The following awards were given out at the National Alumni Association meeting during Reunion Weekend 2012
Albert Schweitzer said, “The ones among you who will be
really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” Service to
others has been at the center of your life, Jim Whitters.
After your graduation from Trinity, you served your country
for three years as a U.S. Navy officer. In 1965, as a graduate student at
Columbia University, you volunteered as a teacher for Head Start and coached young
athletes in Harlem. While you were in law school at Boston College, you helped
found the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau, still in existence today,
which provides legal services to low-income people in the Greater Boston area.
In 1969, you earned your law degree from Boston College,
passing the Massachusetts Bar that same year. Even as a busy trial lawyer for
several Boston firms, including 25 years with Gaston Snow & Ely Barton, you
found time to devote to civic activism. You served on the boards of Greater
Boston Legal Services and the Massachusetts NAACP Legal Defense and Education
Fund. In 1983, Governor Michael Dukakis appointed you to the Massachusetts
Judicial Nominating Commission. Later, you served as vice chairman of the
For 15 years, you taught American legal history at Suffolk
University as an adjunct professor, and you continue to advise many of your
former students in their law careers. You have said that mentoring young people
is one of your greatest passions.
Currently, you are president of the Alkalol Company, a
pharmaceutical business started by your grandfather in 1896. The Boston-based
company is a family affair, and you work with your son, James P. Whitters IV,
Class of ’95, and your daughter, Katie Whitters Vaughn, Class of ’97.
A history major at Trinity, you were a member of Alpha Delta
Phi and a varsity letterman in track and football.
It is no secret to those who know you that sports hold a
special place in your heart. You can easily quote statistics from your beloved
Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins, as well as from NESCAC games, both past
and present. An offensive and defensive lineman under Coach Dan Jessee, you
developed a fondness for collegiate sports and a deep allegiance to your alma
mater during your undergraduate years.
Despite your demanding schedule, Trinity has received ample
measure of your service. For 12 years, you sat on the College’s Board of Trustees.
You were a member of the Executive Committee of the National Alumni
Association, and for many years you were president of the Trinity Club of
Boston. In 1987, on the occasion of your 25th reunion, you received the
College’s Alumni Medal for Excellence.
In 2005, you developed a career services program that links
members of the Bantam football team with Trinity football alumni to discuss
careers and networking.
You once said that your Trinity football days helped shape
your career path. “Life has its peaks and valleys,” you said, “and it’s
important to learn how to lose.” Today, Jim Whitters, you are very much a
winner, and Trinity is grateful to have benefited from your talents and your
commitment to the greater good.
Mr. President, on the
occasion of his 50th Reunion, I am honored to present for the Eigenbrodt Cup, a
most distinguished alumnus, James P. Whitters III, Class of 1962.
You came to Trinity in 1978, following in the footsteps of
your older brother, Richard, a member of the Class of 1974. An English major
with a fondness for Shakespeare, you took advantage of Trinity’s study-abroad
program in Rome. You were a member of Psi Upsilon and the varsity football and
lacrosse teams. In your junior year, you received a Gold Award for your
excellence on the Bantam football team.
That same grit and determination you demonstrated on the
playing field serves you well in your 30-year career in the retail and
merchandising fields. Currently, you are president of the North American retail
division of Coach, Inc., a position you’ve held since joining the company in
You began your career shortly after graduation, when you
were selected for Macy’s grueling and highly competitive executive-training
program. In your 12 years with Macy’s, you held a series of increasingly
responsible executive positions, including serving as president of the
company’s specialty store division, Aeropostale.
In 1994, you joined Gap, Inc., as executive vice president
for their Old Navy stores. For nine years, you held senior leadership roles
with that company, culminating in your position as the company’s executive vice
president. You left Gap in 2003 for your current position with Coach.
As a Trinity volunteer, you have shared your experience and
advice with students and young alumni through the programs of the Office of
Career Services. In 2008, you became a
member of the Board of Fellows, serving in an advisory capacity to the College.
You and your wife, Kimberly, are the parents of four
children: Emma, Alexandra, Charlotte, and Ellis. This fall, Alexandra will
follow a family tradition when she becomes a member of Trinity’s Class of 2016.
Mr. President, on the occasion of his 30th reunion, I am
honored to present for the Alumni Achievement Award, a distinguished
businessman and Trinity leader, Michael Tucci, Class of 1982.
As president and CEO of Versa Products Company, Inc., you
demonstrate exceptional business acumen and understand the importance of giving
back. Through your efforts, Trinity students and young people in Hartford have
opportunities to explore the field of engineering.
You said it was at Trinity where you learned the analytical
and critical thinking skills that prepared you for your professional life. As
an interdisciplinary major, you combined the fields of computer science,
mathematics, and biology and particularly enjoyed engineering classes with David
Ahlgren and applied science with Joseph Bronzino.
You were a teaching assistant in the engineering department
and worked on a National Science Foundation grant to study the effects of
various drugs on epilepsy. You called these experiences “invaluable.”
After graduating from Trinity, you earned a master’s degree
in health administration from Duke University and spent 10 years as a hospital
administrator in Philadelphia. In 1988, ready to try something new, you went to
work for Versa Products Company, the business your father and uncle started in
1948. The New Jersey-based company manufactures air control valves that are
sold to businesses all over the world. Your markets include process control,
oil and gas drilling, textiles, robotics, and printing, to name a few.
In 1997, Trinity presented you with the Outstanding
Professional Achievement Award in engineering.
Versa Products Company is a lead sponsor of the College’s
Annual Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest. Held at Trinity, the competition hosts
nearly 110 teams whose robots are created to detect and extinguish fire. Your
company also sponsors the Versa Valves
Engineering Internship Program, where two Trinity students serve as mentors
teaching robotics to Hartford middle- and high-school students.
In 2008, your family established the Larsson Family
Scholarship Fund at Trinity which provides scholarship aid to Trinity students
who have demonstrated excellence in engineering, personal integrity, and
dedication to community service.
You contributions as a Trinity volunteer have been no less
impressive. You are a member of the Board of Fellows and serve as vice
president for your class executive board. You have served on the reunion gift
committee and reunion class committee and engaged students as a career adviser
and admission volunteer.
Mr. President, on the occasion of her 35th Reunion, I am
honored to present for the McQuaid Award an inspired businesswoman and a
dedicated alumna, Jan Larsson, Class of 1977.
Alumni Medal for
Thomas F. (Peter) Bundy, Jr. '62
Charles Darwin said, “A man who dares to waste one hour of
life has not discovered the value of life.” Peter Bundy, your accomplishments
show that you waste little and value much.
You served your country as an officer in the U.S. Air Force,
worked for the FBI as a special agent, enjoyed a successful career in corporate
banking, ran marathons and completed triathalons, tried out for the Olympics,
and traveled extensively, including to China.
You came to Trinity from Cleveland, Ohio, and threw yourself
into the liberal arts experience. A psychology major, you joined the Psychology
Club and the Air Force ROTC. As a senior, you received the F. A. Brown Prize
for English Oration. A natural athlete, you excelled on the swim team, earning
your varsity letter all four years, and serving as team captain as a senior.
You also ran track and played football and golf. One of the founders of
Trinity’s rowing team, you so loved the sport that you tried out for the 1964
After a three-year stint in the Air Force, you spent four
years with the FBI as a special agent in the organized crime and espionage
divisions. A career in corporate banking followed, taking you from Dubuque, Iowa,
to Amsterdam. Before retiring, you were
a regional manager with J.P. Morgan Chase.
Along the way, you’ve never forgotten your alma mater.
You’ve served on your reunion class committee and reunion gift committee and
chaired the reunion program committee for your 40th reunion. You’ve
also been a tireless and devoted class agent and a Long Walk Societies volunteer,
and have been instrumental in helping your class achieve giving participation
rates as high as 92%+.
You said your time on campus was largely responsible for
your perseverance and can-do attitude. Trinity College is extremely fortunate
to have such an accomplished and dedicated alumnus.
Mr. President, on the occasion of his 50th Reunion, I am
honored to present for an Alumni Medal for Excellence Thomas F. Bundy, Class of
Alumni Medal for
L. Hamilton Clark, Jr. ’72, P’11
Dan Rather said, “The dream begins with a teacher who
believes in you.” As a teacher, coach, dorm master, and school administrator,
you have touched the lives of many children and helped them achieve their
Since 2002, you’ve been the headmaster at Episcopal Academy,
an independent preparatory school for grades K-12 in Newtown Square,
Pennsylvania. Your colleagues have called you “a man with exceptional skills,
seemingly endless energy, and the ability to relate to all of your
constituencies.” This month, you will
retire from Episcopal, leaving the school in a stronger position and poised for
You began your career shortly after your graduation from
Trinity as an assistant director of admissions at Worcester Polytechnic
Institute. At Pomfret Academy, you were a teacher, coach, and associate
director of admission. It was there that you met your wife, Ceci, who shares
your passion for education.
The two of you had joint appointments at Buckingham Browne
& Nichols, a day school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Among the roles you filled
there were director of admissions and college counseling and assistant to the
head master. Ceci taught English and served as director of athletics and
co-head of the Middle School.
In 1987, you accepted a post as headmaster of Sewickley
Academy in Pittsburgh. When you left the school after 15 years, Sewickley
created the L. Hamilton Clark Faculty chair to honor your and Ceci’s many
At Trinity, you majored in religion, serving as an assistant
in the Religious Studies Department during your junior year. You also found
time for the crew team and Delta Psi, and volunteered with special needs
children at Hartford Regional Center.
Trinity is a family affair for you. Your uncle, sister, and
niece are Trinity graduates, as is your son, Sam, Class of 2011. You and Ceci
also have two daughters, Christine and Julia.
Your devotion to your alma mater is evident in your
volunteerism. You served on your reunion class committees and the gift
committees for your 35th and 40th reunions, and you’ve also volunteered for the
admission and development offices at Trinity.
Most recently you served as a member of the National Alumni Association
You also serve on the board of Steppingstone Scholars, Inc.,
and as a member of the advisory council for the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.
Mr. President, on the occasion of his 40th reunion, I am
honored to commend for the Alumni Medal for Excellence, a dedicated alumnus who
has devoted his life to educating children, Ham Clark, Class of ’72.
Alumni Medal for
R. Subbloie, Jr. ’82
You’ve been called a visionary, an innovator,
and a telecommunications technology and Internet pioneer. As co-founder,
president, and CEO of Tangoe, Inc., you grew the company from a two-person shop
to a leading global provider of communications lifestyle management software.
In short, your company helps businesses manage their communication equipment.
Your customers include IBM, and your company now employs close to 900 people.
In February, Business New Haven named you 2012’s Businessman of the Year. Last
year, your company executed three major acquisitions, opened its first offices
overseas, managed an initial public stock offering that raised $88 million and
ended the calendar year with a market capitalization of a half billion dollars.
hew Nemerson, president of the Connecticut
Technology Council, likens you to Wayne Gretzky. “He’s always skating to where
the puck is going to be, and this shows up in his working years ahead in his
game plan,” he said.
Since your Trinity graduation, with honors in
economics, you’ve founded and managed several technology companies, including
IMA, a global provider of enterprise call center software solutions.
1997, you co-founded Buyersedge.com, an Internet company in the field of
reverse auction. You are credited with one of the patents for reverse auction
theory, the leading Internet paradigm in most shopping sites today.
are past-chairman of the Connecticut Technology Council and a member of their
board of directors. You also serve on the board of NYC-based Operative, Inc.
self-professed “jock,” you played varsity football and baseball at Trinity. In
your senior year, you received a Gold Award for your prowess on the baseball
diamond and were named one of the team’s Most Valuable Players.
President, on the occasion of his 30th reunion, I am honored to commend for the
Alumni Medal for Excellence, a most accomplished alumnus, Albert R. Subbloie,
Jr., Class of ’82.
Alumni Medal for
Todd Angelo Dagres ’82
Any successful business person knows that it is important to
take risks. In 2003, you took a major risk when you walked away from a
lucrative career at Battery Ventures in Wellesley, Massachusetts, to try your
hand at film production. You produced several films, including “Pretty
Persuasion,” which won entry into the Sundance Film Festival in 2005.
That same year, you returned to the East Coast to open Spark
Capital, a Boston-based investment firm that focuses on investment deals in the
areas of media, entertainment, and technology. As founder and general partner
of the company, you spend most of your time seeking out intriguing startups,
though you continue to keep a hand in film production. Your last film was the
critically acclaimed “Transsiberian,” which premiered at Sundance in 2008.
From 2003 to 2005, Forbes
magazine named you to their “Midas List,” which ranks top venture
capitalists who have created the most wealth for their investors. In 2008,
AlwaysOn, a networking site that features the top entertainment executives and
dealmakers in information technology, named you to its Hollywood IT list.
At Trinity, you majored in psychology and distinguished
yourself as a member of the baseball team. On the diamond, you showed the drive
that would later serve you so well in your professional life. As a junior, you
set a home-run record, and in your senior year, you were named Most Valuable
Player. After Trinity, you received your M.B.A. from Boston University in 1985.
Though your career is consuming, you find time to give back
to your community. In 2004, you founded Face of an Angel, a nonprofit that
supports research and treatment for children with vascular lesions. You also
served as a trustee for your secondary school, Governor Dummer Academy. Over
the years, you’ve shared your business acumen with Trinity as a member of its
Board of Fellows and have counseled Trinity students as a career adviser.
Mr. President, on the occasion of his 30th reunion, I am honored
to commend for the Alumni Medal for Excellence, a most impressive and dedicated
alumnus, Todd Angelo Dagres, Class of ’82.
Alumni Medal for
Gregory G. Mario ’87
Gregory G. Mario, your accomplishments in the pharmaceutical
industry and in business are exceptional. In 2009, you co-founded TAXIS
Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and serve as its chief executive officer. The company
focused on the discovery and development of pharmaceuticals targeting
multi-drug resistant bacteria. Since 2011, you’ve been president and CEO of
Prodaptics Pharmaceuticals, which develops influenza therapeutics.
For the past 10 years, you’ve also pursued multiple
entrepreneurial endeavors. You are a partner at MFP, LLC, an investment firm
focused on the life sciences sector, and a founder of the Brownstone Advisory
Group, a real estate investment firm. From 2001 to 2005, you served as senior
vice president of business development for Talk America, a long-distance
Previously, you spent 12 years on the marketing, sales and
business end of life sciences, including four years as marketing director of
Johnson & Johnson.
At Trinity, you were no less ambitious. A biochemistry
major, you worked as a laboratory technician during the summers and as a
clinical research assistant at Hartford Hospital in your senior year. You also
did community service work at the hospital and played on the College’s rugby
and intramural basketball teams.
In 1991, you received your MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua
School of Business, where you were a Fuqua Scholar.
Over the years, you have generously shared your extensive
professional experience with Trinity students as a career adviser, and have
made the College a top philanthropic priority.
In 2009, you established the Gregory Mario Professorship of Chemistry,
in honor of Professor Henry DePhillips.
In addition, you created and funded the DePhillips Scholars program for
summer science research, to honor your Trinity mentor.
Mr. President, on the
occasion of his 25th reunion, I am honored to recommend for the Alumni Medal
for Excellence, a most accomplished alumnus, Gregory G. Mario, Class of ’87.
The Kathleen O'Connor Boelhouwer '85 Alumnae
This award, presented by the National Alumni Association Executive Committee, in memory of Kathleen O’Connor Boelhouwer ’85, a Trinity leader, both as a volunteer and as a senior professional, annually honors that alumna or alumnus whose leadership, persuasion and activities advance the engagement of Trinity’s alumnae in the College’s excellence and reputation. The Boelhouwer Award will recognize that person each year who helps expand the number of women in leadership volunteer roles at Trinity, and/or who helps connect successful alumnae to one another and the College, and/or who helps educate alumnae about their philanthropic power in support of Trinity, and/or who increases alumnae mentoring on and off-campus, and/or help recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of Trinity women, as graduates or as undergraduates.
Sophie Bell Ayres ’77, P’12, P’13