the Drexel 100 to recognize those alumni who bring significant honor to the institution. Mr. Bickley was one of the first inductees into the newly established hall of fame.

During his career, Mr. Bickley held leadership positions at Coates Board and Carton, International Paper Company, E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, New England Envelope Manufacturing Company and many others. He was the co-founder and president of the Citizens Continuing Committee on Conservation and he also chaired the New Canaan Bicentennial Committee, and served on several boards.

He was devoted to the traditions of his family, and traced his lineage back several hundred years, traveling with his wife, Edith Mitchell Bickley, to Singapore to visit the Kampong Kapor Methodist Church, which honored his grandfather, Bishop George Harvey Bickley. He had three daughters, Lynn, Ann and Jean, five grandsons and three great grandchildren.

Mr. Bickley will be deeply missed for his sense of humor and judicious demeanor. He was well known to be an honorable man, putting the interests of those he knew before his own. The University and his family and friends will cherish the time they spent with this extraordinary man.


Edmund D. Bossone ’48 ’53 HD ’07

Edmund D. Bossone ’48 ’53 HD ’07 and his wife, Kathleen (Kay), displayed a level of philanthropic leadership that is uncommon. They gave tirelessly of themselves to benefit the University that Mr. Bossone held so dear. The Bossones’ generosity enhanced Drexel’s students’ experience by supporting innovative advancements to our campus, including establishing Drexel’s Bossone Center and contributing to the state-of-the-art URBN Center at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

Mr. Bossone was a graduate of the former Drexel Evening College, which became the Goodwin College of Professional Studies in 1997. In 2007, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree to acknowledge his exceptional contributions to Drexel, and was named to the Drexel 100, the University’s alumni hall of fame. In 2009, he was inducted into the College of Engineering’s Alumni Circle of Distinction.

Mr. Bossone worked as an engineer with Philadelphia Electric Company while also developing real estate. He served as an engineer officer in the ninth Air Force fighting group during World War II, seeing combat in numerous battles including the Normandy invasion. In addition to engineering, he was an advocate of the arts, serving as director of the Academy of Vocal Arts. He had two children, Richard and Gail, as well as two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Those fortunate enough to have known him understood Mr. Bossone to be the consummate positive thinker who possessed a deeply generous heart and a passion for innovation. He tirelessly served the University, his community and his country and will be deeply missed by all who were touched by his kindness.

Lois W. Krall

All who knew her loved Lois W. Krall and her compassion for Drexel, dedication to family and the graciousness she showed throughout her communities. Her warm smile and beautiful spirit enhanced the lives of many, as she lived her life with a natural elegance and grace. She exhibited all of these qualities in her relationship with Drexel University.

While not an alumna herself, she was dedicated to the institution and enjoyed the many students she met. Mrs. Krall was introduced to the University through her husband, alumnus and Emeritus Trustee, George F. Krall Jr. ’58 HD ’14. She shared her husband’s commitment to giving back to the University financially. Together they have given to Drexel for over 40 years, supporting a wide range of areas across campus. Among them are Drexel Athletics and Crew (the championship-winning varsity eight rowing team’s boat bears the Lois Krall name); the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design’s Philadelphia Fashion Hall of Fame; and the George and Lois Krall Executive Center. Now located in the new Geri C. LeBow Hall, The Krall Center houses the Executive MBA degree program, which was Drexel’s first nationally ranked program.

Mrs. Krall’s involvement in her husband’s career and his alma mater are just two examples of her passion for her family. In addition to being a devoted mother and grandmother, she was an outstanding volunteer leader in her own right. Among her many activities, she was president of the Agnes Irwin School Parents Council and served as a trustee, active in the Haverford School Parents’ Association, a parent director at Trinity College and Yale University and a supporter of the Upland Country Day School. Additionally, Mrs. Krall’s interests and deep fondness ranged from nature, flower arranging and orchids, to reading and puzzles, to the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Drexel is honored that her legacy will continue through the lives she touched at the University and her generosity.

Randolph H. Waterfield Jr., CPA ’55

When Randolph “Randy” H. Waterfield Jr. CPA ’55 passed away in April 2014, his wife, Betty, lost her partner of 58 years; his two children and three grandchildren a devoted father and grandfather; and his community – including Drexel University – a committed friend.

Mr. Waterfield dedicated much of his time and energy to the growth and development of Drexel University during his lifetime, giving back to the institution that helped launch his career. He majored in business administration at what is now the Bennett S. LeBow College of Business, and a co-op experience with Ernst & Young as an undergraduate led to a full-time job with the company that spanned many years. His time with Ernst & Young was interrupted from 1956 through 1959 as he was called to active duty as an officer in the Naval Reserve, but he was able to return and ascend to senior partner
before retiring in 1990.

Mr. Waterfield’s connections to Drexel grew after his retirement. He served as chair of the Board of Governors of the Drexel General Alumni Association, also becoming Governor Emeritus, and was a proud member of the Sports Fans of the 50s. He also served as president of the Bennett S. LeBow College of Business Alumni Association, a member of LeBow’s Dean’s Advisory Council and a part-time faculty member. In 1998, he became a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, maintaining that role until 2004. He also served as a trustee with Drexel’s College of Medicine. In 2007, Mr. Waterfield was elected Emeritus Trustee of Drexel University and he served on Drexel’s Board of Visitors from 2010 until his passing.

Mr. Waterfield and his wife, who passed away in September 2014, were generous benefactors of Drexel University. In 1991, they established the Randolph H. Waterfield, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund in the Bennett S. LeBow College of Business, which has provided financial assistance to over 70 students. In 1992, on the University’s centennial, Mr. Waterfield was inducted into the Drexel 100, the alumni hall of fame.

Mr. Waterfield’s leadership and commitment to the University serve as an inspiration not only to those who are fortunate to have known him, but to future generations of Drexel students who will have the opportunity to build their own careers and lives because of his philanthropy.

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