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Forester Forever: Steve Salny ’77

Steve Salny ’77 is returning to his alma mater as a guest lecturer for Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.

Additionally, Salny’s class will be celebrating their 40th reunion and he is volunteering as a member of his class’ Reunion Committee.

“I just felt it was such an honor, to come back to Lake Forest College. It’s a good place and a good part of my life—not just the College, but the town and the families,” Salny said regarding his participation on the Committee.

Salny will be speaking about his research on the architecture of David Adler and the interior design of his sister, Frances Elkins. His research began during his senior year at the College as an independent study under the supervision of Franz Schulze, Betty Jane Schultz Hollender Professor of Art Emeritus. The project became a lifelong vocation which was so successful that it led to a second career for Salny: being commissioned to write books on interior design.

“I have a huge amount of gratitude towards the families of Lake Forest for their willing participation in my project, but especially for Professor Schulz —when you have a professor who believes in you, when you don’t believe in yourself, it’s pretty heavy support,” Salny said.

This gratitude is what motivates Salny to remain involved with the College for so many years after graduation through financial support and long standing relationships with his professors and classmates.

“All of the success that I’ve had, I owe to Lake Forest College.”