Foundation Receives Bequest from Sidney P. Albert Trust

By Gwendolyn Bradley

The AAUP Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of a gift from the Sidney P. Albert Revocable Trust, in accordance with his testamentary wishes. Sidney P. Albert was an AAUP member for sixty-five years (from 1946 to 2011) and had a long career of activity in the Association. 

Albert first learned of the AAUP while teaching philosophy at Syracuse University. He was nominated for membership by a colleague, as was the practice at the time, and was admitted to membership in October 1946. He was an organizer and charter member of the AAUP chapter at Triple Cities College (now the State University of New York at Binghamton). He went on to join the faculty of Los Angeles State College (now California State University, Los Angeles), where he was appointed assistant professor of philosophy in 1956 and retired as a full professor in 1979. He served in many campus leadership offices and was instrumental in the foundation of the California conference of the AAUP. 

Albert’s notable work on behalf of faculty continued after his retirement. He founded emeriti associations at his campus and in the Cal State system, and he chaired a state conference committee that developed an “Emeriti Bill of Rights” recommending rights and privileges that should be accorded retired faculty. He also spoke on the topic at AAUP annual meetings. 

Albert continued his scholarly work after retirement: his book Shaw, Plato, and Euripides: Classical Currents in Major Barbara was published in 2012, when he was ninety-seven years old.  

Sidney P. Albert was a passionate supporter of the AAUP. The AAUP Foundation is honored by his gift