2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Brig. Gen. Flora D. Darpino ’83
Commanding General, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency
Chief Judge, U.S. Army Court of Appeals

Economics major Flora D. Darpino graduated from Gettysburg in 1983 and earned her juris doctor degree from the School of Law on the Camden campus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She received a direct commission into the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps and pursued a highly challenging career that included two deployments in Iraq, numerous commendations, and the rank of Brigadier General. Darpino is Commanding General of the U.S. Legal Services Agency and Chief Judge of the U.S. Army Court of Appeals. She oversees more than 20 offices, divisions, and activities worldwide and 500 personnel.

Darpino and her husband, Colonel Christopher O’Brien ’83, met as juniors at Gettysburg College. Each pursued a law degree and career in the JAG Corps. They have two daughters, Casey and Kerry.

Richard L. Erdmann ’68
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
The Conservation Fund

A political science major while at Gettysburg, Erdmann is vice president and general counsel of The Conservation Fund, a firm committed to long-term conservation solutions by balancing environmental and economic goals. The Fund was launched in 1985 by Erdmann’s classmate and fellow Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Patrick Noonan ’68.

Erdmann has been recognized for his significant contributions to land conservation and green space preservation and has negotiated land deals in each of the 50 states, conserving millions of acres of land for communities and the nation. The interest he and Noonan shared in the Battle of Gettysburg from their College years led to the creation of The Conservation Fund’s Civil War Battlefield Campaign and the return of the historic Harman Farm, a “Day 1” battle site, to the National Park Service in 2011.

Richard and his wife, Dawn MacPhee, have three adult children: Dietrich, Rachel, and Dana.

Pamela Hemenway Simpson ’68 (awarded posthumously)
Ernest  Williams Professor of Art History
Washington & Lee University

Pamela Hemenway Simpson led an exemplary academic career as a teacher, scholar, and administrator. During her 38 years at Washington and Lee University, Simpson forged a path for women faculty. In the mid-1980s, she chaired the institution’s Coeducation Steering Committee, which implemented the university’s decision to admit women.

A prolific author and a speaker on art and architecture, Simpson was in demand by both academic and lay audiences. She was the recipient of several major teaching awards, including the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Virginia State Council on Higher Education, and held leadership positions in numerous professional and community organizations, as well as in her department and university.

Following her death in 2011, Washington & Lee announced the establishment of the Pamela H. Simpson Professorship, “which will be held by a member of the undergraduate faculty who, like her, exemplifies the highest standards of teaching, scholarship, and service.”

Charlotte Wilcox ’69
Theatrical General Manager
Charlotte Wilcox Company

Classical studies and an interest in acting and the theater led Charlotte Wilcox ’69 to New York City after her graduation. The exciting and creative opportunities that theater management and production offered were a good match for her leadership abilities. After working with Theatre Now and the National Theater Company, she established her own firm. The Charlotte Wilcox Company has managed more than 70 extraordinary productions, including some of the most recognized and beloved on Broadway, as well as many touring productions.

Always eager to mentor current students through the Gettysburg College Center for Career Development, she serves on the Board of Governors of the Broadway League, is active with the League of Professional Theater, and has been a voter for the Tony Awards. Charlotte and her husband, Harvey Miller, make their home in New York.