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College Dedicates Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts

[October 1, 2010] - Deborah Goodrich Royce and Charles M. Royce of Greenwich, Conn. have contributed $1 million to Lake Erie College. In recognition of this gift and others provided in recent years by the Royces, the College dedicated the fine arts building as Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts.

Deborah worked for 10 years as an actress in film and television, starring in the ABC soap opera All My Children, feature films April Fool’s Day and Just One of the Guys and television movies Return to Peyton Place, The Deliberate Stranger and Liberace. She also appeared in various roles in several popular television series including Beverly Hills 90210. After the birth of her daughters, Alexandra and Tess, Deborah became story editor at Miramax films, working on the development of such films as Emma, Chicago and The English Patient. 

In 2003, Deborah and Chuck, CEO of the Royce Funds, co-founded and restored the Avon Theatre Film Center, a 1939 landmark in Stamford, Connecticut, dedicated to classic and independent films. At the Avon, Deborah and Chuck host an ongoing series in which famous film directors, writers and actors appear to talk about their work.

Deborah Goodrich Royce received her bachelor of arts degree summa cum laude from Lake Erie College in 1980 with a major in modern foreign languages and a minor in dance. She received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Lake Erie College in 2008 in recognition of her service to the College, her professional accomplishments and her civic activities.


Lake Erie College is an independent, liberal arts institution founded in 1856. Located in Painesville, Ohio, the College challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. Lake Erie College currently serves more than 1,300 students, offers a combined 35 majors in undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the option to design an individualized major tailored to career and academic goals. The College is an NCAA Division II member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and home to 23 intercollegiate athletic teams.

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