Beverly (Lydon) Peyser
Class of 1953
Beverly graduated in 1953, having been an excellent student. She is a graduate of Hunter College in New York, with both a B.S. Degree specializing in Urban Programs and a Master's Degree in Urban Planning.
At 19, fresh out of Fisher College, Beverly operated the Northeast Airlines Company head office and drafted the monthly Northeast Airlines Company newsletter. She then left to serve 2 ½ years in Turkey as a member of the Foreign Service, focusing on helping the Turkish citizens to rebuild their infrastructure, concentrating on their railroads, public safety, energy, and airlines. She then came home to Washington and accepted assignments with the Peace Corps and Agency for International Development as a staff member during President Kennedy's administration.
After graduating from Hunter College, Beverly was appointed by the New York City mayor to assist with planning and zoning of New York City from 59th Street to 96th Street, as well as Central Park West, the East River and Museum Mile. Some of her projects included the refurbishing of Carnegie Library, overseeing the placing of plaza space at the Citicorp building, as well as plaza and sitting space at the McGraw-Hill and Exxon Rear buildings.
Beverly worked with the New York City Park Department and School Department to build a program that brought tennis in the elementary, middle and high schools of all five boroughs on new York City, working extensively with tennis professionals, including Arthur Ashe.
With her husband Seymour Peyser, they set up a scholarship program for high school students summer school at Columbia University. Over time 24 students received scholarships, amount to more than $1,000,000.