2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards

AlberteRandall S. Alberte '69
Chief Scientific Officer, Herbal Science Group LLC

A biology major and chemistry minor at Gettysburg College, Dr. Randall Alberte was a passionate researcher whose proliferation of publications, inventions, and innovations advanced science through the acquisition of knowledge and mankind through its application. His life's work contributed to significant leaps in national defense as well as breakthroughs in human health and immunity.

His career connected three disparate cultures: academe, government, and consumer biotechnology. His insatiable curiosity, a creative and agile mind, and the highest standards for research and development practices marked his achievements in all sectors. He held top-secret security clearance and received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the Department of the Navy, is listed as primary or sole inventor on more than 90 issued or pending patents, and authored hundreds of scientific publications. Prior to his death in 2010, he was chief science officer at HerbalScience Group LLC and led efforts to develop reliable and effective botanical immune health products.

The Randall S. Alberte Fund for Student-Faculty Research in Biology established as his legacy and in his memory will ensure that future generations of Gettysburg College students will have the opportunity to collaborate on scientific investigations with faculty.


Daria FosterDaria (Lo Presti) Foster '76
Managing Partner and President and Director of Lord Abbett Mutual Funds

Lord Abbett & Co. LLC

An English major, after graduating Gettysburg College Daria (Lo Presti) Foster '76 entered the financial services industry and quickly ascended in the field, becoming the youngest vice president at the Irving Trust Company before joining Lord Abbett & Co. LLC, one of the nation's oldest investment management firms. She joined the firm in 1990 and in 1996 became its first female partner. She is credited with transforming the firm's institutional investment business and expanding the sales and marketing groups. Today, as managing partner, she is responsible for the firm's global operations and is president and director of Lord Abbett Mutual Funds.

Daria and her late husband William shared a deep commitment to education and have been selfless with their service and philanthropy, advancing education reform and the liberal arts. Daria has served Gettysburg as a trustee, and member of the Commission on the Future and the New York Leadership Group, and has worked with the Center for Career Development as an invaluable resource to Gettysburg students seeking careers in finance.


O'BryanDavid S. O'Bryon '72
President and CEO, O'Bryon and Company

In 1970, as campuses across the nation became divided over the issues of the day, David S. O'Bryon '72 helped create Symposium '70, an initiative that brought speakers from the national spotlight to Gettysburg for thoughtful conversation over current events and policies. A member of Phi Gamma Delta, O'Bryon also served as a class senator, dorm counselor, and chair of the Student Conduct Review Board, managing those responsibilities while majoring in political science and competing in wrestling and football. He has remained a loyal and valued volunteer with the College and his fraternity.

Upon graduation he served on the campaign and legislative staffs of U.S. Congressman Gilbert Gude (R-MD) and later on the staff of his successor, while earning his law degree at the Potamac School of Law. After many years as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill, he entered the field of association management and government relations. Today, as founder and president of O'Bryon and Company, he focuses on association management and public affairs, especially related to complementary and alternative health care and chiropractics.

O'Bryon and his wife Margaret have two children, Elisabeth and David. In 1998, his sister, Laurie O'Bryon '82 received the Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition for her international humanitarian efforts.


SmatreskNeal J. Smatresk '73
President, University of Nevada

A biology major at Gettysburg, Neal J. Smatresk '73 received his Ph.D in zoology from the University of Texas at Austin and post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He served on the faculty of the Department of Biology at the University of Texas at Arlington as professor, department chair, and dean of science. He concentrated his research on gaining a better understanding how the respiratory neurobiology of vertebrates changed in the evolutionary transition from water to air breathing. His work garnered substantial grant support and resulted in numerous publications and presentations.

He was appointed academic officer of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and led that institution to national and international prominence for research. In 2007 he joined the University of Nevada Las Vegas as executive vice president and provost, becoming president in 2009. Neal and Deborah Smatresk have a daughter, Kristen, and son, Erik.