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Awards

KUDOS Celebrating Service Annual ceremonies recognize the achievements and service of alumni and friends.
honoree Judy Wilmot Linehan, the late William Wilmot, and Thomas Wilmot Sr.
Dean’s Medal, School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • honoree Peter Standish ’64
    James S. Armstrong Alumni Service Award, School of Arts & Sciences
  • honoree Debra Dorfman Drumheller ’74
    John N. Wilder Award, School of Arts & Sciences
  • honoree Theophano Mitsa ’91 (PhD)
    Distinguished Alumnus Award, Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences Award
  • honoree David Satcher ’72M (Res), ’95 (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumnus Award, School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • honoree Ian Wilson ’99M (MD), ’04M (Res), ’06M (Flw)
    Alumni Achievement Award, School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • honoree Norman Abell ’51M (MD)
    Humanitarian Award, School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • honoree Bernard Guyer ’70M (MD)
    Humanitarian Award, School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • honoree Elethea (Lee) Caldwell ’73M (Res)
    Alumni Service Award, School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • honoree Michael Buckley
    John N. Wilder Award, School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • honoree Janet Scala ’55N
    Dean’s Medal, School of Nursing
  • honoree Patricia Tabloski ’89N (PhD)
    Distinguished Alumna Award, School of Nursing
  • honoree Aldo Fioravanti
    Legacy Award, School of Nursing
  • honoree Thelma Wells
    Legacy Award, School of Nursing
  • honoree Patricia Bull ’74N
    Humanitarian Award, School of Nursing
  • honoree Steven Berglund ’77S (MBA)
    Distinguished Alumnus Award, Simon Business School
  • honoree Danielle Beyer ’05, ’06S (MBA)
    Alumni Service Award, Simon Business School
  • honoree Meena Singh ’85S (MBA)
    Alumni Service Award, Simon Business School
  • honoree Jim Doyle Jr.
    John N. Wilder Award, Simon Business School

School of Arts & Sciences

James S. Armstrong Alumni Service Award

Peter Standish ’64, a life trustee of the University, is a retired partner of the law firm Weil, Gotschal & Manges, where he specialized in antitrust and trade regulation. He has served on several committees of the Board of Trustees, has helped lead the Class of 1964’s milestone reunion committees, and served on other University leadership groups. He and his wife, Lenore, are charter members of the George Eastman Circle, the University’s leadership annual giving society, and they have established a scholarship for undergraduates in Arts, Sciences & Engineering.

John N. Wilder Award

Debra Dorfman Drumheller ’74 held several executive positions during a 30-year career with ExxonMobil. She serves on the Arts, Sciences & Engineering National Council and on the Washington, D.C., Regional Cabinet. She and her husband, Robert, are charter members of the George Eastman Circle, and have established a scholarship for undergraduates studying economics.

Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Theophano Mitsa ’91 (PhD) is a coinventor of the blue noise mask, one of the most lucrative inventions in the University’s history. After a career in academic engineering, Mitsa has been an independent consultant, specializing in data science. A member of the Boston Regional Cabinet and the George Eastman Circle, Mitsa and the coinventor of the blue noise mask, Kevin Parker, have established a scholarship for students in the Hajim School.

School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dean’s Medal

The Wilmot Family has supported cancer research and care at the University for more than 30 years. Since 1981 the James P. Wilmot Foundation and members of the Wilmot family have provided tens of millions of dollars in support for academic, scholarship, and building initiatives. The James P. Wilmot Cancer Institute is named in recognition of the support of the family.

Distinguished Alumnus Award

David Satcher ’72M (Res), ’95 (Honorary) served as the 16th surgeon general of the United States. He also has served as assistant secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services, and as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently the Poussaint-Satcher-Crosby Chair in Mental Health at the Morehouse School of Health, he established an award program at the Medical Center to recognize the contributions of faculty and staff to the community health of Rochester.

Alumni Achievement Award

Ian Wilson ’99M (MD), ’04M (Res), ’06M (Flw) is a radiologist and assistant professor in the Department of Imaging Sciences. Wilson founded a nonprofit organization that supports a Rochester-area street art festival and a medical philanthropy organization that provides basic x-ray services to underserved communities and a web-based network of volunteer radiologists to analyze digitally transmitted x-rays.

Humanitarian Award

Norman Abell ’51M (MD) was a career missionary in the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society as a physician surgeon and hospital administrative leader. Beginning in 1956, Abell, with his wife, Jean, led medical initiatives in rural areas that are now part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Abell died in 2012. The award was presented posthumously.

Bernard Guyer ’70M (MD) is the Zanvyl Krieger Professor Emeritus of Children’s Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. In research and clinical positions at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Johns Hopkins over his 40-year career, Guyer has helped lead initiatives to improve maternal and child health in rural Africa, the northeast United States, and other parts of the world.

Alumni Service Award

Elethea (Lee) Caldwell ’73M (Res) is a professor emeritus of surgery at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. After completing her residency, Caldwell became a faculty member in the Division of Plastic Surgery, focusing her practice on the care of children with congenital deformities. Among her leadership positions, she served as medical director of the Ambulatory Care Center at Strong Memorial Hospital. She and her husband, Robert ’61M (MD), ’69M (Res), are members of the George Eastman Circle, and they have established a scholarship program for undergraduates interested in the study of medicine, as well as funding other support for students at the Medical Center.

John N. Wilder Award

Michael Buckley, a partner at the Rochester law firm of Boylan Code, has served on leadership boards at the Medical Center for more than 30 years. A member of the George Eastman Circle, Buckley has chaired the Highland Hospital Foundation, cochaired the hospital’s capital campaign committee, and chaired the Medical Center’s development committee.

School of Nursing

Dean’s Medal

Janet Scala ’55N is a retired surgical and office nurse. She founded the New Jersey League for Educational Advancement of Registered Nurses (LEARN) which helps inactive nurses return to active practice. She and her husband, Robert ’58M (PhD), are charter members of the George Eastman Circle, and they have established scholarships and stipend programs for students in nursing and in medicine.

Distinguished Alumna Award

Patricia Tabloski ’89N (PhD) is an associate professor and former dean for graduate programs at the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. A former member of the faculty of the School of Nursing and the Department of Medicine, Tabloski has held faculty posts at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Connecticut.

Legacy Award

Aldo Fioravanti is a retired assistant director for the physical plant at the Medical Center. During a 22-year career at the University, Fioravanti was a construction engineer during a time when the square footage of the Medical Center doubled. Fioravanti established a scholarship for nursing students in recognition of his late wife, Anne, and his daughter, Joanne Fioravanti Makielski ’75N, ’78N (MS).

Thelma Wells is a professor emerita and a faculty research consultant at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. As faculty members at the School of Nursing, Wells and her colleague, Carol Anne Brink ’56N, ’62N, created a master of science degree program in gerontological nursing and cofounded the first continence clinic in the United States. Wells has been a leading supporter of a professorship to recognize Brinks.

Humanitarian Award

Patricia Bull ’74N is a retired captain in the U.S. Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. As the volunteer lead for the Disaster Health Services team of the San Diego/Imperial Counties chapter of the American Red Cross, Bull has helped set up and staff evacuation centers in Houston after Hurricane Katrina, in San Diego after wild fires, and in El Centro, California, after a 2010 earthquake. A supporter of the School of Nursing’s annual fund, she has volunteered for fundraising and reunion activities.

John N. Wilder Award

The Davenport-Hatch Foundation has supported student scholarships and academic programs at the School of Nursing for decades. The foundation was established in 1952 by Augustus Hatch, whose daughters, Helen Hatch Heller ’37, ’37N and Elizabeth Hatch Hildebrandt, helped establish a scholarship that has assisted more than 200 nursing students and that represents one of the school’s largest endowments. The foundation has also supported University initiatives at the Eastman School of Music, the Memorial Art Gallery, Golisano Children’s Hospital, Highland Hospital, the Wilmot Cancer Institute, Simon Business School, and Visiting Nurse Service.

Simon Business School

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Steven Berglund ’77S (MBA) is president and CEO of Trimble Navigation, a company that designs and distributes positioning devices and applications that use GPS, optical, laser, and wireless technology. Berglund has held executive positions with several Silicon Valley companies since the 1980s, and he serves as chairman of the board of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. A member of the George Eastman Circle, Berglund visits the Simon School frequently and has recruited fellow Simon graduates to Trimble.

Alumni Service Award

Danielle Beyer ’05, ’06S (MBA) is managing director and head of investor relations at Mariner Investment Group. She has served as the leader of the Simon School’s Alumni Network of New York City, supporting the school’s alumni programming and other activities. A member of the George Eastman Circle, she has been an active volunteer for College and Simon reunion programs.

Meena Singh ’85S (MBA) is CEO of BRISC-CARR Group, a Canadian social enterprise that she cofounded to help underprivileged youth in India build employable skills. An active Simon alumna, Singh has served on the Simon Alumni Council, helped support the school’s initiatives in Toronto and Mumbai, India, and helped initiate the school’s executive education programs in India. She and her husband, Vijay Shankar, are members of the George Eastman Circle.

John N. Wilder Award

Jim Doyle Jr. is the executive director and founding member of ProVenture (Far East), a beauty care instrument company. He also chairs Baycross Christian Family Foundation, a charitable organization for homeless families in southwest Florida. Doyle established the James N. Doyle, Sr. Professorship in Entrepreneurship at the Simon Business School in recognition of his father, who was a faculty member at Simon.

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