The Enduring Legacy of Laura Minerva Korman ’89, ’95M

By Daniel DiPrinzio | June 22, 2022
Interior of Grey Towers Castle at Arcadia University

Grey Towers Castle has long stood as a beloved symbol of Arcadia University. Now, one of its rooms that has epitomized elegance for generations bears the name of one of the University’s most dedicated alumni and trustees, Laura Minerva Korman ‘89, ‘95MEd (1967–2017). 

Formerly the Castle Mirror Room, the Laura Minerva Korman Mirror Room commemorates her love of the Castle, passion for Arcadia, and deep commitment to our students. To honor his wife, James Korman P’24,  P’24 not only established the Laura M. Korman Fund to support the room’s restoration in perpetuity, but also permanently associated her name with her alma mater in a place she loved the most. 

On November 1, 2021, in the presence of Korman family, friends, and University leaders, the Laura Minerva Korman Mirror Room was dedicated during an intimate celebration of Laura’s life and enduring bond with Arcadia. As a student and proud alumna, Laura’s leadership and support inspired the University community. Laura served on the Alumni Board of Directors, co-chaired the Class President’s Committee, engaged with prospective students as an alumni admissions representative, and organized Alumni Reunion events as co-president of her graduating class. She expanded scholarship opportunities, enhanced campus facilities, and strengthened the Preview program for Arcadia students. Korman received both the 2005 Golden Disc for Meritorious Service and the 2007 Mary Louise Armstrong Wolf Award for her efforts. Lastly, Laura served as Trustee of her beloved alma mater from 2008 to 2016. 

As family and friends gathered, Arcadia President  Dr. Ajay Nair, with Korman at his side, unveiled the new signage. “On college campuses, names abound,” said Nair. “Buildings and spaces tell powerful stories through their names. But this naming is particularly unique. This space and this Castle beautifully represent Arcadia and the legacy of Laura Korman.” 

Grey Towers Castle holds poignant memories for the Korman family. Married in the Castle on January 16, 1994, Laura and James had their first dance to Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky” steps from where the sign that bears her name now hangs. Nearly 28 years later, their love story continues as James is a proud Arcadia parent. 

In admiration of the Laura Minerva Korman Mirror Room sign, Korman shared, “Mirrors are a means by which you can reflect upon yourself and see how  you add to society, lifting people up. To me, the  Laura Minerva Korman Mirror Room is such a nice fit for Laura because it was so important to her. I am thrilled to  know that this room and her sign will be there forever.”