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Respect at Last: College Creates Rodney Dangerfield Institute for the Study of Comedy

On Saturday, May 17, Manhattanville College will announce the establishment of The Rodney Dangerfield Institute for the Study of Comedy, while the comedian, who died in 2004, will also be awarded a posthumous honorary doctorate.

Manhattanville College was founded in 1841 and was originally an all-girls school, which Joan Dangerfield, Rodney’s widow, feels would have certainly delighted her late husband. The college changed its status to “co-ed” in the late 1960s.


The Dangerfield Institute plans to offer special scholarships, along with the development of a “Dangerfield Archive” to catalog and study Rodney’s body of comedic work.