Honoring our stellar alumni

Fifty years ago, the Alumni Association created the Distinguished Alumni Award to recognize professional or humanitarian accomplishments. Four grads were recognized on Spring Honors Day in May.

Brig. Gen. Flora D. Darpino ’83 commands the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency and is chief judge of the Army Court of Appeals. She served two tours in Iraq, overseeing efforts to rebuild the legal system. (She and her husband, Col. Christopher O’Brien ’83, were featured in our fall 2011 issue.)

Richard L. Erdman ’68 has helped protect millions of acres in all 50 states as vice president and general counsel of The Conservation Fund, including the National Park Service’s reacquisition of the Harman Farm, a “Day 1” Gettysburg battle site. The fund’s founder is Patrick Noonan ’68, who received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1982.

Pamela Hemenway Simpson ’68 was an art historian, administrator, and champion of women faculty at Washington & Lee University. She chaired the Coeducation Steering Committee when women were first admitted. Following her death in 2011, Washington & Lee established the Pamela H. Simpson Professorship, for “a member of the undergraduate faculty who, like her, exemplifies the highest standards of teaching, scholarship, and service.”

After working with Theatre Now and the National Theater Company in New York City, Charlotte Wilcox ’68 established The Charlotte Wilcox Company, providing production and theater management for many beloved Broadway productions and touring shows. She serves on the Broadway League’s Board of Governors, is active with the League of Professional Theater, and has been a Tony Awards voter.

Some 1,200 alumni were on campus for Reunion Weekend May 31–June 3. Six were honored at the annual awards ceremony.

Meritorious Service Awards went to I. Charles Widger ’67, chair and CEO of Brinker Capital, Inc. and Suzanne Hermann Williams ’62, reading specialist retired from the Gettysburg Area School District.

Young Alumni Achievement Awards for service went to Meredith Bowne Bove ’97, consultant with Suntiva, and Carolyn Holmes Lee ’97, senior tax policy director for the National Association of Manufacturers, and for professional development to James P.D. Fleet II ’02, minority staff director of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Michael C. Manzo ’97, physical therapist and owner of the Atlantic Physical Therapy Centers in New Jersey.

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

Posted: Sun, 2 Sep 2012

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