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Campus Street Name Honors a Founding Father

A street on the campus of Middlesex County College has been named in honor of Frank Deiner, who was a freeholder in 1964 and one of the founding fathers of MCC.

Mr. Deiner was a 33-year-old freeholder and the chairman of its Education Committee when the College was being created in 1964. He led the contingent of Middlesex County officials who traveled to Washington, DC to lobby for the land that would become MCC. He was also instrumental in selecting the College’s first Board of Trustees.

He selected part of the Raritan Arsenal as the land he wanted for the College, and led the group from the county to Washington to lobby for it. In his pocket was a magic marker, and when Maurice Greenberg of the Government Services Administration took out a map and set it on his office floor, Mr. Deiner boldly circled the acreage he felt was needed for the College. They got it.
The newly named Deiner Drive runs parallel to Mill Road and by the Middlesex Academy High School, Billy Johnson Hall and Edison Hall.

“I was happy that the Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution to recognize Frank Deiner’s longtime support for this institution as a freeholder and county resident,” said Dorothy K. Power, chairman of the MCC Board of Trustees, at a ceremony unveiling the sign Nov. 5. “He was instrumental in creating this college, including negotiating with the federal government for this large parcel of land. It is appropriate that his name on this drive will honor his many contributions.”

College President Joann La Perla-Morales noted the location of Deiner Drive is symbolic.
“The line of that magic marker was somewhere near that fence along Mill Road,” she said. “That this campus road, which parallels that line will now be named for Frank M. Deiner brings honor to the man and all those who have followed him in support of higher education at Middlesex County College.

“Today, more than 52,000 alumni have earned a Middlesex County College degree or certificate and an additional 330,000 county residents have participated in our training and education programs in child care preschool, summer camps, high school scholars and adults in continuing education for job and career advancement.”

After the unveiling ceremony, Mr. Deiner spoke at a reception in his honor.
He marveled at the growth and development of MCC, and praised Dr. La Perla-Morales for continuing MCC’s success that was started over 50 years ago.

“I think a lot of the success of this college can be attributed to that first Board of Trustees,” he said. “They got this place off to its start and it’s never stopped.


Frank M. Deiner (center, foreground) at Deiner Drive, surrounded by family, friends and Middlesex County College officials.