Fairfield University Honors Larry Rafferty
The Fairfield University Alumni Association honored Garden City resident Larry C. Rafferty at its annual awards dinner at the Grand Hyatt New York on April 12. A trustee and alumnus of Fairfield, Mr. Rafferty was presented with the Alumni Service Award for his many years of support for the university. The dinner, which benefits the Alumni Multicultural Scholarship fund, raised a record $860,000.
Lawrence Rafferty was honored with the Alumni Service Award. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native's athletic skills led him to earn a walk-on spot on the freshman basketball team of the University. His leadership skills later led him to become captain of the varsity basketball team. He channeled the skills and values learned at Fairfield into successful careers in sales and finance.
Today, he is chief executive officer of Rafferty Capital Markets, LLC, an investment banking and brokerage services firm. In addition, he is a long-time member of the Fairfield University Board of Trustees and steadfast supporter of the University's academic scholarship programs and the athletic program.
The Jesuit philosophy about the importance of a liberal arts education and about life are very valuable for students today, he says. "There is more to Fairfield than going to a history or biology class. The Jesuits help you form a more meaningful point of view of the world."
His volunteer activities have included serving on reunion committees and as a committee chair for major gifts during "Our Promise: The Campaign for Fairfield University." He's been known to mentor students and recent graduates on career paths, and has hosted parent and young alumni receptions.