Gettysburg College alumni honored for professional development and service

Gettysburg College honored alumni for achievements in fields ranging from neonatology to human resources and for dedicated service to the College.

Alumni received their awards in a ceremony on campus during Reunion Weekend in June.

In citations that accompanied the awards, Gettysburg College President Janet Riggs, Class of 1977, outlined the graduates' achievements and expressed the College's pride and gratitude.

Honorees included the following.

2010 Meritorious Service Award
Bruce Alan Baky
Sherrin (Hilburt) Baky
Both Class of 1965

Sherrin and Bruce met at Gettysburg College in their freshman Bible class and married nine months after their graduation.

B BakyA history major, Bruce earned a master's in business administration at Fordham University and held executive positions in banking and finance. A skilled Revolutionary War reenactor, he served on the boards of historic preservation organizations and on the College's Board of Fellows, Commission on the Future, Unfinished Work campaign national steering committee, Gettysburg Connections, and Philadelphia Leadership Group. With his passing in 2007, the College lost an admired leader.

S BakyFor 30 years, Sherrin conducted research with pharmaceutical and medical device companies. She founded a clinical trials management business and, after its merger, headed the worldwide association of clinical research professionals. A member of the College's Board of Trustees until 2009, she served on the Board of Fellows, Commission on the Future, Alumni Board, and on the founding oversight board of the College's Sunderman Conservatory of Music.

2010 Meritorious Service Award
Cheryl (Walker) Davis
Class of 1975

Davis served on the College's Board of Fellows and Commission on the Future and has helped to shape mentoring programs through Gettysburg Career Connections, Bright Lights Big City, and the Alumni Mentor Retreat. She earned the Harrisburg Alumni Club Service Award and Women of Distinction honor and was instrumental in establishing the College's chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho. As an undergraduate she was captain of cheerleaders and a leader involved in the College Union Board, Black Student Union, Chapel Council Lecture Committee and a tutorial program for local minority youths. She majored in elementary education, earned a law degree at the University of South Carolina, and became Director of the Office of Special Assistants for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, overseeing more than 50 technical and legal professionals.

2010 Young Alumni Achievement Award for Professional Development
Gretchen Ann (Myers) Krimmel
Class of 1995

KrimmelA neonatologist and professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Krimmel earned her degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her internship and residencies at Albert Einstein Medical Center. She was awarded fellowships in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and earned specialty certifications from the American Board of Pediatrics and subboard of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. A biology major at Gettysburg, Krimmel was a member of the Pre-Health Professions Society and earned the Betty M. Barnes Memorial Award in Biology. A campus tour guide, orientation leader, and class officer, Krimmel was a leader in the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and Pan Hellenic Council and was inducted into the Order of Omega. Krimmel and husband Charles, Class of 1995, live in Pittsburgh with daughters Adylade, Corinne, and Paige.

2010 Young Alumni Achievement Award for Professional Development
Tricia (Summers) Cranmer
Class of 1995

CranmerCranmer graduated from Gettysburg College with honors in management. Her student experiences as tour guide and Get-Acquainted Day coordinator helped prepare her for positions in human resources and recruitment with Merck and ARAMARK. She earned a master's in human resources management at Widener University and joined global executive search firm Spencer Stuart. She is founder and managing principal of The Summers Group LLC, which builds leadership teams in many industries. She also helps recruit new students through the Key Alumni Resource Effort (K.A.R.E.) and serves on the Young Alumni Committee, Philadelphia Planning Committee, and as a class agent and past reunion committee member. She was instrumental in the effort to endow a scholarship memorializing Richelle (Renza) Dwight, Class of 1997. She is on the boards of the American Nystagmus Network and Step-by-Step Christian Preschool. She, husband John, and sons Jack and Will live in Moorestown, N.J.

2010 Young Alumni Achievement Award for Service
C. Brett Montich
Class of 2000

montichA four-time letter winner in swimming and member of service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, Montich majored in economics and in management and minored in religion. He earned a master's degree in financial services from American College and holds certifications in financial planning, consulting, and underwriting. He is president of the Philadelphia Alumni Club and serves on the Philadelphia Planning Committee, as class agent, on reunion committees, and as a career mentor to Gettysburg College students. Montich, wife Donna, son Samuel, and daughter Anja reside in King of Prussia, Pa.

2010 Young Alumni Achievement Award for Service
Timothy J. Bish
Class of 1995

bishThe third member of the Bish family to graduate from Gettysburg College, Timothy pursued a special major in political science and criminal justice. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. A member of Sigma Nu, he helped manage the Summer Seminar for First Year Students and took part in the Men's Volleyball Club. He earned his legal degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and has an extensive practice in municipal, land use, and real estate law. In 2007 Philadelphia magazine named him one of Pennsylvania's best up-and-coming lawyers. He lives in Pittsburgh and is a shareholder with the firm Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Jim Hale, online content editor

Posted: Sun, 6 Jun 2010




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