Deborah Goodrich Royce, ’80, Honored as Sesquicentennial Fellow at Lake Erie College
(Painesville, Ohio) – Deborah Goodrich Royce was chosen as a recipient of the Sesquicentennial Fellow award at Lake Erie College during recent Alumni Weekend festivities. In honor of its sesquicentennial, the College is recognizing alumni and friends whose contributions and support have enhanced its mission.
Royce received a bachelor of arts degree in modern foreign languages (French and Italian literature and history) from Lake Erie College in 1980. She has spent her career in the arts, first as an actress in film and television; then, as a story editor at Miramax Films.
She serves on the board of directors of Literacy Volunteers of Stamford/Greenwich, Conn., where she also teaches writing to adult English as a second language students. She also serves on the board of the Hunter Foundation and the Avon Theater Film Center, an independent cinema in Stamford that she and her husband restored and reopened.
Royce has been a consistent donor to the College and serves on the Fine Arts Advisory Committee. She established the Humanities Legacy Endowed Scholarship Fund in December 2005 as a way to recognize students who are majoring in the humanities, to honor two of her beloved professors, George Farrell and Egidio Lunardi, and to motivate others to become more involved with Lake Erie.
Currently residing in Riverside, Conn, with her husband, Charles, she has two daughters, Alexandra and Tess.
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education. The College offers 26 undergraduate majors, including new programs in sports management, forensic psychology and therapeutic horsemanship, as well as master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 800 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.