Lenn Kupferberg '73, Karen Fink Kupferberg '73, and Beth Kupferberg Barnes '07
Lenn and Karen Fink Kupferberg entered Trinity College in the fall of 1969, the first year of co-education at Trinity. Karen chose to come to Trinity because she received a financial aid package superior to that offered by other schools to which she applied. As a self-supporting student, financial aid was very important to her. Karen and Lenn both graduated from Trinity in 1973, Lenn with a B.S. degree in physics and mathematics, Karen with a B.S. degree in mathematics.
Lenn went on to earn both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He then worked at M.I.T. as a postdoctoral associate in physics for two years. In 1980 Lenn became an assistant professor of physics at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. At the end of 1984, he joined the Research Division of Raytheon as a senior scientist, becoming a senior development scientist in 1987, a senior physicist II in 1999, and a principal physicist in 2004. Lenn retired from Raytheon at the end of 2011.
Karen earned her M.B.A. in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. She began her long career in finance as a securities analyst at E.F. Hutton and went on to Xerox as a financial consultant. Karen worked for nearly two decades at Digital Equipment Corporation [DEC], working her way up to the position of vice president of finance. In 1998 she joined EMC Corporation as vice president and corporate controller. Karen served as the financial lead on several acquisitions and was instrumental in building the company’s financial infrastructure, seeing revenues grow from $2.9 billion/year to $8.9 billion/year. In 2004 Karen founded Millwood Management Solutions, an independent professional services practice, consulting to top management of small to mid-sized companies, focusing on the assessment and improvement of business operations. Later in 2004, she joined Axeda Systems, a $13 million publicly traded software company, as executive vice president and CFO. Karen played a key role in taking the company private, which avoided bankruptcy. Over the past 11 years, Karen has served on many boards of directors of both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. As chair of a troubled, regulated financial services firm, she led a contentious sales effort, resulting in the company moving its charter to a state with a more friendly regulatory environment, avoiding bankruptcy and saving over 120 jobs. Currently, Karen serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center [BARCC], treasurer of the Commonwealth Institute, a director and chair of the Audit Committee of the Board of Fiduciary Trust Company, and a director of Gold Standard Diagnostics (an emerging medical testing device company).
Karen and Lenn both have remained very involved with Trinity, Karen serving on the Board of Fellows from 1999 to 2001 and from 2006 to 2012, and Lenn serving from 2009 to 2012. Lenn and Karen also served on their class’ 25th reunion Gift Committee from 1997 to 1998. Karen was on her Class Executive Board from 1998 to 2003, and was Reunion Committee Program chair from 2002 to 2003. Lenn was recognized as a Noteworthy Alumnus in Science and Technology in 2007. Karen was awarded the Alumni Medal for Excellence in 2008, and in 2013 she was recognized with the Kathleen Boelhouwer Award which “honors that alumna or alumnus whose leadership, persuasion, and activities advance the engagement of Trinity’s alumnae in the College’s excellence and reputation.” Lenn is a trustee of the Jack and Dorothy Kupferberg Family Foundation, through which he and Karen helped to establish a scholarship fund in memory of Lenn’s brother, Josh P. Kupferberg ’73.
Karen and Lenn’s daughter, Beth Kupferberg Barnes, graduated from Trinity in 2007, with a B.A. in economics, minoring in Jewish studies and Spanish. As a senior, she received the Lova and Tania Eliav Prize for Excellence in Hebrew. From 2008 to 2012 Beth worked as a product management associate at eSec Lending. Beth earned her M.B.A. in Marketing from Boston College in 2012. She is now a senior marketing consultant with Sun Life Financial and the proud mother of Blake Diana Barnes, who may become another Trinity College alumna.
This scholarship is an example of “paying it forward.” As mentioned above, Karen came to Trinity because of its generous financial assistance and found the Trinity experience to be transformational. It is the hope of the scholarship’s grantors that the recipients also will consider “paying it forward.”