Please join us in paying tribute to a long time member of the Hofstra community, Malcolm "Jim" Fellman whose commitment to the University helped enhance Hofstra's national reputation. Jim passed away on May 23, 2020, and in his honor, we are raising funds for the Malcolm "Jim" Fellman '58, '81 Endowed Scholarship established in his memory.
After serving in both the United States Marine Corps and the Army, Jim enrolled at Hofstra and earned a Bachelors in Business Administration in 1958 and later earned an MBA in 1981. While at Hofstra, where he played football and soccer and was a member of the Epsilon Sigma fraternity, he met life-long friends that he called "family."
In 1968, after serving in an amazing array of different jobs, Jim came back home to Hofstra to pursue his passions for higher education and helping others. Jim performed many roles of increasing scope and responsibility while at Hofstra and was eventually named Vice President of Operations in 1983, serving in that role until 1997.
In his many years as part of Hofstra's leadership, he was an iconic figure who helped bring the New York Jets to the campus, and was beloved for his ardent support for the union workers and many others who served under his guidance. As a lover of the arts, he was one of the founders of the Green Wig (later renamed to Gray Wig), Hofstra's alumni repertory theater group.
During his years at Hofstra he became a member of the Hempstead Chamber of Commerce and the Nassau County Sports Complex. Among his many awards were the US Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award, the Hofstra University Presidential Medal and the 1997 Alumnus of the Year award.
For many years that continued following his retirement, he taught management in Hofstra's Zarb School of Business as an Executive in Residence and as the Honey & Arthur Sorin Distinguished Teaching Fellow in Business. He loved to teach. But, among his many accomplishments, Jim will be forever remembered for the guidance and mentorship he provided to so many generations of students, faculty, staff, friends, and family.
The Malcolm "Jim" Fellman '58, '81 Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to one or more deserving students selected on the basis of demonstrated academic achievement or potential and/or financial need, who are planning to study in the Zarb School of Business. Preference will be given to students who have an interest in the Armed Forces or whose family members have served.