In the 1950s, The British Schools and Universities Foundation
was envisioned by a dedicated group led by Thomas E. Ward, Sr.
After overcoming many obstacles, BSUF became a Membership
Corporation, pursuant to the laws of the State of New York, on
May 1, 1961.
On April 27, 1964, an Internal Revenue Service exemption
certificate was granted through the persistent efforts of Mr.
Ward, Justice Frederic R. Sanborn, and Attorney/CPA Andrew
During its formative years, BSUF benefited greatly from the
guidance it received from its early Directors.
Sydney C. Waldecker, General
Counsel and Chairman of the Executive Committee, led the
Foundation through its earliest years, setting the standards by
which BSUF operates today. Bruce F. E. Harvey played a key role
as a versatile and tireless executive officer.
John F. Rich, Honorary
Secretary, provided many valuable ideas and suggestions. Lionel
A. deCastro provided much-needed financial expertise as the
first Honorary Treasurer. Both Arthur Grundy and A. Denys
Cadman, Vice Presidents, contributed greatly through their
The work of the founders was advanced further by Tom Ward, Jr.,
President from 1988 through 1991 and Chairman from 1992 through
1997, who still serves as an Honorary Director. With skillful
guidance and inspiration from Tom Ward and Alan Root, his
successor as President and Chairman, BSUF enjoyed many years of
sustained growth and improved efficiency of operations.
Messrs. Ward and Root were
succeeded by Scott Bushey and David Lipson, respectively, who
emphasized computer-based, “user-friendly” administration and
more interaction with other organizations promoting
Dr. Roger H. Martin brings his
broad experience as a college president, senior administrator
and fund-raiser to his current role as President of the
In 1969, the Directors established the Thomas E. Ward Fund in
memory of their first Chairman for inspiring and bringing about
the formation of BSUF. Arthur Grundy was instrumental in
securing the bequest that became the Richard A. and Kathleen B.
May Memorial Fund in 1984.
A bequest from former Chairman
Emeritus Alan C. Root in 2006 made possible the creation of a
third memorial fund to be used for scholarship grants to U.K.
scholars whose studies or research can only be pursued here in
ALBERT H. GORDON (1901-2009)
Among the most respected and inspiring of Wall
Street’s business leaders for more than half a century, Al
Gordon also served as a BSUF Director for 33 years.
After earning his Harvard MBA in 1925, he played a
dominant role in restoring the iconic investment banking firm of
Kidder, Peabody from bankruptcy to a position of industry
Known for his exemplary lifestyle, integrity and
philanthropic activity, Al was an intellectually keen and very
generous contributor to the success of this Foundation.
He was elected a Life Fellow of the BSUF in 2004.
We deeply regret to report his recent demise at the age
THOMAS E. WARD, Jr. (1925-2013)
worked at the Mene Grande Oil.Co., Standard Oil of California
and for most of his career he was president of Oilfield
Equipment Co., NYC. He traveled in the U.S. and
abroad through work. He was also the U.S. Representative for the
Eastern & General Syndicate, London,
and assistant to the President of the Gas Co. of Vermont.
had a long affiliation with the British Schools & Universities
Foundation, which supports British schools and universities and
the academic work of British and U.S.
scholars, holding offices over the years as Secretary,
President, and Chairman.
DENIS B. WOODFIELD (1933-2013)
After military service Denis was
employed by the Chase Manhattan Bank. Three years later, he went
to work for General Electric followed by six years with Pan
American World Airways as their director of Cash and Banking.
Moving to Princeton, New Jersey, Denis joined Johnson & Johnson,
where he then spent the next twenty years in various financial
functions, including as Assistant Treasurer for Cash and
Denis kept up his academic interests throughout his life. He
published four books and
for many years was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the
British Schools and Universities Foundation. One of his proudest
accomplishments was being elected an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln
college, Oxford University, in 2012.