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Distinguished Alumni Award

The current Montclair Kimberley Academy Distinguished Alumni Award was inspired by its predecessor, the Montclair Academy Outstanding Alumnus Award. The purpose of the award is to bestow recognition and appreciation for outstanding achievement. The recipients have achieved distinction in some field of endeavor, or through outstanding character or dedication been of special service to humanity. The award is a meritorious reflection on the school and provides inspiration and encouragement for our young people.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients:

 

  • 2015 - Kassie Canter '75 - Executive VP of Communications, Viacom Music & Entertainment Group
  • 2014 - Susan Schadler '69 - Economist - International Monetary Fund (RETIRED)
  • 2013 - Paige Cottingham-Streater '79 - International Relations Expert
  • 2012 - Bruce Guernsey '62 - Poet and Educator
  • 2011 - Sally Minard '60 - Philanthropist and Businesswoman
  • 2010 - Nancy Booth Kelly '52 - Philanthropist and Businesswoman
  • 2009 -Jeffrey B. Kindler '73 - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer, Philanthropist
  • 2008 - Dr. Alphonsus "Rick" Doerr, Jr. '78 -  Surgeon and Olympic Sailor 
  • 2007 - Melissa Cohn '78 - Businesswoman and philanthropist
  • 2006 - Peter N. Perretti, Jr. '49 - Attorney General for the State of New Jersey, Academy Trustee
  • 2005 - Ross I.S. Zbar '84 - Surgeon and humanitarian
  • 2004 - Virginia Hamilton Adair '29 - Poet and educator
  • 2003 - Barry W. Ridings '70 - Investment banker; Lazard Freres' Restructuring Group
  • 2002 - Laura Scher '76 Pioneering entrepreneur; Working Assets Funding Service
  • 2001 - Parker B. Armstrong '37 - Vice Admiral USN, ret.
  • 2000 - James E. Johnson ' 79 - Undersecretary of the Treasury for Enforcement
  • 1999 - William H. Cook '30 - Aeronautical engineer, Boeing Aircraft
  • 1998 - Robert L. Clifford '42 - New Jersey Supreme Court Justice
  • 1997 - Peter V. K. Funk '39 - Author, lexical semanticist
  • 1996 - Doris Keller Hamlin '36 - Pioneering environmentalist
  • 1995 - Herbert H. Tate Jr. '71 - President, N.J. Board of Public Utilities
  • 1994 - Rudolph H. Deetjen '50 - Educator
  • 1993 - Ellen R. Malcolm '65 - Founder, EMILY's List
  • 1992 - Michael S. Yamashita '67 - International photographer
  • 1991 - Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner '70 - Founder, Lyme Disease Foundation
  • 1990 - Thomas G. Stockham Jr. '51 - Electrical engineer; inventor digital recording
  • 1989 - Philip L. Fradkin '53 - Author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
  • 1988 - Aubin Zabriskie Ames '54 - Quintessential volunteer
  • 1987 - James A. Courter '59 - U.S. Congressman, military expert
  • 1986 - Joseph E. Wiedenmayer '24 - Career diplomat, advocate for the Deaf
  • 1985 - Elizabeth Jones '53 - Chief Sculptor-Engraver, U.S. Mint

Outstanding Alumnus Award

  • 1974 - Roger B. Etherington '41 - President, American National Bank & Trust Co.
  • 1973 - S. Barksdale Penick Jr. '21 - President, S.B. Penick Co., New York
  • 1972 - Arthur A. Goldman '25 - Hotelier, owner All Seasons Hotel & Golf Club
  • 1971 - Dallas S. Townsend Jr. '36 - CBS News journalist
  • 1970 - Spruille Braden '10 - U.S. Ambassador to Colombia (1939-42), Cuba (1942-45), Argentina (1945)
  • 1969 - Howard Van Vleck '22 - Landscape architect, Academy Trustee
  • 1968 - Richard B. Scudder '31- Publisher, The Newark Evening News
  • 1967 - Gustave E. Wiedenmayer '25 - President, National Newark and Essex Banking Co.
  • 1966 - James S. Vandermade '35 - President, Sowerbutt Quarries, Inc.; MA Trustee
  • 1965 - Fairleigh S. Dickinson '37 - President of Becton, Dickinson & Co.
  • 1963 - Lewis Douglas '12 - U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain (1947-50)
  • 1962 - Edwin D. Etherington '42 - President, American Stock Exchange; President, Wesleyan University

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD NOMINATION FORM

To all alumni, parents, trustees, faculty, staff and friends of The Montclair Kimberley Academy:

The Distinguished Alumni Award Committee is hereby accepting nominations.

The recipient should have achieved distinction in some field of endeavor, or through outstanding character or dedication made a special contribution to humanity.

Race, creed, sex or contribution to the school should have no bearing on the choice of recipient.

The purpose of the Distinguished Alumni Award is "to bestow recognition and appreciation for outstanding achievement." This award will be a is a meritorious reflection on the school and provides inspiration and encouragement for our young people. It is hoped that the recipient will come to MKA and address a gathering of alumni and of students.

You may nominate more than one alumna/alumnus. There will be one Distinguished Alumni Award recipient each year; all nominations will be maintained in confidential files for consideration in following years.

Include Professional Involvement, Honors and Accolades, Charitable Activities, and MKA Related Activities (if known).​​​​

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