Bean Prize Luncheon
When Albert “Ace” C. Bean Jr. ’43 visited Cornell in October 2006 to receive a Frank H. T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award, he was also honored with a luncheon by the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. As a third-generation Cornellian who has worked to advance Cornell for more than six decades, Bean was one of seven distinguished alumni honored for their outstanding long-term service to the university.
While Ace Bean was on campus to receive his award, AAP took the opportunity to welcome him and his family to a luncheon in the Hartell Gallery, in recognition of their contributions to the college. The Bean family’s special connection with AAP began in 1971, when they established the David R. Bean Scholarship Fund in memory of their son. David Bean graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1970, and during his time at Cornell he pursued his love of art with a passion. When he died of diabetes in 1971, his family established a fund to assist students in the art department. In 1996 the fund became known as the David R. Bean Prize in Fine Arts. It is considered the foremost award given by the Department of Art.
An exhibition of work by former winners of the award was presented at the luncheon, and recipients of the prize were introduced to the Bean family.