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Fromm Institute Spring 2020 Session Cancelled


Dear Fromm Students,


We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty. After great consideration of the safety of our Fromm community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our Spring 2020 Session. With the increase in COVID-19 cases which are expected to significantly impact the senior community, and the increased recommendation from health officials to self-isolate, we want to ensure everyone that the health and safety of our Fromm Institute community is our utmost priority.


However, instead of cancelling the classes altogether, we have asked the Spring faculty to instead postpone their classes to the next academic year.  Further, as a gesture of goodwill and support for our members who will be practicing social distancing, we will be providing all our members with a free membership to the Frommcast through the end of June.  The Frommcast is our online platform where students can access more than 50 full eight-week courses and many single lectures all recorded at Fromm Hall.  The Frommcast is undergoing an upgrade which will be beneficial for everyone, so your free subscription will start on April 1.  The Frommcast can be accessed at with the same username and password you currently use to enroll online. If you have difficulties accessing your username and password, please do not hesitate to contact the Fromm Institute staff who will be more than happy to assist you. 


Fromm Institute staff will be prepared to start issuing membership fee refunds on Wednesday, March 18. Please be patient as this may take quite some time for us to complete.  At your convenience, send an email to or call (415) 422-6805 with your personal information and your form of payment when you processed your session enrollment. Session and scholarship membership fees will be fully refunded and Annual members will be refunded the remainder of their Annual Membership which is $325. If it is within your means to allocate a portion, or all of your membership as a contribution to our lifelong learning program, we would sincerely appreciate it. Our administration office is closed indefinitely but we will be returning phone calls/emails while working from home and away from the university.

Derek –

Scott –

Carla –

Herbert –

Dawa –

Alfredo –

General –


We thank you again for your continued support of the Fromm Institute and hope you stay safe and healthy during this concerning time. 


Derek Leighnor

Executive Director - The Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning


Jonathan Bailey

Academic Advisor - The Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning

Board Member - Friends of the Fromm Institute Board of Directors


Caroline Fromm Lurie

President - Friends of the Fromm Institute Board of Directors

Student - The Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning


Brian Lurie

Chairman - Friends of the Fromm Institute Board of Directors

Student - The Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning


Roy Eisenhardt

Vice-Chairman - Friends of the Fromm Institute Board of Directors

Professor - The Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning


Albert Fraenkel

Executive Vice-President - Friends of the Fromm Institute Board of Directors

Student - The Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning

About The Fromm Institute

Since 1976, the Fromm Institute has encouraged persons, age 50 and older, from all walks of life, to engage their minds in academic pursuits. We invite you to join us as you discover what our lifelong learning program is all about.


Our Mission

The Fromm Institute, a "University within a University," stages daytime courses for retired adults over 50 years of age. Founded by Alfred and Hanna Fromm in 1976, the Institute offers intellectual stimulation and introduces its members to a wide range of college level learning opportunities with access to the facilities and services at the University of San Francisco.


The Institute has a firm commitment to learning, believing that older students should be able to learn within a peer setting and be taught by emeritus professors of their own age. The Fromm Institute welcomes people regardless of previous academic achievement or their ability to pay a modest membership fee.



As an independent, non-profit program on the USF campus, The Fromm Institute appeals to its members and to a broader philanthropic community for the financial support of its mission. This San Francisco "original" serves hundreds of older students each day, and includes thousands among its lifelong learning student body and alumni.

Support the Fromm Institute

Membership fees collected cover just over half of our program costs.  As an independent non-profit at USF, the Fromm Institute reimburses the University of San Francisco for the use of all campus resources. We rely on the generous financial support of the community. Won’t you please help? Contributions to the Fromm Institute can be made through the Friends of the Fromm Institute.