Reunion 2012 Alumni Awards

The following awards were given out at the National Alumni Association meeting during Reunion Weekend 2012
 

The Eigenbrodt Cup ​


James P. Whitters III ’62, P’95, P’97
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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 commission.

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.



The Alumni Achievement Award

 
Michael D. Tucci '82
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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 2003.

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.

 

The Gary McQuaid Award 

 
Jan L. Larsson ’77

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 Excellence


Thomas F. (Peter) Bundy, Jr. '62
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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 Olympic Trials.

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 1962.



Alumni Medal for Excellence


L. Hamilton Clark, Jr. ’72, P’11
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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 dreams.

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 continued success.

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 contributions.

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 Executive Committee.

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 Excellence


Albert R. Subbloie, Jr. ’82
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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.

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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.

In 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.

You 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.

A 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. 

Mr. 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.

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Alumni Medal for Excellence​

 
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 Excellence

 
Gregory G. Mario ’87
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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 telecommunications company.

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 Initiative Award​

 
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
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You’ve said that memories of your four years in Hartford always make you grin, and you credit your Trinity education with giving you the tools you needed to tackle the real world.

And tackle it, you did! You joined First Boston, now Credit Suisse First Boston, in 1977, when there were few women on Wall Street. There, you worked with a broad range of clients on corporate finance and merger and acquisition strategies. A founding member of the capital markets department, you were responsible for developing large public underwriting mandates from Fortune 100 companies.

In 1997, you joined Russell Reynolds, a prominent executive search firm, as co-head of their global banking and markets practice. During your seven years as a partner there, you grew and managed some of the company’s largest client relationships and advised many of Wall Street’s most prominent firms and individuals.

Currently, you are executive vice president of the Bullen Insurance Group, a boutique insurance brokerage and risk management firm in Long Island.

You came to campus from Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. A political science major, you spent your senior year in London. Your passion for racquet sports was evident in your exceptional contributions to the varsity tennis and squash teams. You were elected captain of the women’s squash team both your junior and senior years, and were the two-time recipient of the Virginia C. Kurth Women’s Squash Award, given to the #1-ranked female squash player at Trinity. You were also individually ranked #3 in the nation.  In the summer before your junior year, you taught a full-credit course in tennis at Villanova University. You are one of Trinity’s top boosters of racquet sports, playing a key role in the completion of the Paul Assaiante Tennis Center in 2010. 

In 1983, you earned your MBA from Columbia University, and the following year you married Dill Ayres. You and Dill have two children, Helen McVey Ayres and Warren D. Ayres III, who just graduated from Trinity last month.

Your high-powered career in finance did not prevent you from serving your alma mater with distinction. You are currently a member of the Board of Trustees and a former member of the Board of Fellows. You’ve served as a member of the Career Services Campaign Committee, the Trinity Women’s Leadership Committee, and the Long Walk Societies Committee. You helped plan your 30th reunion as a member of your Reunion Class Committee and Reunion Gift Committee. You’ve also shared your professional experience with Trinity students as a career panelist and are passionately committed to excellence in Career Services.

 Mr. President, on the occasion of her 35th reunion, I am honored to present for the Boelhouwer Award, a most accomplished and loyal alumna, Sophie Bell Ayres, Class of 1977.​



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