By  on June 25, 2007

NEW YORK — Family, friends and faculty gathered for a dedication ceremony in honor of the room named after Rita and Bruce Roberts on the ninth floor of the Marvin Feldman Center at the Fashion Institute of Technology on Thursday night. Roberts is a longtime textile executive and chairman of the nominating committee and member of the executive committee of The Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries at FIT.

The Rita and Bruce Roberts Room at FIT, the formal name of the room bearing the name of the couple who pledged $75,000 to the school this past year, will serve as a meeting and reception space for about 30 people. Present at the ceremony were Joyce Brown, FIT president, and co-chairs of EFFI, John Pomerantz and Gilbert Harrison.

"It may not be the largest space, but measured in terms of what happens here, this room is one of the most important," said Brown, adding, "I should really point out that it's one of the college's favorite spaces; it's really hard to get this room and find it vacant. We have called it the 'living room' up until now and we do have a family feeling here. Given the affection and gratitude we feel toward Bruce and the whole Roberts family, it seems only right that the room should now bear the Roberts name."

Roberts has been in the textile industry since 1955. In addition to his roles at FIT, he has been executive director of the Textile Distributors Association since 1990. Before that, he was vice president and chairman of the general management committee of Eastman Chemical Products Inc. (now Eastman Chemical Company Inc.), and prior to that was senior vice president of Spring Industries Inc.

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