Actress/Alumna and Husband give $1 million to Lake Erie College
Deborah Goodrich Royce and Charles M. Royce of Greenwich, Conn. have contributed $1 million to Lake Erie College. In recognition of this gift and others provided in recent years by the Royces, the College plans to dedicate the fine arts building in their honor this fall.
“We are pleased to be the recipients of this significant gift from the Royces during these challenging economic times,” said President Michael Victor. “Deborah is a tremendous example of Lake Erie College’s successful alumni. She is an accomplished actress and story editor in the television and film industries. Deborah and Chuck are two of the most civic-minded and philanthropic individuals I have ever met. We look forward to linking their names to our outstanding fine arts program and facilities.”
Deborah Goodrich Royce received her bachelor of arts degree summa cum laude from Lake Erie College in 1980 with a major in modern foreign languages and a minor in dance. Deborah worked for 10 years as an actress in film and television, starring in the ABC soap opera All My Children, feature films April Fool’s Day and Just One of the Guys and television movies Return to Peyton Place, The Deliberate Stranger and Liberace. She also appeared in various roles in several popular television series including Beverly Hills 90210. After the birth of her daughters, Alexandra and Tess, Deborah became story editor at Miramax films, working on the development of such films as Emma, Chicago and The English Patient.
In 2003, Deborah and Chuck, CEO of the Royce Funds, co-founded and restored the Avon Theatre Film Center, a 1939 landmark in Stamford, Connecticut, dedicated to classic and independent films. At the Avon, Deborah and Chuck host an ongoing series in which famous film directors, writers and actors appear to talk about their work. Deborah also serves on the board of directors of the Historical Society and the YWCA, both of Greenwich. Deborah received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Lake Erie College in 2008 in recognition of her service to the College, her professional accomplishments and her civic activities.
“The Royces have been outstanding friends of Lake Erie College and supporters of President Victor’s vision for the future,” said Scott Evans, vice president for institutional advancement.
“With this gift, donors have provided approximately $22 million over the last three and half years since President Victor arrived in 2006,” said Evans.
Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,200 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 33 undergraduate majors and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.