October 06, 2011
Mount Saint Mary College’s Desmond campus for adult enrichment
recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of Alice Curtis Desmond’s
gift of her home and 24-acre arboretum to the Mount.
Mrs. Desmond, a wealthy author and photographer who lived in the
mansion until her death in October 1990, was the widow of Thomas C.
Desmond, a former New York State senator from 1931 through 1958.
His interest in botany prompted him to cultivate a wide variety of
trees and shrubs, making the Alice and Thomas Desmond arboretum a
well-known feature in Newburgh.
Fr. Kevin E. Mackin OFM, president of Mount Saint Mary College,
joined students and staff at the event catered by Parties a la
Cart. Special guests included past employees of Mr. and Mrs.
Desmond who shared many wonderful stories and photographs.
Over the past year, Desmond Campus has hosted nearly 3,000
registrants for classes in computers, languages, cooking, yoga,
nutrition, drawing, creative writing, Pilates, Zumba and
photography, among others, with more than 1,000 registrants for day