MBAA Award Recipients

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  • Davide Dukcevich ’92 25th Reunion Alumni Achievement Award

    Davide Dukcevhich is co-owner of Rhode Island’s own Daniele Foods, which he operates with his brother Stefano ’89. As VP of sales, Davide proudly describes himself as a “third-generation ham salesman,” bringing his passion for charcuterie to work daily at the company’s new Burrillville plant. Davide is intensely loyal to the business which has defined his family for three generations, since his grandparents fled Yugoslavia during World War II, making their way to Trièste, Italy. There, his grandmother used a family recipe to hand-craft sausages which her husband delivered by bicycle. Eventually, they made their way to Rhode Island. 
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  • Paul A. Suttell ’67 Distinguished Alumnus Award

    Paul Suttell is chief justice of Rhode Island’s Supreme Court. This respected jurist, noted for his fairness and hard work, was sworn in as the Court’s 51st chief justice in 2009. He joined the Court in 2003, after having served 13 years in Rhode Island Family Court.
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  • Tom Andrew Faculty Member of the Year Award

    Tom Andrew is a long-standing member of the English Department, coached boys’ varsity soccer for many years, has been well-respected on the Discipline Committee, and is an active member of the MB community. He also has helped foster Moses Brown’s relationship with the Project Goal program.
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  • 2016 Bernard V. Buonanno '55 Service to Alma Mater

    Bernard V. Buonanno ’55 P’84 ’87 ’92 is an ever-present and longstanding volunteer leader at Moses Brown. A former MB Board Chair, parent and now grandparent, he served on the MB Board from 1978-1987 and was chair of the Board from 1982-1987. Bernie has been a member of his class reunion committees for decades, has served on the Nominating Committee, and the Campaign for Moses Brown School Steering and Executive Committees. He also chaired the 1994 Head of School search committee.
    Bernie is a partner with Riparian Partners, a Providence investment bank, and was previously a partner at the law firm of Edwards and Angell. He is chairman of the R.I. Convention Center Authority.
    A graduate of Brown University, he’s held a number of volunteer leadership positions at the University including trustee from 1972 to 1977. Bernie received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University.
    Bernie was a stand-out basketball player for Moses Brown and is a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
    Three of his five children are MB graduates: Bernie Buonanno III '84, Jody Buonanno Shue '87, and Margaret Buonanno Lynch '92. His daughter Carolyn Buonanno Chase teaches history in the middle school.
    It is rumored that Bernie has witnessed more MB athletic contests than any alum in history!
  • 2016 Willem Van Lancker '06 Outstanding Young Alumnus

    Willem Van Lancker ’06 is an entrepreneur and product designer best known for being the co-founder and chief product officer of Oyster, an ebook subscription service acquired by Google last fall. Willem is an angel investor in creatively-led startups and an advisor to Designer Fund. 
    Previously, he was a lead designer on Google Maps and a designer at Apple, IDEO, and adidas. His work has been featured and recognized by the Museum of Modern Art, AIGA, the New Yorker, the New York Times, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and more. He studied graphic design at RISD where he co-organized a joint Brown-RISD conference on the power of social and environmental activism and collaboration in design - A Better World by Design – which continues today and is now in its ninth year, attracting thousands of young designers, inventors, and poli­cymakers from all corners of the world.                                                 
    Willem was named to Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list in 2015. He currently lives in New York. Beyond startups and design, he enjoys reading, travel, and rooting for the Patriots.
    Fun fact: Willem designed the logo on the current bottles for Rhode Island’s own iconic Yacht Club Soda brand.
  • 2016 A.T. Wall II '71 Distinguished Alumnus Award

    A.T. Wall II ’71 is Director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. A.T.’s career in corrections began in 1976 as a line probation officer.  After his graduation from law school, he served as a prosecutor in Manhattan and then joined the Vera Institute of Justice, where he directed a sentencing project for chronic offenders convicted in New York City.  He returned to his native state of Rhode Island in 1985 and worked in the Governor’s Policy Office on criminal justice matters.  
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  • 2016 Ransom Griffin Faculty Member of the Year

    Congratulations to Ransom Griffin, upper school English, recipient of the MBAA Faculty Member of the Year Award. Ransom joined the middle school faculty in 1979 and moved to the upper school in 1999. He served as English department chair from 1992-2010, coached girls' basketball for several years, serves on the Discipline Committee, and has been the varsity golf coach since 1997. Ransom coordinates MB's annual visiting poet series and is advisor for Omnia, the school literary magazine. A student once commented, "Ransom has a distinct ability to connect with students and he always finds innovative says to bring literature to life."
  • 2016 Steven G. Calabresi '76 Distinguished Alumnus Award

    Steven graduated from the Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island in 1976. He then attended Yale College from which he graduated cum laude in 1980,[3] and Yale Law School, where he was the Note & Topics Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and went on to clerk for The Hon. Robert Bork on the D.C. Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.
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  • 2016 Emanuela Binello '91 MD, PhD, ScD 25th Reunion Alumna Achievement Award

    Emanuela Binello MD, PhD, ScD completed her medical education at Harvard Medical School and was in the Health Sciences and Technology (HST) society. At the same time, she completed a doctorate of science in HST through the Medical Engineering and Medical Physics program of the Harvard-MIT Division of HST, including extensive experience as a clinical teaching assistant and clinical trial coordinator. This was the culmination of her educational experience in the Boston area, having previously completed a bachelor's degree in Russian Studies, and bachelor’s, master’s and doctor of philosophy degrees in Nuclear Engineering at MIT.
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  • Christopher P. Baker '70 - Service to Alma Mater

    With the acknowledgement that MB’s Quaker education taught him tolerance, compassion, and a good work ethic, Chris served on the Moses Brown Board from 2004-2009, the Development Committee from 2012-2015.
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  • Nuala Cabral '99 - Outstanding Young Alumna

    Nuala Cabral is an educator, activist and award-winning filmmaker, who teaches media production and media literacy in high schools, colleges and community centers.
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  • Arthur Grace '65 - Distinguished Alumnus

    Arthur Grace ’65 began his professional career in 1973 as a staff photographer for United Press International. During his award-winning career in journalism spanning three decades, he covered stories worldwide as a contract photographer for Time magazine and a staff photographer for Newsweek magazine.
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  • F. Sessions Cole '65 - Distinguished Alumnus Award

    F. Sessions Cole ’65 is the Chief Medical Officer at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He specializes in newborn medicine, infant lung disease, family centered care. He was recognized by St. Louis Magazine and Best Doctors, Inc., as a “Best Doctor in America” and by Castle Connolly as among “America’s Top Doctors.”
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  • 2015 Kaplan Mobray '90 25th Reunion Achievement Award

    Kaplan is a motivational business speaker and author of “The 10Ks of Personal Branding”. Kaplan is also a professional musician, and entrepreneur. Kaplan draws from his over 15 years of corporate experience as a successful business executive where he led corporate marketing, advertising, and brand development initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. He teaches organizations how to transform their business, increase their brand reputation and motivates individuals to become effective leaders. Read more below...
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  • Ted Winston '74 - Service to Alma Mater Award Recipient

    Ted has a long history of service to Moses Brown. He has served on the board of the MBAA as treasurer and vice president, and as president from 2004 to 2007, during which time he was a member of the Buildings and Grounds and Development Committees. During his tenure, Ted helped build the alumni golf outing, expand the Athletic Hall of Fame and energize the alumni board. A member of the Class of 1974, Ted was honored as a co-recipient of the 25th Reunion Alumni/ae Achievement Award. An MB parent (Shannon ’96 and Daniel ’05), Ted along with his wife, Denise, served as chair of the Annual Fund and of Moses Brown Day. Ted is a long-time Annual Fund and CMBS supporter.
    Active in the community, Ted has served on the board of Temple Beth-El, and as Treasurer of Camp Jori and the Miriam Hospital Foundation boards, where he continues to serve.
    Ted is the product manager for WorkWise, LLC., a leading provider of enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management solutions.
  • Chloe Johnston '95 - 2014 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award Recipient

    Chloe Johnston is a writer, director, and teacher in Chicago and an Assistant Professor of Theater at Lake Forest College. Her original plays and performances have been called "lively and affecting" by the Chicago Tribune, "inspired" by the Chicago Sun-Times , and "moving, engaging, thought-provoking" by Time Out Chicago. Her solo work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune.
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  • Matt Runci '64

    2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award - Matthew A. Runci '64

    Video Tribute to Matthew A. Runci

    Matt’s career in the jewelry industry spans four decades, during time he served as CEO of Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America and then as JA's President & CEO. His career is marked by a dedication to responsible business practices, with a strong commitment to improving supply chain transparency and consumer confidence in the fine jewelry industry and its products. His achievements in this realm are vast including: his involvement in the establishment of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme; his role as founding chairman of the Responsible Jewelry Council and his support of its efforts to introduce best practices in the industry from mine to retail; and the development of JA's Professional Certification Program and its political action committee, JAPAC.
    Matt’s present company is Sustainable and Responsible Solutions, of which he has been director since January. Matt has been a consistent reunion volunteer, has been an annual fund volunteer and has attended his reunions for the last 20 years. He has two grandsons at MB, and his son Chris is an alumnus '88.
  • J. Cruz Goler '89

    2014 J. Cruz Goler 25th Reunion Alumnus Achievement Award

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    Cruz is currently the Chef di Cuisine of Lupa Osteria Romana in New York, having begun his cooking career making fresh pasta with his grandmother while an MB student. He holds a BA in Psychology from Boston College. After receiving his AOS in Culinary Arts at the CIA, Cruz went on to work in the kitchens of some of the country's best chefs. Directly after graduating, he worked for Scott Bryan at Luma, and then moved on to Union Pacific where he worked under Rocco di Spirito for two years. He was a Sous Chef for two more years before becoming Chef di Cuisine of Jean George's Mercer Kitchen. In 2005, he joined the Batali-Bastianich group as Executive Sous Chef to open Del Posto and stayed there for 2 years while they earned 2 Michelin stars and 3 stars from the NY Times. Cruz has been lauded in the press for his efforts to reduce waste in the food services industry, and his local sourcing. He has spent time opening restaurants in Asia, and researching and sourcing in Italy and South America. Personally, he is an avid biker and part-time fly-fisherman. He spent time between college and the CIA working the Prudence Island Ferry and getting into the culinary scene and winter sport world in Aspen. Before starting at MB in second grade, he lived in Nantucket, LA, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and Argentina.
  • Robert D. Mann '69 - Service to Alma Mater Award Recipient

    Robbie joined the Moses Brown Board of Trustees in 2001 and served the School in a number of capacities, including as Treasurer, Chair of the Budget & Finance Committee, and member of the Executive, Investment and Development Committees. In addition to his service to Moses Brown...
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  • Omar Siddiqi '91 - Outstanding Young Alumnus Award Recipient

    Omar is working to improve the health and health system of people in Zambia and to advance the field of neuroscience in a part of the globe where it has been frequently neglected. "In some small way, I hope that I am helping to curb the AIDS epidemic here," he says.
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  • Robert D. Krause '63 - 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award

    A prominent member of the R.I. judiciary, Superior Court Judge Bob Krause has presided at hundreds of trials throughout the state during the past 25 years. He received the Judicial Merit Award from the R.I. Trial Lawyers Association in 2003. Prior to his appointment to the bench in 1986, he was a private practitioner and spent several years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in California and R.I. As an MB student, Bob excelled in four varsity sports and co-captained the school’s first undefeated basketball team. He earned his B.A. and J.D. from Amherst and Georgetown, respectively. Judge Krause has received MB’s Alumni Achievement Award, been inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, and served on its board of trustees. He is also a talented artist whose photographs and art have been displayed in the R.I. Superior Court, RISD Museum of Art, and Providence River Animal Hospital (and in the Krause Gallery this Reunion weekend).
  • Wiley Cerilli '98

    Wiley Cerilli '98 - 2012 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

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  • Bruce A. Shaw - 2013 Faculty Member of the Year Award

    Upper school math teacher Bruce Shaw has been named this year's Faculty Member of the Year. Bruce has taught math at MB since 1977 and has played a key role in MB's performing arts. "We are engaged in educating the whole student and expect students to grow in many ways: academic, artistic, athletic, social, and spiritual" Bruce says. "I enjoy that my part in that process is not too narrow. I love that I can build a theater set with a student I have taught in geometry-or with a student I won't ever see in a math class." Bruce will receive his award at Reunion from the MB Alumni Association on Friday, May 10. Congratulations, Bruce!
  • Emily Low Boenning '81

    Emily Low Boenning '81 - 2012 Service to Alma Mater Award

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  • Mark L. Lasser - 2013 25th Reunion Alumnus Achievement Award

    ATTORNEY AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONAL After MB, Mark attended Duke University, majoring in history and economics. He spent his junior year at Oxford University in England. Between college and graduate school, he lived in South Africa and worked as a research assistant in health economics and taught microeconomics at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mark then attended law school at Northwestern University in Chicago, serving as the articles editor of the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business. For the next six years, he practiced law in Michigan and San Francisco, focusing on commercial litigation, business counseling, and antitrust law. Beginning in 2002, Mark has focused on international development, human rights, and justice reform work, living more than seven years overseas and managing rule of law projects typically funded by USAID or the U.S. State Department. He implemented projects for the American Bar Association in Albania and Azerbaijan, operated a human rights trial monitoring project in Kosovo, managed a judicial training project in Afghanistan, and supervised justice reform and good governance/anti-corruption projects in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. He has been a Fulbright Teaching and Research Scholar to Albania, where he taught law and researched the effect of corruption on anti-trafficking laws. Mark lives in California and manages the Lasser Law Office, a law firm focusing on commercial litigation and business counseling, and is executive director of the Sierra Rule of Law Center. He is v.p. of the board of the Fulbright Association of Northern California.
  • Peter T. Kilborn '57

    2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient
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  • David A. Morsilli '87

    2012 25th Reunion Alumnus Achievement Award Recipient
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  • Jeffrey M. Barry '86

    2011 25th Reunion Alumnus Achievement Award
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  • Marie Ewens Brown '95

    2011 Outstanding Young Alumna Award
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  • Muneer I. Ahmad '89

    Muneer I. Ahmad ’89 - 2009 Outstanding Young Alumnus/a Award Recipient

    Muneer joined the Yale Law School faculty in July as a clinical professor of law. He has also taught at American University's Washington College of Law and Georgetown University. He is a specialist in immigration law and international human rights.
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  • Chris Hill '70

    2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award
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  • Darrell S. Ross '65

    2011 Service to Alma Mater Award
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  • James R. Skillings - 2009 Faculty Member of the Year Award

    James R. Skillings - 2009 Faculty Member of the Year Award

    Jim was an All- State athlete and captain at East Providence High School in soccer and hockey. He is a 1982 graduate of Rhode Island College. Jim has been teaching and coaching middle school soccer, basketball and baseball at MB for the past 28 years and has done so with a true joie de vivre for working with young people.
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  • Tom Chappell '61

    2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient
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  • Uday N. Kumar '90

    2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
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  • Barry W. Fain '60

    2010 Service to Alma Mater Award
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  • 25th Reunion Alumnus Achievement Award

    Eugene G. Bernardo

    2010 25th Reunion Alumnus Achievement Award
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  • Russell H. Carpenter '59 - 2009 Service Alma Mater Award Recipient

    Russell H. Carpenter '59 - 2009 Service Alma Mater Award Recipient

    Russ has enjoyed many professional honors and awards for his work as an attorney in Washington, DC. He is also well known for his pro bono work for organizations such as the International Law Institute, and a human rights organization in Nigeria, which reflect how Russ has embodied the Quaker mission of our school.
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Faculty Member of the Year
Each year, the Moses Brown Alumni Association honors a member of the faculty for his or her impact on the school community. Chosen from many fine teachers, the recipient is recognized as an outstanding professional, educator, mentor, and friend.

1998 Louise Heckman
1999 Connie Raymond and Betsy Zimmerman
2000 King Odell
2001 William Mullin
2002 Jack Craig
2003 Florence Battle
2004 Dennis Dobbyn
2005 Doug and Kathy MacLeod
2006 Martina Dalton-Quinn
2007 Jim English
2008 Betsy Archibald
2009 Jim Skillings
2011 Jamie German
2012 Randy Street
2013 Bruce Shaw
2014 Barry Marshall
2015 Anne P. Landis
2016 Ransom Griffin III

The Outstanding Young Alumnus/a Award

The Outstanding Young Alumnus/a Award honors a recent alumnus for outstanding accomplishments and service in his or her professional, personal, or civic life. His or her achievements inspire young alumni and bring honor to Moses Brown. Past recipients include:

2002 Matthew Brown '87
2003 David Wilner '83
2004 Lizzie Simon '94
2005 no selection
2006 Molly Bliss '86
2007 Cass Sapir '97
2008 Scott Brown '94
2009 Muneer Ahmad '89
2010 Uday Kumar '90
2011 Marie Ewens Brown '95
2012 Wiley Cerilli '98
2013 Omar Siddiqi '99
2014 Chloe Johnston '95
2015 Nuala Cabral '99
2016 Willem Van Lanker '06

The 25th Reunion Alumnus/a Achievement Award
Since 1966, the Moses Brown Alumni Association has presented the Alumni Achievement Award to a member of the 25th Reunion Class in recognition of professional excellence and outstanding service to the community. Past recipients include:

1966 Henry D. Sharpe, Jr. ’41
1967 Richard H. Webster ’42
1968 R. Clinton Fuller III ’43
1969 Theodore F. Low ’44
1970 Wilson F. Utter ’45
1971 Howard W. Armbrust ’46
1972 F. Monroe Allen ’47
1973 Robert A. Marsello ’48
1974 Frederick L. Pratt ’49
1975 Harris N. Rosen ’50
1976 Halsey C. Herreshoff ’51
1977 Richard D. Worrell ’52
1978 Samuel N. Chase ’53
1979 George Phillips Kelly ’54
1980 Donald R. Hysko ’55
1981 Norman D. Baker, Jr. ’56
1982 Russell A. Boss ’57
1983 Howard H. Dana, Jr. ’58
1984 Russell Carpenter, Jr. ’59
1985 John R. Nixon ’60
1986 Peter W. Cobb ’61
1987 Vincent A. DeCesaris ’62
1988 Robert D. Krause ‘63
1989 Richard A. Licht ‘64
1990 Darrell S. Ross ’65
1991 Allan G. Hassenfeld ’66
1992 N. A. Mark Estes ’67
1993 Paul A. Silver ’68
1994 F. Paul Mooney, Jr. ’69
1995 Nathaniel C. Earle ’70
1995 Peter J. Rotelli ’70
1996 Peter H. Gross '71
1997 John M. Blacher ’72
1997 Edmond R. Nickerson ’72
1998 Gregory R. Marsello ’73
1999 Matthew J. Capone ’74
1999 Herbert F. DeSimone ’74
1999 Theodore M. Winston ’74
2000 John K. Triedman ’75
2001 Steven G. Triedman ’76
2002 Evan J. Granoff ’77
2003 Scott A. Triedman ’78
2004 Karin Morse ’79
2005 Edward L. Widmer ’80
2006 Emily Low Boenning ’81
2007 Tom Cotter ’82
2008 Brian A. Nichols '83
2009 Michael G. Geffroy '84
2009 Frederick "Rick" J. Metters '84
2010 Eugene G. Bernardo '85
2011 Jeffrey M. Barry '86
2012 David A. Morsilli '87
2013 Mark L. Lasser '88
2014 J. Cruz Goler '89
2015 Kaplan G. Mobray '90
2016 Emanuela Binello '91

Moses Brown School Alumnus/a Service to Alma Mater Award
The Moses Brown Alumnus/a Service to Alma Mater Award recognizes an alumnus for outstanding service to Moses Brown School. His or her voluntary contributions have been long term, extend beyond the work of most volunteers, and speak to MB's proud tradition of service to community. His or her work not only has forwarded the mission of Moses Brown School, but also has made a lasting difference in the community. Past recipients include:

2002 Steele Blackall '42
2003 William Claflin '46
2004 Donald Dwares '55
2005 Theodore F. Low '44
2006 Paul A. Silver '68
2007 N.A. Mark Estes '67
2008 Marshall H. Cannell '48
2009 Russell H. Carpenter '59
2010 Barry W. Fain '60
2011 Darrell S. Ross '65
2012 Emily Low Boening '81
2013 Robert D. Mann '69
2014 Ted Winston '74
2015 Christopher P. Baker '70
2016 Bernard V. Buonanno '55

The Distinguished Alumnus/a Award
The Distinguished Alumnus/a Award recognizes an alumnus for significant, long-term success in personal and professional achievements, who has made outstanding contributions to his or her profession and has rendered distinguished service to the public welfare, thus honoring Moses Brown School. Past recipients include:

2002 Franklin W. Robinson '57
2003 John E. Dowling '53
2004 Richard I. Burton '54
2005 Richard Fain '65
2006 Will Mackenzie '56
2007 Ron Boss '57
2008 Howard Dana '58
2009 Peter H. Kilmarx '79
2010 Chris Hill '70
2011 Tom Chappell '61
2012 Peter T. Kilborn '57
2013 Robert D. Krause '63
2014 Matthew A. Runci '64
2015 F. Sessions Cole '65
2015 Arthur Grace '65
2016 A.T. Wall II '71
2016 Steven G. Calabresi '76