David J. Breazzano '78, co-founder and principal of an investment management firm in Waltham, Mass., has made a $2 million gift to the College. In honor of the unrestricted gift, Orange House has been renamed Breazzano House, with an official dedication to be held ReUnion weekend, May 31-June 3.
“As one goes through life, it's clear you are defined by where you went to undergraduate school,” said Breazzano, a member of the College's Board of Trustees. “Everyone owes a substantial debt to their alma mater. My four years at Union were a critical part of my life, and I felt I needed to do something to repay that debt.”
At Union, Breazzano was president and treasurer of Phi Sigma Kappa and also got involved in intramural sports, radio station WRUC and the Interfraternity Council. He earned a B.A. in political science and economics, and an MBA in finance and accounting from Cornell University. He managed the Fidelity Capital & Income Fund and was chief investment officer of the T. Rowe Price Recovery Fund. In 1996, he and two partners founded DDJ Capital Management, which manages more than $3 billion on behalf of some 80 institutional clients.
Breazzano's previous support to Union includes presidential scholarships and the expansion of Schaffer Library.
“David is a longtime College friend, and we are extremely grateful for his generous support and leadership,” said President Stephen C. Ainlay. “He has given freely to his alma mater through the years, and we are proud to consider him a part of our family.”
Breazzano has three sons, including Jeremy, a senior assigned to Breazzano House.