The following awards were presented at Alumni Convocation during Reunion Weekend 2015.
Citations for the 2015 Alumni Awards
The Eigenbrodt Cup
Edward C. Rorer '65, P'91
Through your distinguished investment management career and the exceptional service you have rendered to Trinity College and other educational and nonprofit organizations, you serve as a role model for fellow alumni and parents, as well as for Trinity students and others.
Arriving at Trinity as a freshman in 1961, you chose to major in religion. You excelled, earning Dean’s List honors and the F.A. Brown Prize for outstanding oratory skill. You were an active participant in campus activities, including Psi Upsilon, varsity squash, Glee Club, and the Young Republicans. You also served as a lay reader for the Chapel.
After graduation from Trinity, you returned to Philadelphia and taught French for four years at your high school alma mater, Chestnut Hill Academy. You then earned your M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Your first job in the investment world was with Blyth Eastman Dillon & Co., where you rose to vice president. In 1978, you established your own successful company, Rorer Asset Management, where you developed the relative value methodology of portfolio management. Your investment expertise, developed over more than 35 years in the field, is of great advantage today at Copeland Capital Management, where, since 2009, you have served as chairman.
Along with your responsibilities at Copeland, you are chairman of the Bryn Mawr Hospital Foundation, as well as trustee emeritus and former chairman at Chestnut Hill Academy, where you served as the varsity squash coach for three years and won the Interacademic League Championship each of those years. You also have served on the boards of Mercer Medical Center, Pomfret School, and The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. When you joined Trinity’s Board of Trustees, your investment management experience was one of the attributes that initially made you such an attractive addition, but your expertise went well beyond the purview of fiscal matters. Your meaningful work on the Trustee Code of Conduct in 2006 is but one example.
You have many Trinity connections in your family, including your daughter, Brooke Rorer Brown ’91; your son-in-law, Eric C. Brown ’92; your niece, Carrie Rorer ’00; and your nephew, Christopher Rorer ’05.
In addition to serving as a trustee, your contributions to the College include your involvement in class Reunion planning and fundraising; serving on capital and athletic fundraising campaign committees; and hosting, along with your wife, Sally, numerous Trinity gatherings. You have contributed to the Raether Library and Information Technology Center, and your name was added to the College’s Wall
of Honor in 2008. A dedicated supporter of Trinity’s squash program, you led the successful effort to establish Trinity’s first endowed professorship of athletics, the Paul D. Assaiante Professorship of Physical Education.
Trinity honored you for your service to the College with the Gary McQuaid Award in 2005, and today we honor you once again.
Alumni Achievement Award
Bernard “Ben” Barber ’65
You came to Trinity from New York City, and you immersed yourself in campus life, joining the fraternity QED, serving as the College’s delegate to the Connecticut Intercollegiate Student Legislature and on the staff of The Trinity Tripod, and taking part in Hillel and the Political Science Club. You majored in French, a decidedly international choice that led you to a decidedly international career.
Following graduation, you spent 15 years traveling, writing poetry, and working as a carpenter throughout India, Asia, and Europe. You then returned to the United States, where you earned a master’s degree in journalism at Boston University in a quest to begin reporting about the world you had seen. You later earned a certificate in French studies from the Sorbonne in Paris and a certificate in Asian studies as a Gannett Fellow at the University of Hawaii.
You worked as a foreign correspondent for The Observer, USA Today, the Washington Times, and The Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. You served as State Department bureau chief for the Washington Times and then as a senior writer for the U.S. Agency for International Development, where you reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, and Egypt. You continue to write on foreign affairs today as a columnist for The Huffington Post, McClatchy Newspapers, and The American Legion Magazine.
You have shared your great skill and knowledge with students as an adjunct professor of foreign policy at Georgetown University and George Mason University. You have delivered lectures on foreign affairs at august institutions including the U.S. Naval Academy, the National Defense University, and Johns Hopkins University. For the U.S. Information Agency, you designed and taught seminars for journalists in 10 African countries. You have appeared as a foreign policy expert on several television networks, including CNN, Fox, and BBC.
In 2014, you added “author” to your list of accomplishments with the publication of your book, Groundtruth: Work, Play and Conflict in the Third World. This collection of photographs and vignettes showcases the development of dozens of countries in the Third World, often portrayed in the media as a cliché for poverty, war, and injustice. By sharing real stories of real people, you present a more balanced and nuanced view. “For every trouble-making gunman you find in the turbulent corners of the Third World,” you write, “you find a million decent hardworking men and women raising their children with eyes full of sunshine and hope.”
You have spent your career illuminating this truth. What you have captured in your reporting and photography has made us, as consumers of the news media and citizens of the world, more thoughtful and informed, and for this, we are grateful.
Alumni Medal for Excellence
Matthew A. Levine ’60
In 1974, after a successful career in the consumer goods packaging industry, you had the genius idea to apply the principles of modern marketing to the sports and live entertainment industries – and that world has not been the same since. You understand that earning team loyalty has less to do with winning than catering to the needs and motivations of fans; teams can lose on the field but still win big in every other way.
As CEO and managing director of SourceUSA, a national marketing, management, and communication services firm, you advise teams in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League, as well as the commissioners of these leagues and the owners, principals, and operating executives of arenas, stadiums, theme parks, and cultural institutions. You also lend your pioneering expertise to the horse- and auto-racing industries and, most recently, to the sports of mixed martial arts and equine polo. In 1991, as its second employee, you helped to successfully launch the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks and served as the team’s executive vice president, creating a global marketing frenzy unseen at the time.
Your long and successful career also has included operating roles at Citibank, Scott Paper Company, McKinsey & Company, and Pacific Select Corporation. In addition, in 2000, you became the chief marketing officer of Classroom Connect, an online education company pioneering the online delivery of curriculum content to K-8 schools and teaching educators how to integrate the Internet into their daily teaching practices while earning degree credits.
You came to Trinity from Philadelphia, quickly distinguishing yourself in the classroom as an English major and developing a passion for Shakespeare and the history of architecture, as well as playing on Trinity’s basketball team during your freshman and sophomore years. You considered a win against Yale’s freshman basketball team among your favorite college memories. You served as sports editor and as a member of the Editorial Board for The Trinity Tripod and worked on the Ivy, and you served as Trinity College’s stringer for The New York Times and Associated Press. You also were a member of Delta Phi, serving as secretary of the fraternity your junior year and president during your senior year.
After Trinity, you spent a year on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard and served as a member of the Coast Guard Reserve until 1966. You received your M.B.A. in finance from Columbia Business School, where you were elected president of the student body, graduating in 1963.
You have served the College through various Reunion committees and as president of your class for many years. You also are a member of The Elms Society. Outside of Trinity, you are a member of Palo Alto University’s Board of Trustees and a member of the Silicon Valley Advisory Council and Membership Marketing Committee of the Commonwealth Club of California, the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum. You also have served on the Advisory Board of the off-Broadway-located York Theatre Company in Manhattan.
You and Diane, your wife of more than 50 years, have a daughter, Arielle, and a son, Sarsh.
Alumni Medal for Excellence
Andrew D. Smith ’65
In your 42 years with the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, you were a model of tolerance, strong leadership, and faith – working to increase cooperation between Episcopal congregations and those of other denominations and to meet the needs of Connecticut’s underserved populations.
From 1999 to 2010, you were the state’s 14th diocesan bishop, with ecclesiastical authority over about 170 parishes and 500 clergy. During that time, when divisions threatened the church, you remained committed to your hope of reconciliation and focused on facilitating communication among clergy and laity. You also forged links with the Diocese of Colombia in South America and the Anglican Province of Congo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of the Congo, and for six years you were president of the Connecticut Conference of Churches.
Prior to your election as bishop, you served as bishop suffragan for the diocese. You also have served as parish priest at several churches throughout the state, including St. Mary’s in Manchester, where you were involved in housing initiatives and the Hispanic ministry in Hartford.
As a religious leader who counsels and ministers to parishioners, you made good use of your Trinity psychology major. Your future occupation was foreshadowed by your undergraduate involvement in the Christian Association and the Chapel Vestry. You also were involved in the College’s radio station, WRTC.
Following your Trinity graduation, you earned a master of divinity degree from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and you were ordained in 1968. Your first position was as curate of Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford, where you enjoyed getting to know the College from a new perspective. In an alumni questionnaire from the time, you listed the nature of your business as “preaching the Gospel.” It was at Trinity Church where you met Kate Trafford, a parishioner, whom you married in 1971. Together more than 40 years, you and Kate have two daughters, Rachel and Rebecca, and enjoy travel, including several trips to the Middle East.
In the 1970s, you were active in helping five Southeast Asian families resettle in Naugatuck, and you founded the Waterbury Area Food Bank. You also co-chaired the Manchester Area Conference of Churches’ Ecumenical Worship Committee from 1987 to 1992 and served as a volunteer priest assistant at La Iglesia de la Divina Providencia from 1988 to 1992. Currently, you are very involved in Foodshare, serving several times a month as a volunteer assistant on a truck that delivers fresh food for free to residents in eight urban and suburban neighborhoods in the Greater Hartford area. You also are a board member of Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services, based in New Haven, whose clients, vetted by the U.S. government, come mainly from the Middle East and Africa.
Your service to Trinity over the years includes being a much-valued resource for Trinity’s chaplain, the Reverend Allison Read. You also are a member of the Long Walk Societies and The Elms Society. This year, you served as a 50th Reunion Trinity Fund co-chair, helping to raise nearly $100,000 for the College.
Alumni Medal for Excellence
Patrice Ball-Reed ’80
As a judge who advocates for families, as a mentor to future lawyers, and as a hardworking Trinity volunteer, you put service to others at the center of your life.
You came to Trinity from Chicago through Scholarships for Illinois Residents, a program that has brought more than 400 exceptionally qualified Illinois students to the College since 1948. Now you pay it forward by sitting on the organization’s board and serving as one of its vice presidents.
At Trinity, you excelled in the classroom and learned, you said, “to work hard, give back, participate in many activities, and maintain a good reputation.” You were a member of the Trinity Coalition of Blacks and the Trinity Coalition of Black Women. You also were involved in cheerleading, The Trinity Tripod, and the Ivy. A freshman seminar on feminism taught by Trinity Professor Diane Zannoni not only informed your decision to major in economics but also opened your eyes to the struggles of women. It was a realization that led to your career in child support enforcement.
You earned your law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. After practicing general law, including time with the Chicago firm of Washington, Kennon, Hunter, and Samuels, you moved to the public sector. Serving the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office as an assistant state’s attorney in the Child Support Enforcement Division, you became a fierce advocate for your clients, ensuring children received the parental support to which they were entitled.
From 2003 to 2008, you were deputy attorney general for child support enforcement in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. You were the first African American to hold the position, and you focused your work on helping to build family stability through counseling and mediation. Currently, you are an associate judge in the Cook County court system, hearing cases involving domestic violence and elder law. You also are an assembly member of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Over the years, you made service to Trinity a priority. You have been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2008 and sat on the Board of Fellows from 2006 to 2008. A member of Trinity’s Women’s Leadership Council, you flew from Chicago to Hartford solely to sit on a panel for Venture Trinity, a pre-orientation leadership program for incoming female students. You also are a member of The Elms Society. Your volunteer commitments outside of Trinity have included serving as president of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, as president of The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association, and as a founding member and past president of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago.
Your focus on family extends to your own. You and husband Roy have three children, Candace, Alexis, and William; a son-in-law, Damon; and a grandchild, Darion.