Gifts from undergraduate and graduate alumni, parents, and friends are vital to sustaining Princeton’s historic mission and keeping the University at the forefront of higher education.
Lawrence Otis Graham ’83: A Lifelong Love of Firestone
As an ambitious 17-year-old college freshman, Lawrence Otis Graham ’83 set his sights on getting published. Firestone played a critical role in Graham’s success. It’s where he wrote his first three books and where he did all his schoolwork. “When I was at Princeton, my safe space was Firestone,” said Graham. To perpetuate that feeling for future Princetonians, Graham and his wife, Pamela Thomas-Graham, have made a gift to name the East Reading Room, which is being updated and improved as part of Firestone’s current renovation project.
Reinvigorating the Intellectual Heart of Princeton
Since it opened in 1948, Firestone Library has played a central role in the lives of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members, and visiting scholars. Now, a major renovation is infusing Firestone Library with new life. With the support of alumni and friends, the University is creating a more open and welcoming building that supports contemporary approaches to scholarship while honoring Firestone’s historic character.