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Five alumni will be honored at Centennial Reunion in June

02/8/2011

Five alumni – including an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a surgeon who volunteers overseas, a humanitarian relief worker and several longtime College volunteers – will be honored during the Centennial Reunion on June 3-5.

The recipients and their awards are:

Debo Adegbile ’91: Adegbile, the director of litigation for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, defended the Voting Rights Act before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009. He is a frequent visitor to campus, where he has taught classes and given talks. Adegbile will receive the Agnes Berkeley Leahy Award, presented to an individual who has offered outstanding and continued service to the College.

Eric Carlson ’81: Carlson, a surgeon, is professor and chair of the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He has performed numerous surgeries overseas as a volunteer and helped design and organize a surgical training program in his specialty in India. Carlson will receive the Harriet Buescher Lawrence ’34 Prize, for outstanding contributions to society.

Judy Mapes Metz ’61: Metz, a longtime volunteer on behalf of the College, served on the Alumni Board of Directors and is currently leading the Class of 1961’s reunion gift challenge. She will receive the Alumni Tribute Award, recognizing an alumna/us for sustained and extraordinary service to the College.

Bridget Donahue Healy ’66: Healy has been active on behalf of her class and the College almost since her graduation. She has organized events for the College in the Portland, Maine, area, and is devoted to helping her class keep up with what’s happening at the College and with their favorite faculty members. She will receive the Goss Award, for an alumna/us who has made significant contributions to the College community.

Michael Griesinger ’01: Griesinger has volunteered for difficult humanitarian work with the International Rescue Committee in several African nations during the past four years. He is working toward a master’s in public health and his medical degree at Cornell. He intends to return to Africa after graduating. Griesinger will receive the Mach Arom Young Alumni Award, for distinguished professional achievements or service to society.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Deborah MacDonnell (860) 439-2504, dmacdonn@conncoll.edu



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