A special tribute for Robert B. Catell, a former trustee of Brooklyn Law School, was held on September 23rd aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at Pier 86. Over 400 celebrants were in attendance at the gala where Mr. Catell received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Dean Joan G. Wexler and the Chairman of the Board, Stuart Subotnick. The evening raised nearly $500,000 to benefit the Law School.
The gala was an opportunity for the business and legal communities to celebrate the remarkable achievements of Mr. Catell’s 50-year career and his recent retirement as Chairman of National Grid. Mr. Catell, who is also the Former Chairman and CEO of KeySpan Corporation and KeySpan Energy Delivery, served on the Law School’s Board of Trustees for 17 years and his dedication to the Law School has been invaluable.
“He was a steadfast and wise advisor to the Law School through sweeping transformations during his tenure,” said Dean Joan G. Wexler. “With his active support, we added scores of new and innovative courses to the curriculum, attracted world-class scholars to the faculty, and greatly expanded and improved our campus.”
Currently, Mr. Catell is Chairman of Alberta Northeast Gas Ltd. and a member of the board of directors of KEYERA Energy Management Ltd. He is Chair of the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC), Cristo Rey Network’s Lourdes Academy, Futures in Education, New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), and the New York State Smart Grid Consortium. The Co-Chair of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, he is also a member of the board of directors or trustees of many other civic organizations that have improved the lives of all New Yorkers.
The dinner was hosted by National Grid Chairman Sir John Parker and National Grid Chief Executive Steve Holliday and was chaired by Edward D. Miller, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company.
Read more about Robert Catell in Newsday.