Dean Emanuel (“Mannie”) Saxe (right) with (from left) Harry Belafonte and Accountancy Professor and Saxe’s prize student, Abraham Briloff (’37, MSEd ’41), in 1983. Below: Saxe with students in the 17 Lex cafeteria circa 1960.

CampusScenes3_1959“All I need to do is think about 23rd Street and the name Mannie Saxe comes to mind. He was a great man,” says George Gershon (’56) of legendary Baruchian Emanuel Saxe (1903–87), a graduate of the class of 1923, an accountancy professor, a scholar-practitioner, and an administrator at City College Downtown/Baruch from the 1930s through the early ’70s. Saxe graduated from his beloved alma mater 90 years ago.

Saxe’s open door policy and his genuine affection for his charges made him especially popular with students. “I was an evening session student and having a rough time,” remembers Gershon, a retired entrepreneur and educator. “Dr. Saxe noticed, and he let me know he was there for me. That saved my life . . . . I hope he’s the boss of a good school up there in Heaven. God bless him.”

Saxe’s memory is perpetuated at Baruch through a lecture series dedicated in his name, the Emanuel Saxe Distinguished Lecture in Accounting series, which has welcomed more than 60 eminent academics and practitioners in the accounting and legal professions in the last 40 years.

—Diane Harrigan

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Emanuel Saxe (’23) is a Baruch legend. During his tenure as dean, Baruch (then City College’s School of Business and Public Administration) was called “Saxe’s 23rd Street.”