The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support for events organized by University of Connecticut registered student organizations, departments, staff, and faculty, that are designed to foster diversity and tolerance of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered (GLBT) persons.
The monies in the David Daniel Berdon Memorial Fund are administered by the University of Connecticut Foundation, Inc. A committee of volunteers from various segments of the University of Connecticut community review applications for grants. The David Daniel Berdon Memorial Fund is not affiliated with any specific University of Connecticut department.
David Daniel Berdon was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He was a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and was a practicing attorney since 1949. He was a member of the New Haven County (Connecticut) and the American Bar Associations, and the Connecticut and American Trial Lawyers Associations. He was also a member of the American Arbitration Association.
Before becoming a lawyer, he was a lecturer in economics at the University of Connecticut. An advocate for mentally challenged children, he was the founder and a charter member of the Valley Association for Retarded Children. Active in Republican circles in New Haven and throughout the state, he served as special counsel to the Connecticut Republican Party in the 1970s. In 1969, he was a member of President Richard M. Nixon’s transition team, and served as a consultant and the acting director for New England at the Office of Economic Opportunity in Boston. Appointed by Gov. John Dempsey, he served as vice chairman of the commission to study procedures for the nomination of presidential candidates.
The Committee is currently accepting applications for the 2011 – 2012 academic year.