Comments from the Community
Diana Gurieva, President of the Dyson Foundation for 24 years, passed away on February 6, 2017 at her home in Clinton, NY following a courageous battle with cancer. Diana leaves a legacy of uncompromising service to the people of the Hudson Valley. As the leader of the Dyson Foundation, Diana made sure that the foundation invested in things that mattered. The Walkway soars, the Bardavon shines and children play joyfully at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum thanks to Diana’s attention to these and many other important institutions.
By any measure Diana's impact was impressive. While at the helm of the Foundation she personally oversaw more than $330 million in grant awards, providing core support for a dizzying array of human service, education, animal welfare, and arts organizations. But behind those lofty numbers Diana also tended to the stream of details—hundreds of calls, meetings and memos—attached to every initiative in order to smartly steer the foundation’s resources where they would have the greatest impact. Both the Dyson Foundation and the community benefited immensely from Diana’s many contributions.
We believe that Diana's philanthropic life served as an example to be replicated by others, and in that sense, it is our hope that her legacy will live on in the good works of others throughout our community. Diana touched many lives during her years in public service.
In the months following her death, community members celebrated the rich life of Diana Gurieva by sharing their thoughts and stories here on this blog. We thank them for their comments.