ARNOLD C. FRANCO '43
Arnold Franco earned a BA in History in 1943 and then went on to become part of history – as a code breaker, cryptanalyst and war hero in World War II. Arnold is still active at the insurance firm he founded, and he is also an accomplished author and public speaker (in both English and French). He has received numerous citations for his valor during the war and his post-war activities. In France, he was given the Legion of Honor for his service to the French people and humanity.
Arnold married Queens College graduate Beverly Rosenberg ’46 and the couple has four children. In 1986, they established the Arnold & Beverly Franco Achievement Scholarship Endowment, which provides tuition assistance for worthy students. In 1996, Arnold also established a History Award at Queens College. His greatest contribution to the College was founding and providing funding for the World War II Veteran’s Memorial Plaza, which was unveiled on campus in 2006.
Why I Give
Arnold’s dedication to Queens College is exemplary. It was Arnold’s initiative that established the World War II Memorial which entailed extensive student research. Private funding, primarily from Arnold himself, made his vision a reality. He felt like he had to do it, and he is quite proud of it. “Here you have this brand new college whose first five classes are sacrificed to World War II,” Arnold notes of the injured or dead from that conflict. “The toll was enormous.” The Memorial created through his generosity has become a part of the Queens College landscape. “It is a way of tying students here today with members of the pioneer classes.”