May 16, 2013
Fresno Business Journal
With the estate of a longtime Fresno State supporter finalized, the university’s Kremen School of Education and Human Development will receive $2 million for scholarships and other activities.
The gift comes from the estate of Dr. Marion Kremen in honor of her late husband and former Fresno State state faculty member Benjamin Kremen. Marion Kremen passed away last June at the age of 102.
Her estate was finalized by the Fresno County Superior Court this week, freeing up $2 million in cash and securities according to her will to provide an endowment supporting scholarships for students in the Kremen School.
A graduate of the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore, Md., Kremen also taught at Fresno State and other colleges like Michigan State University and John Hopkins University. She was also a classical pianist.
Kremen’s husband, who passed away in 1996, taught at Fresno State for more than 25 years, retiring in 1976. During that time, he founded Fresno State’s school counselor-education.
The Kremen School of Education and Human Development has won high praise as one of California’s largest sources of teachers, counselor and school administrators.
The college was the first in the California State University system to offer an independent doctorate program.