The following awards were presented at Alumni Convocation during Reunion Weekend 2016.
Citations for the 2016 Alumni Awards
The Eigenbrodt Cup
Samuel D. Kassow '66
Historian, author, faculty member, and friend, you have made an indelible impression and provided exceptional service to Trinity College while also reaching far beyond the campus in your quest to both recall the worst of atrocities and to celebrate the resilience of individual and collective faith.
In 1962, you arrived at Trinity College with the weight of world history already heavy in your heart. Born in Germany to Holocaust survivors, your youth was shaped both by your parents’ determination to start a new life in the United States and by the horrors of the Holocaust. Your confidence and commitment to your studies were quickly evident. You were a Holland Scholar, a Tripod writer, a member of the cross-country team, a junior adviser, and a member of Pi Gamma Mu and Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating cum laude in history, you went on to earn a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a doctorate from Princeton University. Your intellectual curiosity and scholarly successes brought you three prestigious graduate fellowships: a Fulbright, a Woodrow Wilson, and a Danforth.
Had your connection to Trinity College ended there, your success would have been viewed with pride — but from a distance. Instead, you returned to Trinity in 1972 as an instructor in history and over the next four decades distinguished yourself not only as a world-class historian but also as a deeply valued voice and influential mentor to the students who passed through your classroom and the colleagues who knocked on your door. As the Charles H. Northam Professor of History, you have earned an international reputation as an expert on imperial Russian history and the culture of East European Jewry and shared your research through four spellbinding books and many articles in prestigious journals.
Beyond the classroom, you and your wife, Lisa, director of the Zachs Hillel House, have offered counsel and consideration to Jewish students on campus, and you have brought distinction both to yourself and to the Trinity community through your visiting professorships and scholarly partnerships around the world. Recently, you played an instrumental role in planning and launching the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which opened in Warsaw in 2014 and recently was named the 2016 European Museum of the Year by the European Museum Forum. Your book Who Will Write Our History? has been translated into seven languages and is being made into a movie by Nancy Spielberg and Roberta Grossman.
For all of that and more, you have been honored with the Brownell Prize for Teaching Excellence, the Charles A. Dana Professorship Award, the Alumni Medal for Excellence, and the Trinity Club of Hartford’s Person of the Year Award. Today, we recognize you yet again for your exceptional service to Trinity and to the global community.
Alumni Achievement Award
Dan Berman '01
From the moment you stepped on the Trinity College campus, your passion for asking penetrating questions and probing complex problems was evident. As a political science major, you delved into analyzing government, political activity, and partisan behavior. Your ability to communicate your ideas through the art of analysis and writing shone through in your tremendous contributions to The Tripod, for which you received the John F. Boyer Award. You also were honored with the Samuel and Clara Hendel Memorial Book Prize for best paper on a topic involving issues of civil liberties and social justice.
For many people, the questions raised as idealistic students fade as the years go by, but in your case, you have devoted your entire career to probing the political puzzles rooted in American and world politics. You launched your career in journalism with Greenwire, a leading Washington outlet covering environmental and energy policy, politics, and markets. From there, you went on to become editor of Environment & Energy Daily. As your star continued to rise, you moved on to POLITICO to found POLITICO Pro Energy and later were named White House editor.
In 2015, you left your post as assistant managing editor at the National Journal when CNN Politics Digital invited you to join its team as enterprise editor. This was not your first foray into the CNN family: in 1996, at the age of 17, you were part of the network’s Children’s Express news team covering the Republican National Convention in San Diego. Twenty years later, you are again covering a presidential campaign. Your illuminating work has touched on every major candidate and every facet in the contentious campaign that is riveting the nation today.
Your probing analysis and superlative reporting on the events, facts, ideas, and people that shape our culture and govern our society enlighten people across the world on a daily basis, inspiring inquiry, deepening awareness, and influencing action.
Gary McQuaid Award
Thomas "Tom" Chappell '66, H'06, P'89, '92, '97, '06
Your name and your business are legendary. Over the course of more than four decades, Tom’s of Maine has stretched from a small northern corner of New England to millions of homes worldwide. Together with your wife, Kate, you built Tom’s of Maine based on a commitment to natural products and sustainable business. While others were pessimistic about the possibility of doing well while doing good, you proved that ethical business practices, minimizing environmental impact, and humane interactions could be the cornerstone of a successful enterprise while also meeting the needs of customers who flocked to your all-natural products.
Though you chose to place Tom’s of Maine in other hands in 2006, your values have remained the guiding light of the company. You and Kate went on to launch another eco-friendly company, Ramblers Way Farm, creating superfine worsted wool garments while maintaining high standards of ecological responsibility, community involvement, and customer satisfaction. You have shared your philosophy and practices through books such as The Soul of a Business: Managing for Profit and the Common Good and Managing Upside Down: The Seven Intentions of Values-Centered Leadership.
Values are at the heart of all you do. You chose to earn a master’s in theology from Harvard Divinity School in 1991, and you have been active in the Episcopal Church of Maine, served as deputy to the 1991 and 1994 Triennial General Conference of the Episcopal Church, and were a member of the Environmental Stewardship Team of the National Episcopal Church. You have served on numerous cultural and philanthropic boards, and you have come to the aid of those in need, from fishermen on Monhegan Island to protecting and restoring water through the River Network to The Nature Conservancy and so many other worthy organizations.
As you have given back to so many people and places that have supported you or looked to you for assistance, you maintained your deep connection with Trinity College. You serve as a highly respected trustee, and four of your five children — Christopher, Sarah, Eliza, and Luke — are all graduates of your alma mater. Your son Matthew ventured farther west and is a graduate of Hartwick College.
Esteemed and celebrated, emulated and admired, yours is the story of success that proves kindness and compassion, as well as values and versatility, are not outside our reach but within our grasp.
The Boelhouwer Award
Eleanor Wenner Kerr '81, P'13
As director of government affairs-healthcare for Siemens Corporation, you have built a reputation based on integrity and ingenuity while generating and implementing government relations goals for one of the world’s largest medical technology manufacturers. Your work as a leading lobbyist has brought you to the upper echelons of our nation’s political institutions, where you have successfully negotiated on behalf of your company and industry by developing relationships with members of Congress. You also have worked with the staff at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on policies that impact your industry and millions of people worldwide.
Prior to joining Siemens in 2001, you served as director of government relations for SmithKline Beecham and as a special assistant and policy coordinator in the Immediate Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
You also have excelled by literally hitting the pavement as a competitive runner. You have run marathons, and you were ranked among the top five female runners in your age group in the Washington, D.C., area. In addition, you are a gifted choral singer, sharing your talent through public performances.
After leaving Trinity College, where you majored in fine arts and minored in music, you went on to make your home in Washington, D.C. Your social life revolved around supportive, young alumni of the College, and you met your husband, Stuart Kerr ’78, through that collegiate network. Your mutual appreciation for your alma mater inspired your daughter, Marian ’13, to attend Trinity as well.
Though your responsibilities are many, you and your family are actively involved with the Trinity Club of Washington, D.C., where you are valued as both a mentor and a friend. Your inspiration for and leadership of the Trinity Women’s Leadership Council in the Washington area has been remarkable. Trinity alumnae and students have been the beneficiaries and are forever grateful.
Alumni Medal for Excellence
Julie Mancuso Gionfriddo '96, M'05
In the 20 years since your graduation, you have achieved remarkable success in the world of finance. You also have given back richly to your alma mater as a volunteer and have served as a mentor and advocate for young women seeking careers in the traditionally male-dominated field of finance.
As an economics major, you drew inspiration from professors Diane Zannoni and the late Manijeh Zavareei. You were a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, the women’s varsity swimming team, and the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee. During your junior year, you spent a semester at the Austro-American Institute of Education in Vienna, studying Eastern European economies. You called the experience invaluable and now encourage current students to take advantage of Trinity’s study-away programs.
You also served as a teaching assistant in the Economics Department during your senior year and worked as a tour guide for admissions. During the summer before your junior year, you interned with former Representative Barbara Kennelly at the U.S. House of Representatives.
Right out of Trinity, you joined Landmark Partners as an analyst. You stayed with the Simsbury, Connecticut-based private equity and real estate investment company for 18 years, rising to vice president in its Private Equity Group. In that role, you were involved in transaction origination, underwriting, and negotiation of private equity investments. In 2014, you became a principal with Apple Tree Partners, a venture capital firm that invests in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical technology, and health care services.
Along the way, you have returned again and again to your alma mater. While you were growing your career, you found time to serve as an alumni interviewer for the Admissions Office and participated in career panels in Hartford and New York. In 2005, you received a master’s in economics from Trinity.
Currently, you are a member of Trinity’s Board of Fellows and a founding member of the College’s Women’s Leadership Council, which promotes active engagement of Trinity alumnae by encouraging them to help shape the future of the College and to be more responsive to the needs of female undergraduates.
In addition, you serve on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Association of Venture and Equity, a nonprofit committed to the development and advancement
Alumni Medal for Excellence
Randolph M. "Randy" Lee '66
For some, Trinity is a stop along the way. For you, Randolph Lee, Trinity is the destination — and the College is so much richer for it. In the past 47 years, you have touched the lives of countless Trinity students as a counselor and an associate professor of psychology.
You came to Trinity from Glenside, Pennsylvania, in the fall of 1962 and distinguished yourself in the classroom as a psychology major, joining the Psychology Club and the New England Psychological Association. A dean’s list student, you also were a member of Phi Kappa Psi and worked at WRTC.
Outside of a three-year stretch while earning a doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, you never left your beloved alma mater.
After finishing your course work in 1969, you returned to campus to complete an internship for a Ph.D. program. In 1970, you were appointed to the faculty and hired as a staff member of Trinity’s Counseling Center. Today, as director of the center, you oversee two full-time psychologists, two postdoctoral fellows, and two pre-doctoral trainees.
In addition to counseling students and supervising interns, you teach courses in psychotherapy theory, mind/body health, and clinical psychology and publish in the areas of meditation and eating disorders. You are founder of the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, now in volume 38, and served as its editor from 1976 to 1986. You were president of the Connecticut Psychological Association from 1977 to 1978 and chair of its Ethics Committee from 1990 to 2014. You also were a member of the National Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association from 1982 to 1985.
Despite your busy schedule, you find time to serve as faculty adviser and assistant coach of Trinity’s women’s squash team and are very proud of the squad’s national championship win over Harvard in 2014. For fun, you started a website design business, creating and managing sites for professionals and small businesses.
You wear many hats — psychologist, professor, writer, and coach — but your favorites are those of father and grandfather. You have three daughters, one son, and one granddaughter, Delilah.
Alumni Medal for Excellence
Scott F. Lewis '76, P'12
Activist Marian Wright Edelman once said, “Service is what life is all about.” Scott Lewis, you embody this quote, always putting service to others first, both in your career as a lawyer and as a volunteer for Trinity and within your community.
A psychology major, you were active with the College’s Medical Facilities Advisory Panel, Cinestudio, and WRTC. During summers, you worked at The Children’s Museum of Hartford and interned with the Environmental Protection Agency; and during your junior year you were a staff intern for the Ella Grasso for Governor Committee.
You earned a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in Boston in 1981 and obtained a diploma from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in 1995. Currently the Managing Partner of the law firm Lewis, Lewis & Ferraro, LLC in West Hartford, you focus your practice in the areas of personal injury and complex litigation. You have earned a reputation as a lawyer with a passion for helping clients who are struggling with personal crises. You have tried countless cases to fruition and were one of the plaintiffs’ lawyers in TWA Flight 800 litigation.
You are active in many professional organizations, including the American Association for Justice; the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association; and the Hartford County, Connecticut, and American Bar associations. You are a lecturer at Quinnipiac University and have been a professor for the People’s Law School. You are former counsel to the Connecticut Psychological Association and the Connecticut Association of Optometrists.
Your record of service to Trinity is no less impressive. You have been active in the Trinity Club of Hartford, recently finishing your sixth year as its President. You initiated the Club's popular annual fly fishing event and you sponsor Trinity Club's book awards at high schools in your area. For the past five years you have gathered news from your fellow Bantams as your Class Secretary.
In your community, you have been a long serving trustee of Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, one of the largest Reform Jewish synagogues in New England and have been one of its Vice Presidents for many years. You are also the Congregation's secretary and chair its Cemetery and Planned Giving Committees.
In your hobbies as well, you put others first. An avid cyclist and mountain biker, you have been trained as a first responder and were a member of the New Mountain Bike Patrol, a first-aid response program for mountain bikers injured on the trail. You are a former commissioner of the Natural Resource Commission for the Town of Avon and were instrumental in the town adopting and constructing a Rails-to-Trails project.
You and your wife, Heidi, also an attorney, have two children: Jennifer, Trinity Class of 2012, and Emily, Union College, Class of 2016.
Alumni Medal for Excellence
Peyton Tansill Muldoon '91
success in the fields of asset management and real estate, your
commitment to public service, and your devotion to your alma mater speak
to the dedication and enthusiasm you bring to all of your endeavors.
is no surprise that you chose to attend Trinity. Your family roots here
run deep. You are the daughter of Douglas Tansill, Class of 1961, a
longtime trustee of the College, and your grandfather, brother, and
sister-in-law also graduated from Trinity.
You came to Hartford
from the Upper West Side and took full advantage of all a liberal arts
education has to offer. A double major in English literature and art
history, you spent your summers interning in the field of finance in New
York City. You were a member of Delta Delta Delta and the lacrosse,
rugby, and crew teams. You also spent a semester studying in Rome.
Trinity, you enjoyed a successful, 11-year career in asset management,
including three years as a portfolio manager with Brown Brothers
Harriman in its Domestic Private Banking Group and four years as a
client relationship manager with Horizon Asset Management. Along the
way, you earned a master’s in business administration from Columbia
Business School with a concentration in finance. In 2011, you joined
Sotheby’s International Realty as a licensed real estate salesperson and
work out of the company’s East Side Manhattan brokerage.
your busy professional life, you have given full measure to your alma
mater. You served on the Board of Fellows and are currently a member of
the National Alumni Association’s Executive Committee. With an interest
in broadening opportunities for Trinity women, you are a founder’s level
member of the College’s Women’s Leadership Council. You also have been
instrumental in the success of your Reunions as a driving force on the
Your Trinity connections also extend to
your husband, Arthur Muldoon, Class of 1988, with whom you have two
daughters, Ainsley and Arden. A resident of the Upper East Side, you
volunteer with your children’s schools and several not-for-profit
organizations within New York City.