2015 Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Alumni Awards! 

In recognition of their service to the College, society, and their professions, thirteen Fords will be honored at a public ceremony during Alumni Weekend on May 28 at 10:30 a.m.in Roberts Hall.

The Lifetime Achievement Award

Howard W. Lutnick '83

Howard is chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, LP, one of the world’s leading financial services firms and investment banks, with more than 7,000 institutional clients around the world. Howard joined Cantor Fitzgerald in 1983, the same year he graduated from Haverford. He is also chairman and CEO of BGC Partners, Inc., a leading global brokerage company.

Following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, which claimed the lives of 658 Cantor and 61 Euro Brokers employees based in New York, Howard guided the rebuilding of the firm. This has included providing over $180 million to help the families of employees who perished and, through the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, donating more than $292 million to hundreds of charitable causes worldwide as well as relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy and the tornado in Moore, OK.

Howard served on the College's Board of Managers for 21 years, including as vice-chair and chair. He has endowed five student scholarships and funded or led the efforts to fund the Cantor Fitzgerald Art Gallery; the Douglas B. Gardner '83 Integrated Athletic Center, named for his close friend; and the Gary Lutnick Tennis & Track Center, named for his brother. In celebration of the public launch of Lives That Speak: The Campaign for Haverford in 2014, Howard pledged $25 million—the largest individual gift in the College’s history—to transform the library into a space for 21st century learning, research, and scholarship.

Howard serves on the board of the Zachary and Elizabeth M. Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Rockefeller University, Intrepid Museum Foundation, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum Foundation, and The Partnership for New York City. He received the Department of the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award—the Navy’s highest honor to non-military personnel.

The Kannerstein Award

Hunter Rawlings '66, P'93

Hunter has been a distinguished leader in higher education for several decades and was a lifelong friend of Greg Kannerstein, for whom this award is named. He was professor of classics and history at Cornell University (2006–2011), where he also served as president (1995–2003). Previously he served as professor of classics and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Colorado and as president of the University of Iowa (1988–1995). Since 2011 Hunter has been the president of the Association of American Universities.

Among his academic accomplishments, Hunter has published two books and numerous articles on Greek history and historiography. Of particular interest to him are the literary and rhetorical aspects of the work of Thucydides. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he serves on the board of trustees of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Hunter holds a Ph.D. in classics from Princeton University.

Hunter completed 12 years as a member of Haverford's Board of Managers in 2012. He was co-chair of the Lives That Speak campaign, on the Alumni Association Executive Committee, and a member of the Scholarship Steering Committee during the Educating to Lead, Educating to Serve campaign. In 2011, he established The Hunter R. Rawlings III Family Scholarship Fund. He continues to advise the board and College leadership in times of need. Hunter’s stepdaughter, Ashley P. Slade, graduated from Haverford in 1993.

The Haverford Award

Douglas H. Johnson '71

Douglas first engaged with the history of Africa at Haverford and began his Ph.D. research on the history of southern (later South) Sudan at UCLA, shortly after the end of Sudan’s first civil war in 1972. The renewal of civil war in the 1980s launched twenty-two years during which he divided his time between academia, as a publisher of African studies, and forays into politically complex and sometimes dangerous territories.

He put his pre-war experience in southern Sudan to use in wartime relief operations, working with various international agencies in non-government-held areas. His book The Root Causes of Sudan’s Civil Wars (2003) analyzes the historic and structural causes of country’s recurring cycles of conflict. A resource person at the Sudan peace talks in 2003, he was appointed after a peace agreement in 2005 to the Abyei Boundaries Commission, to investigate a disputed territory along the border between Sudan and South Sudan.

Douglas continues to work with both governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in South Sudan’s post-war reconstruction, particularly with vocational training and the revival of a national archive. Since the outbreak of civil war in South Sudan in 2013 he has contributed to internal debates about peace-building and governance. In 2014 the South Sudanese community in Canada invited Douglas to give the Bertrand Russell Peace Lecture at MacMaster University.

The Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award

Juan Williams '76, P'11

Juan is one of the nation’s leading political writers, television personalities, and public intellectuals. A political analyst for Fox Television, he is also host of The Five, a popular daily news program, and a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday. He was formerly an award-winning Washington Post columnist, White House correspondent, NPR senior news correspondent, and the host of NPR’s national talk show Talk of the Nation.

His seven books include the newly published We the People: The Modern-Day Figures Who Have Reshaped and Affirmed the Founding Fathers’ Vision of America (2016). Williams is also the author of Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary (1998)—a New York Times notable book of the year—and the best-seller Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years (1987), which is now part of the standard history curriculum in many colleges and universities. His book Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America—and What We Can Do About It (2007) ignited debate with a bold analysis of black leadership and the need to return to the values of the Civil Rights Movement. PBS has collaborated with him on several documentary series.

Having interviewed the last five U.S. presidents, Juan is in constant contact with American political leaders in Congress and with the Supreme Court. He has won numerous journalism awards for his writing and investigative reporting as well as an Emmy Award for TV documentary writing. Juan has appeared on programs ranging from Meet the Press to Oprah, co-hosted Crossfire, and has hosted America’s Black Forum for a decade. He has also written for The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, GQ, theNew Republic, and Ebony. His son, Raphael (Raffi) Williams is a member of the Haverford Class of 2011.

The Young Alumni Award for Excellence in Leadership

Jenny Rabinowich '08

Since her time at Haverford, Jenny has worked to address health and human rights issues, both domestically and abroad. This work began in Philadelphia, at the Center for Hunger-Free Communities at Drexel University School of Public Health. Through a fellowship from the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship’s Haverford House, she helped to launch Witnesses to Hunger, a research and advocacy program (featured in the 2012 documentary film A Place at the Table). While serving as manager of the program, she completed her M.P.H. at Drexel.

In 2013, Jenny moved to rural Liberia to work with Last Mile Health. Founded by survivors of the Liberian civil war, the organization strives to save lives in remote villages, including guiding a response to the unprecedented Ebola epidemic in 2014. As director of program implementation, she now oversees on-the-ground operations, supporting more than 250 community health workers in delivering primary health services to 50,000 Liberians in remote villages.

An anthropology major at Haverford, Jenny concentrated in peace and conflict studies. She was a member of the women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, the Sneetches, and has played ever since, including in her current home of Liberia.

The Kaye Award

Gary Emmett '72, P'04

Gary is professor of pediatrics, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) in Philadelphia. He has practiced primary care and hospital pediatrics at TJU since 1979, as student, resident, attending physician, and teacher. He has served on the staff of several other area hospitals, including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Gary authored the textbook Field Guide to the Normal Newborn as well as many academic papers especially on asthma, jaundice, and immunizations. He also writes a blog on pediatrics for Philly.com. Past president of the Philadelphia Pediatric Association, he is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, served on the board of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pennsylvania branch, and is active in the Academic Pediatric Association.

At Haverford, Gary was active in sports, ran student elections, and served as a student manager of College Theater for over 20 productions. He took his first Haverford/Bryn Mawr extern in 1978 at TJU and has since mentored more than 100 Bi-Co students. Most of his research assistants have been Bi-Co alumni, who have since gone on to medical school and careers in science. Once Haverford turned coed, he proposed the addition of childcare to support family attendance at Alumni Weekend, which has since been instituted as HaverCamp. His daughter Ariel Lichtenstein '04 also attended the College.

The Perry Award

Joseph Ronan '76

A philosophy major at Haverford, Joseph also studied German, Russian, Greek, mathematics, and physics. Although not a Quaker himself, he was highly influenced by his experience at Haverford as well as Friends Select School in Philadelphia. He has fond recollections of the philosophy department and faculty members such as Bill Davidon, Louis Green, and Joe Russo. After considering graduate school in philosophy, he attended New York University Law School and has spent more than 30 years as a tax and executive compensation lawyer. Joseph also serves as an adjunct law professor at Villanova University Law School.

Joseph has served on the board of Friends Select, including as chair, and is currently clerk of the school’s development committee. A former member and chair of Haverford’s Annual Fund Executive Committee, he now helps coordinate fundraising and reunion events for his class. He received the College’s William Sheppard Award for Service in Alumni Activities as well as the Meritorious Service Award from Friends Select. He has also held leadership positions with Philabundance, Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and bar groups.

Joseph and his wife, Lara (a neurologist at Dartmouth College), now live in Vermont, where he is an admissions representative for Haverford. He is currently finishing an M.A. in English at Rutgers–Camden, with a focus on Wallace Stevens.

Joshua Miller '96

Josh is currently a private investor and consultant on alternative investments. He spent over 13 years at New York–based hedge fund Taconic Capital Advisors, LP, where he was a partner, portfolio manager, and co-head of credit. He began his investing career at J. P. Morgan where he was a trader on the risk arbitrage desk. An economics major at Haverford, Josh earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001.

Josh has supported Haverford’s mission and been active with College alumni in a number of ways, including in the area of career development. At programs such as the Wall Street Summit he interacted with current students, critiquing resumes, helping to hone interview skills, and providing insight on how to market a liberal arts degree. He currently serves as a member of the College’s Investment Committee for the endowment and as co-chair of the Lives That Speak campaign.

The Sheppard Award

Martin Lehfeldt '61

Martin is a self-employed author, consultant, and speaker, with 50 years of professional experience and volunteer service in the nonprofit sector. While completing an M.Div. at Union Theological Seminary, Martin worked as a newspaper reporter for the Youngstown Vindicator in Ohio. After four years as a program officer of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in Princeton, NJ, he become vice president for development at Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) and was subsequently director of development for the Atlanta University Center.

In 1979 Martin formed his own consulting firm, providing fundraising, strategic planning, and organizational development services to hundreds of nonprofits. He served as president of the Southeastern Council of Foundations (an organization of grant makers in 11 states) until 2008 as well as on the boards of numerous nonprofits.

Upon his retirement, the Southeastern Council published Thinking About Things, a collection of his newsletter columns over 11 years. Martin self-published Notes from a Non-Profitable Life and co-authored The Sacred Call, a biography of civil rights attorney Donald L. Hollowell. He is currently working on The Promise, a history of foundation activity in the South. Martin has been president of the Class of 1961 since graduation. In 1976 he received the Haverford Award for Service to Society.

Julie Min Chayet '91

Julie is managing director and market trust executive for U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. With extensive knowledge of trust design and administration, she works directly with individuals, families, institutions, and foundations to develop and oversee investment and trust relationships. Julie previously worked in the New York office of Fiduciary Trust Company International as trust counsel and in business development. She also practiced law in both New York and Connecticut.

She holds an M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a J.D. from Fordham Law School. A former board member of the Estate Planning Council of New York City, Inc., she is a member of the New York Bar Association, Section on Trusts and Estates, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Julie is also president-elect of the Connecticut Chapter of the Fordham Law Association. In 2015 she joined the Multicultural Alumni Action Group (MAAG) as an advisory board member and currently serves on the MAAG Mentorship Initiative (MMI).

Julie’s volunteer activities for the College have been extensive, including serving her class as an annual giving volunteer since 1991 and on the Reunion Committee for five reunions. She has supported career development as well as Institutional Advancement in several capacities. She was the New York regional chair throughout the 1990s, and her roles on the Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC) have spanned from student member to president.

The MacIntosh Award

Adam Shulman '01

After earning a J.D. from Duke University Law School, Adam joined the New York City office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as an associate in the firm’s corporate practice, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He subsequently took an in-house role at Globe Specialty Metals, one of the world’s largest producers of silicon and silicon-based alloys. At Globe, Adam led the creation of a joint venture with a local mining company in Nigeria, one of the first investments by a U.S. company in that country’s mineral mining industry after the adoption of new regulations.

Adam is now associate general counsel for Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 chemical and specialty materials company in Dallas. He acts as North American division counsel for the company’s $4 billion acetyl chemicals business. He is also its chief attorney for mergers and acquisitions and recently closed an $800 million joint venture to construct the largest methanol plant in the United States. Recently, the company designated Adam as chief competition law counsel, to ensure the company’s compliance with increasingly complex international laws.

Since 2011, Adam has served as an alumni volunteer, interviewing prospective Fords in North Texas. While at Haverford, Adam co-hosted The Lerner and Lowe End Theory, a radio show devoted to show tunes and hip-hop—15 years too early, given the popularity of the musical Hamilton.

The Friend of Haverford College Award

Marilou Allen

Marilou joined the College in 1981, directing the Women’s Center (which opened the following year) and the community service program, Eighth Dimension. She empowered students to engage in a range of service projects and supported the College’s transformation into a fully coeducational institution, with a network of resources that has become a national model. She also served as one of the College’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Officers.

A native of Ardmore, Marilou has fostered a relationship with Haverford since the 1960s, when she began working with Serendipity Day Camp, which her brother co-founded. An active Girl Scout leader, she was devoted to providing single-parent families with an affordable summer camp for their children. She played a significant role when the camp reopened in 1984.

Marilou earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in administration leadership from Antioch College and later a master’s in law and social policy from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work. Haverford awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2000, and she received the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Founders Award in 2013. She retired from the College in August 2015.

The Forman Award

DAVID FELSEN '66, P'92

David has spent 45 years devoted to Quaker education. In 2011 he retired after 23 years as headmaster of Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA. Prior to that he spent a total of 22 years at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, initially as teacher, coach, and community liaison and later as dean of students, upper school principal, and dean of faculty. David earned a master’s in ancient history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971.

His involvement with Haverford athletics extended well beyond playing varsity soccer, basketball, and baseball. In 1968 the College invited him to coach the junior varsity soccer team and then the varsity squad, which he did for seven years while teaching and serving as co-principal at Germantown Friends. He has also served on the College’s Athletic Advisory Committee.

Long dedicated to the integration of academics and athletics, David has extensive experience with camps and other programs serving community children. He founded a basketball and reading/math clinic at Germantown Friends and a similar program at Friends’ Central. He also worked at Haverford’s Serendipity Day Camp, Swarthmore Upward Bound, and the Germantown Boys and Girls Club, where he served as a board member. He is currently on an advisory board seeking to build a youth basketball center in North Philadelphia that features a strong academic component. His son, David Felsen Jr. ’92, is also a Haverford graduate.

2015-2016 Nominating Committee

  • Peter Anderson '92
  • Samantha Beers '84
  • Bennett Berson '81, Chairperson
  • Christina Bradley '12
  • Iris Colon '06
  • Lisa Sharf Green '84
  • Celine Tobal '06
  • Spencer Ware '01, Pres., AAEC

About the Awards

Each year, the Haverford Alumni Association recognizes outstanding alumni who have provided sustained support to the College in a variety of areas. These awards are presented at a special convocation during Alumni Weekend.

Our volunteers give back to the College so much during the year—the Alumni Awards are just one of the ways in which we publicly acknowledge our alumni for all they do for us.

For more information about Haverford's Alumni Awards program, please email Sandra Johnson or call 610-896-1143.