Eleanor Friedl Honored with Pillar Award

TEANECK, N.J. (Sept. 24, 2009) — Eleanor Friedl was honored by Fairleigh Dickinson University as a “Pillar” of the campus community at the University’s annual Academic Convocation on Sept. 23.


Friedl is a reference librarian at FDU’s College at Florham in Madison, N.J. She is the curator of special collections and exhibitions, and selector of print resources in the humanities and social sciences.


The Pillar Award recognizes exceptional individuals within the University who have made extraordinary contributions to the character and quality of the institution, its community and its cultures.


“You are often described as a walking repository of knowledge about Fairleigh Dickinson University, a ‘keeper of the flame’ of traditions that define us,” said College at Florham Provost Kenneth Greene in presenting the award. “In a moment’s notice, you can bring to life the storied past that marked the days of the Twombly Estate. Your custodianship of the Florham archives and your participation with the Friends of Florham help preserve the estate’s history for future generations of FDU students.”


(The Twombly Estate, part of which was purchased by FDU to become the College at Florham, was the 19th-century property of Florence Vanderbilt and her husband, Hamilton McKown Twombly.)


Friedl has curated more than 25 exhibitions since 1995. In developing and curating the Kahn Collection in the History of Photography and Film, for example, she has brought its holdings to the attention of institutions and researchers near and far. Friedl is sought after by students and faculty for research assistance, and she is an active supporter of students’ and faculty programs and events on campus.  


Friedl has a bachelor’s degree in French language and literature from the University of Miami (Florida) and a master’s degree in library science from Rutgers University. She is a resident of Randolph Township, N.J.



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