Twenty honored with Alumni Fellow Award

October 09, 2008

University Park, Pa. — Twenty Penn State alumni were honored Oct. 2 for their outstanding professional accomplishments and given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Since the award was established in 1973, just 618 alumni have been honored with the title of Alumni Fellow, designated a permanent and lifelong title by the Penn State Board of Trustees. This year's Alumni Fellow recipients, along with their graduation year, place of residence, and current title and career affiliation, are:

Catherine E. Adams '79, Washington, D.C., president and CEO, RdR Solutions Consulting LLC;

Dante P. Bonaquist '80, Grand Island, N.Y., chief scientist and senior corporate fellow, Praxair Inc., the largest industrial gases company in North and South America;

Timothy J. Buckley
'74, Raleigh, N.C., principal and CEO, Buckley Investments LLC;

Louis J. D'Ambrosio '86, Bernardsville, N.J., past president and CEO of Avaya Inc., a Fortune 500 technology company and leading provider of communications solutions;

Salvatore D. Fazzolari '77, Mechanicsburg, Pa., chairman and CEO of Harsco Corp., one of the world's largest industrial services companies;

Gerald E. Gipp
'71g, '74g, Alexandria, Va., past executive director, American Indian Higher Education Consortium, supporting the work of the nation's 36 tribal colleges and universities;

Robert E. Hillman '74, '75g, Weston, Mass., co-director and research director, Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital, and associate professor of surgery and health sciences and technology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology;

John R. Hoke III '88, vice president of global footwear, Converse;

John A. Leone '56, Bethlehem, Pa., CEO, chairman and owner of Bonney Forge Corp., designer and manufacturer of flow control products for the energy industry;

David H. Lipson Jr.
'78, Bryn Mawr, Pa., president, Metro Corp., publisher of Philadelphia, Boston and other magazines;

Mary Beth Long '85, Alexandria, Va., assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on international security strategy and policy for the Middle East, Arabian Gulf, Africa and Europe;

Daniel S. Mead '75, '77g, Perkasie, Pa., president, Verizon Services Corp.;

Daniel V. Murray '86, Pasadena, Calif., chief financial officer, Fandango, the largest online, phone and mobile movie ticketing and entertainment service in the U.S.;

Kevin J. Pauza '90g, Tyler, Texas, interventional spine specialist and co-founder and co-owner of Texas Spine and Joint Hospital;

Heather L. Rarick '87, Seabrook, Texas, flight director for Mission Control, NASA's Johnson Space Center;

Richard B. Silverman
'68, Northbrook, Ill., John Evans professor of chemistry, Northwestern University;

James R. Stengel '83g, Cincinnati, recently retired global marketing officer, Proctor & Gamble;

Christine Lewis Taylor
'77g, '86g, Kensington, Md., scholar in nutrition, Institute of Medicine, The National Academies;

John K. Tsui '60, Honolulu, director and vice president, Zilber, Ltd., a nationwide real estate development and investment firm; and chairman, Towne Development; and

Richard M. Walsh '55, Scranton, Pa., founder and retired president and CEO, Walsh Healthcare Associates.

"Alumni are the University's most valuable resource,” said Roger L. Williams '73, '75g, '88g, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association. "The Alumni Fellow program gives us the opportunity to showcase the significant contributions Penn Staters make to our nation and the world. At the same time, we are bringing these alumni ever closer to our shared alma mater.”

The Alumni Fellow recipients were honored at an Oct. 2 ceremony at The Nittany Lion Inn. Each Alumni Fellow received a commemorative award, designed and hand cast by Jeanne Stevens-Sollman, an acclaimed sculptor and medalist who was one of last year's Alumni Fellows. Complete biographies and photos of this year's Alumni Fellows are available at online.

The Alumni Fellow program is administered by the Penn State Alumni Association in cooperation with the University's academic colleges, campuses and the Office of the President. Alumni are nominated by a college or campus as leaders in their professional fields and accept an invitation from the President of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty and administrators.

The Penn State Alumni Association is the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world with more than 160,000 members. Established in 1870, the Alumni Association strives to connect alumni to the University and to each other, provide valuable benefits to members and support the University's mission of teaching, research and service. For more information on the Alumni Association, go to online.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009