DeLamar Society

The DeLamar Society recognizes the critical importance of donors making annual gifts of $500 or more ($250 or more for alumni of the past 10 years) to strengthen the mission of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The DeLamar Society exists to provide financial support to Columbia Mailman through the development of a culture of leadership-level giving by all members of the Columbia Mailman community. The investment that DeLamar Society members make in public health research and education holds the promise of a healthier future. It has a tangible impact on the lives of people today and on the systems that will continue to shape health and create wellbeing for generations.

Members of the DeLamar Society receive exclusive privileges and benefits, including invitations to special events, briefings from the dean, newsletters, and more.

For information on the DeLamar Society, please contact Andrea Hale, senior director of annual giving, at

Joseph R. DeLamar

In 1922, the Joseph DeLamar Institute of Public Health, the precursor to today’s Mailman School of Public Health, was founded with a $3 million bequest from Joseph R. DeLamar (1843-1918), a Dutch born sea captain, industrialist, and champion of public health education. After the Institute’s upgrade to a standalone school in 1945, the DeLamar Professorship of Public Health was established, a chair currently held by Dean and DeLamar Professor Linda P. Fried.