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The late Robert Heilbrunn and his wife, Harriet, and the entire Heilbrunn family have been among the foremost advocates of the value investing program at Columbia Business School.
The young Robert enrolled in Graham’s course as a nondegree student and became a practitioner of the value approach. During the Great Depression, Graham’s wisdom allowed the young Robert to manage the family’s assets, and he was thereafter a lifelong disciple.
The Heilbrunn family established the Robert Heilbrunn Professorship of Finance and Asset Management in 1988. The professorship heralded a renaissance of the value tradition at Columbia Business School.
In 2001, the Heilbrunn Center for Graham & Dodd Investing was established by Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn, ensuring the permanency of the investing franchise at the School.