Fordham Law

Geraldine Ferraro Honored with Rose at Fordham Law

January 30, 2007

Former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro, '60, was honored at a ceremony on Monday, Jan. 29, at Fordham Law with a commemorative rose, sales of which will help fund research into multiple myeloma, a type of cancer Ferraro was diagnosed with in 1998.

The event featured comments from Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University; William Michael Treanor, dean of Fordham Law School; Representative Carollyn B. Maloney, Kathy Giusti, CEO of the Multiple Meyloma Research Foundation; Bill Ihle, executive vice president of corporate relations for Jackson & Perkins; and Ferraro. 

Treanor said Ferraro had long been a committed alumna of the Law School, and he was pleased the School could host the launch of the rose bearing her name. "The fact that she would pick this place, of all the places in her career, says so much about her and about her relationship to Fordham," Treanor said.

McShane called Ferraro a pioneer and trailblazer, and said "She made it possible for women to dream beyond the glass ceiling."

"If it weren't for the education I received here as a student and the relationship that has developed as an alum," Ferraro said, "I doubt seriously that I could have accomplished the things...which made me worthy of this distinction."

The Oregon firm Jackson & Perkins, which develops so-called "cause roses," will donate 10 percent of the net proceeds from sales of the Geraldine Ferraro Rose to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), the world's leading private funder of multiple myeloma research. MMRF was founded by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti, who is now the non-profit's CEO. Giusti and Ferraro were diagnosed with the disease and underwent treatment at the same time, and have worked together to raise funds for research and treatment for victims of multiple myeloma.

Ferraro praised Giusti and her work with MMRF, which has raised $70 million in the last 10 years, 93 percent of which has gone to research and education. The former congresswoman also called Jackson & Perkins a model of corporate responsibility.

Contact: Jennifer Spencer