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Retired IJS director receives Rutgers University Award

The Rutgers University Libraries congratulate Dan Morgenstern - recently retired director of the Institute of Jazz Studies (IJS), in the John Cotton Dana Library - on receiving the Rutgers University Award. Dan received the award at the retirement party held in his honor, by IJS, in April.

Rutgers-Newark campus Interim Chancellor Philip Yeagle presented the award to Dan at the retirement party. In a message sent out subsequently to the Rutgers Newark campus community, Dr. Yeagle described some of Dan Morgenstern's many accomplishments that merited this distinctive recognition from the university.

The text of Dr. Yeagle's message read:

"I have the honor and pleasure of announcing that one of our own from the Newark campus of Rutgers University, Dan Morgenstern, has been awarded the Rutgers University Award, one of the university's highest recognitions, by President Richard L. McCormick. The award, which includes both a medal and a citation, recognizes individuals who have given distinguished service to the university and demonstrated great leadership or made outstanding contributions in scholarship, public service, business, industry, athletics, or the arts. Previous winners include Albert Schatz, co-discoverer of streptomycin, and U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg.

As many of you know, Dan, a Grammy Award-winning jazz historian, educator and author, has just stepped down after 35 years as director of the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies.

As the award citation states, Dan's "exceptional contributions to preserving, promoting, and advancing our understanding of jazz, have ensured the enduring legacy of this great American art form. In your work as Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark since 1976, you have built the Institute into the largest archival collection of jazz and jazz-related materials in the world and a tremendous source of pride among our university community."

I join President McCormick in lauding the memorable achievements of this remarkable Jazz Master. Dan Morgenstern leaves a three-fold legacy: the brick and mortar of the Institute of Jazz Studies in Dana Library; the thousands of lives he has inspired and touched through his passion for teaching, writing, preserving, and enjoying jazz; and the gift to the future of jazz, here and around the world, of the archive he has built.

As one who grew up with jazz as part of the soul, I ask all fellow jazz lovers to thank Dan for his remarkable career, which is his gift to this truly American art form, and for the extraordinary honor he brings to Rutgers University."

Posted April 20, 2012