MBAA Award Recipients to be Honored at Reunion 2018

The Moses Brown Alumni Association is pleased to announce its spring award recipients.

The Alumni Association will recognize Ethan Ruby ’93 with the 25th Reunion Achievement Award at MB Reunion on Saturday, May 19. In the years since graduating MB, Ethan has launched multiple companies, received a U.S. patent, raised millions of dollars for charity, and delivered the 2008 MB Commencement address. As the founder and CEO of Theraplant, a leading producer of medical marijuana in Connecticut, he is at the forefront of the evolving medical cannabis Industry. In 2000, Ethan endured an injury to his spine and was paralyzed from the chest down. With perseverance, courage, and resiliency, he has continued to thrive across many areas of his professional and personal life. He continues to give back with his time and contributions and delivers keynote presentations on topics such as resiliency, disability, and medical cannabis. He received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Mt. Sinai Hospital and continues to engage on multiple philanthropic projects. Ethan was a star athlete at MB receiving 11 varsity letters, highlighted by a batting average over .500 in both his junior and senior years under Coach Donovan. He also played on the 1995 Ivy League Championship baseball team at the University of Pennsylvania. The Ethan Ruby Most Courageous Athlete Award is annually given to a MB athlete who has experienced a significant setback, yet has distinguished him- or herself despite adversity. Ethan tries to join the MB community each year to present this award in person. Ethan and his wife Julie live with their children in Connecticut.

The Alumni Association will recognize Richard Sauber ’68 with this year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. A partner with Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber, Dick is one of the top-rated white collar crime attorneys in Washington, D.C. He’s tried dozens of criminal and civil fraud cases and appears regularly for clients in congressional hearings and government agency proceedings. Before this, he was a federal prosecutor, and was appointed by President Reagan to form and lead the first multi-agency task force to pursue fraud in government contracts. He also is a professor at Georgetown Law School, teaching classes on national security crimes and evidence, and has argued before the Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is general counsel at Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world, and serves on the board at Children’s Hospital in Washington. Dick graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and holds a master’s from Oxford University (where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar) and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law. 

The Moses Brown Alumni Association also is pleased to recognize Joseph Ribeiro, of the Athletics Department, this May. Joe is receiving this year’s Faculty/Staff Member of the Year Award. A beloved member of the MB Athletics Department, Joe serves as MB’s Athletic and P.E. Equipment Manager. He joined MB in 2003 and is a proud native of the Azores. In 2005, the graduating class dedicated their yearbook to Joe, saying Joe is “a member of the Moses Brown community who has selflessly committed himself to those around him. His care for every student and his dedication to our school have been deeply felt.” Joe’s kind, helpful, and warm personality is appreciated by students and coworkers alike. He is always ready to share conversation, a smile, or a ‘hello.’ Joe provides a positive impact on all of the students with whom he comes in contact.

Congratulations to all!