Awards

In recognition of their service to the College, society, and their professions, sixteen Fords were honored at a public ceremony during Alumni Weekend on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Watch the full video below.

2019 Awards will be presented during Alumni Weekend 2019.
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Nominations are being accepted for 2019 when the classes of 1944-2014 will be celebrating Reunions, on the 5-year cycle. Nominees do not necessarily have to be in a reunion class; however, it is particularly meaningful to receive an award while celebrating with classmates. All nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

2018 Alumni Association Award Ceremony with Honoree Remarks

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2018 Award Recipients

The Kannerstein Award

William "Pete" Dorwart ’63 P’96 P’97
William "Pete" Dorwart, a music engraver and a cellist, spent most of his professional career as a clinical chemist for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr Hospital. After retiring from chemistry he took up the creation of new editions of old operettas. His work has been used by companies around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera of New York. While at Haverford, Pete majored in biology and received his B.A. in 1963. As an undergraduate he was a member of the track and basketball teams, and was a Glee Club member. Pete earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969. Pete has been involved with Haverford on every level as a committed member of the community. Starting as an alumnus and then as a parent and lifetime member of the Arboretum Association, Pete has dedicated his time and effort to Haverford specifically through his Class Reunion volunteer efforts and his contributions to the beautification of spaces across campus through wood art and furniture pieces he has created from felled campus trees. Pete is married to Bonnie Brice Dorwart BMC ’64 and together they have three sons: Randy (Haverford Class of 1996), Brice, and Michael. Pete and Bonnie reside in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

Elon Spar ’83 P’20
Elon Spar was the CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald Europe and Asia. He is currently building an exchange to trade movie box office futures. Elon earned a B.A. in economics and political science from Haverford in 1983, and an M.B.A. from Stanford in 1987. Elon served as a member of Haverford’s Board of Managers from 2003 to 2015 where he was chairman of the Finance Committee. He was the chair of the International Council from 2003 to 2012. Additionally, Elon is past chair of the Steering Committee for the Committee of One Hundred, a former member of the Campaign Executive Committee for the Educating to Lead, Educating to Serve Campaign, and a former Investment Advisory Council member. During Educating to Lead, Educating to Serve, he established the Sondra Lee Spar International Student Scholarship Fund in honor of his mother. Elon was honored with the Charles Perry Award in 2002. Elon is married to Anne P. Spar and together they have three children: Benjamin, Daniel (Haverford Class of 2020), and Lily. The family resides in Beverly Hills, CA.

The Haverford Award

Bruce Davidson ’73
Bruce Davidson practices pulmonary and critical care medicine with more than 40 years in research and clinical respiratory disease. Bruce earned a B.S. in biology and chemistry from Haverford in 1973 and played attack on Haverford’s lacrosse team. He earned an M.D. from Temple in 1977, and a M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins in 1987. He has spent most of his career in public service, with residency training in public and VA hospitals. In the USA and six developing countries he worked with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases scientists to register the first oral rotavirus vaccine against infant gastroenteritis. His research in blood clots to the lung led to new discoveries and 7 co-authored New England Journal of Medicine papers. During the USA tuberculosis epidemic in the 1990s, Bruce was recruited to run Philadelphia’s TB Control Program and was the first physician elected President of the National TB Controllers Association. The treatment clinic he established in 1995 at 305 South 13th Street still operates there today. As a teaching physician, public official, and leader of professional medical organizations, Bruce has mentored other doctors and helped develop educational institutions in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other countries. Recently his intervention led to modifications of a National Institutes of Health-sponsored study mistreating non-consenting asthmatic children. His decades of applying compassion, dignity, and science in public health and volunteer clinics with indigent patients exemplifies the best of Haverford’s humanitarian ideals. Bruce resides in Burien, WA and his favorite comic is Piranha Club, MAD.

Steven Drizin ’83
Steven Drizin is a clinical professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Steven received a B.A. in political science from Haverford with Honors in 1983. In 1986, he earned a J.D. from Northwestern Law where he returned to teach and practice in 1991. From 1993-2005, Steven was the Supervising Attorney at the Law School’s Children and Family Justice Center. His work at the Center, particularly his leadership in the successful effort to outlaw the juvenile death penalty, led the ABA in 2005 to award him its highest honor for juvenile justice advocacy, the Livingston Hall Award. In 2008, Steven co-founded the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, the first innocence organization in the country to focus on wrongfully convicted defendants under 18 at the time of their alleged crimes. Steven’s research interests involve the study of false and coerced confessions and his scholarship has been frequently cited by federal and state courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Recently, one of Steven’s more high profile cases was represented as a central storyline in the Netflix docuseries “Making a Murderer.” Through his steadfast efforts, Steven has become a national expert on juvenile justice and wrongful conviction related issues. His commitment to representing youthful offenders perfectly exemplifies Haverford’s commitment to restorative justice and the betterment of society. Steven is married to Beth Levine. The couple resides in Winnetka, IL, where they have raised four children, Benjamin, Jeremy, Gabriel, and Hannah.

The Distinguished Achievement Award

Eldora Ellison ’88
Eldora L. Ellison, Ph.D. is a director (partner) in the Biotechnology/Chemical and the Litigation Practice Groups at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, an intellectual property specialty firm in Washington, D.C. She earned a B.S. in biology from Haverford in 1988, a Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology from Cornell University in 1993, and a J.D. from Georgetown Law in 1999. Over the course of her career, Eldora has earned recognition as a leading lawyer in IP law, particularly in the life sciences. She represents large multinational corporations, start-up companies, and not-for-profit organizations to secure, protect, and defend their patent rights. Eldora is a member of Sterne Kessler's three-member Executive Committee that oversees the budget and management of the firm’s 130 attorneys and 200 professional staff. In 2015, the National Law Journal recognized her as one of its "Top 50 Litigation Trailblazers,” and Law360 named her a "MVP in Life Sciences.” Managing Intellectual Property nominated her for its "PTAB Litigator of the Year" award, and 2018 marks the sixth consecutive year the publication named her an "IP Star." Additionally, Eldora is often quoted in news outlets for her analyses of developments in patent law and is a contributing author of Patent Office Litigation, Second Edition, published in 2017. She resides in Edgewater, MD.

Carl Grunfeld ’68 P’10
Carl Grunfeld is a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and chief, Division of Metabolism & Endocrinology, and associate chief of staff for Research and Development at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco. He earned his B.S. in biology from Haverford in 1968 where he was a Customs chair and a photographer for the paper and yearbook. He then went on to earn a Ph.D. in pharmacology and M.D. from Albert Einstein Medical College in 1974 and 1975, respectively. Carl is both a basic scientist and clinical investigator whose research has focused on the effects of infection and inflammation on metabolism and body composition. His group determined why people waste away with AIDS and developed therapies to improve muscle mass. Carl provided medical care for many patients with AIDS. His laboratory demonstrated how infections such as HIV and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cause heart disease by turning HDL, which is known as “good cholesterol,” into “bad cholesterol.” Carl is married to Gay Grunfeld and is father to her three children: Olivia Danforth (Haverford Class of 2010), Evelyn Danforth, and William Danforth. Carl and Gay reside in San Francisco, CA.

The Young Alumni Award

Rachel Davis ’13
Rachel Joy Davis is a project geologist and sustainability advisor at Environmental Resources Management, Inc. (ERM) in Malvern, PA. She earned her B.A. in geology from Haverford in 2013, and was an active member of the international geology field trips, soccer team, crew team, Honor Council, JSAPP, MAST, Earthquakers, Phonathon, and Alumni Weekend staff as an undergraduate. Particularly dedicated to recycling and reusability, Rachel aspires to start an environmental and sustainability education program for K-12 schools. In the meantime, she has worked to partner with local land conservancy programs and elementary and middle schools to teach about the power of recycling during Earth and Career Days. She has initiated company-wide recycling programs at ERM, influencing employee mindsets and business units from Hong Kong and Australia to across the US while removing thousands of pounds of waste from landfills. The monetary return received from the local upcycling programs is then donated to her company’s pro-bono environmental consulting group and so far, these donations have supported a variety of community enhancing projects including women’s education efforts, water health, and student enhancement. She believes in positioning herself as a motivating element to move toward a more sustainable societal structure, starting with the individual. In her spare time, Rachel is also a professional multi-medium portrait artist. She resides in West Chester, PA.

Shashi Neerukonda ’08
Shashi Neerukonda is the founder of Sarvata, an advisory organization supporting the wellbeing and development of global leaders and organizations in the field of social change. Prior to this, she served as the Ecosystem Lead for The Wellbeing Project where she led a global network of leaders who committed to bring strategic and programmatic change related to wellbeing and individual and organizational development to their organizations and communities. She has also served as a Program Manager at The Synergos Institute where she managed the largest network of social entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa and collaborative partnerships focused on social entrepreneurship education and policy in the Middle East, Central Asia, and USAID/State Department along with support to multi-stakeholder partnerships in Namibia, Ethiopia, India, Canada and Brazil. In 2008, Shashi earned a BA in anthropology from Haverford, where she participated in a diverse subset of clubs and committees, including Customs, South Asia Society, Student Council, Council on Sustainability and Social Responsibility and developed a series of town hall discussions around multicultural issues for the Haverford community. As an alum, she in a member of both the Multicultural Alumni Action Group (MAAG) and the Young Alumni Advisory Group. While traveling, Shashi actively seeks to connect with local alumni and has been privileged to meet amazing members of the Haverford community. Shashi resides in New York, NY.

The Forman Award

Joel Censer ’08
Joel Censer currently serves as the chief program officer at Harlem Lacrosse, where he presides over day-to-day operations of the program and their in-school intervention programming in five different cities. Joel earned a B.A. in history from Haverford in 2008, where he was a member and captain of the men's lacrosse team and earned All-American honors during his senior year. Before becoming CPO, Joel was the director of advancement at Harlem Lacrosse where, among other things, he built an independent school and college admissions counseling program that helped send over 75 students to independent schools and top-tier colleges with over 25 million dollars in scholarship dollars earned. From 2013-2015, Joel served as the boys program director at Frederick Douglass Academy in Central Harlem where he managed Harlem Lacrosse's flagship school site and also built much of the programmatic curriculum and philosophy that has come to define Harlem Lacrosse's work today. Joel has been interviewed and featured in numerous publications and was profiled in DICK's Sporting Goods "Sports Matter" Campaign in Summer 2015. Before joining Harlem Lacrosse, Joel worked at Lacrosse Magazine, George Mason University, for Barack Obama's campaign in North Carolina in 2008, and as a coach for high school and youth lacrosse teams in the Washington, D.C., Metro area. Joel is married to Jennifer Spector and the couple resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Leigh James Castanos ’03
Leigh James Castanos is a Behavioral Health Consultant at the Mary Howard Health Center under the Public Health Management Corporation in Philadelphia. Leigh earned her B.A. in anthropology, with a concentration in education from Haverford in 2003, where she was also an active member and eventual two year co-captain of the women’s lacrosse team as an undergraduate. As an alum, Leigh is an active admission representative and proponent for Haverford. After graduation she traveled extensively and lived abroad for two years in Cyprus and Spain. Professionally, Leigh started her non-profit career at the St. Anthony Foundation of San Francisco, where she facilitated support groups for homeless men in a substance use recovery program. This work launched her interest in the social work field. In 2011, Leigh earned an M.S.W. from the University of California, Berkeley. Upon completing this degree, she spent time as a social worker in hospice supporting patients and families through the emotionally challenging process of dying. She returned to Philadelphia in 2014 to work at the Mary Howard Health Center, where she continues to provide mental health care to underserved and underinsured homeless individuals, demonstrating her continued commitment to serving those in need. On weekends, Leigh frequently runs marathons for charity. She remains connected to the tenants of her Quaker upbringing and education by treating people in her life with compassion, while promoting self-efficacy. Leigh is married to Ryan Castanos and the couple resides in Bryn Mawr, PA with their one year old son.

The Kaye Award

Nehad Chowdhury ’98
Nehad Chowdhury is a managing director at Citigroup in New York, with responsibility for the firm’s internal views on global macroeconomic and country risks. He received a B.A. in economics at Haverford in 1998, where he also played cricket for all four years and served as a campus tour guide. In 2003, he earned a M.P.A. in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to Citigroup, he spent most of his career at Goldman Sachs, but has also worked at the International Monetary Fund, Bluebay Asset Management, and McKinsey & Company. As a banker and policymaker, Nehad has also been an advisor to numerous governments around the world on issues related to public finances and capital markets transactions. Over the course of his career, both personally and professionally, Nehad has been a strong advocate for Haverford students with an interest in finance, consulting, and public policy. He has promoted the recruitment of Haverford alumni at each institution he’s worked, returns to campus to participate in career development initiatives, and mentors current students and alumni regarding their careers. Nehad also serves as an admission representative and a member of the Advisory Board for Fords in Finance. He and his wife, Ashna Ahmed, reside in New York, NY, with their toddler.

The Perry Award

Gerard "Jerry" Anderson ’73
Gerard “Jerry” Anderson is a professor of health policy and management and professor of international health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management. Jerry, a member of the cricket team as an undergraduate, received a B.A. in economics from Haverford in 1973. As an alum, Jerry has been a steadfast admission representative and giving advocate on behalf of Haverford. He has led his Class Reunion Gift campaigns since their 25th Reunion in 1998, where the class established its own scholarship fund. In 1973, Jerry earned a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his arrival at Johns Hopkins, Jerry held various positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he helped develop Medicare prospective payment legislation. He has directed reviews of health systems for the World Bank and USAID in multiple countries, authored two books on health care payment policy, published over 300 peer reviewed articles, testified in Congress over 50 times as an individual witness, and serves on multiple editorial committees. Jerry is married to Judith Peres and the couple resides in Chevy Chase, MD, with a daughter, Anna, who lives nearby.

Richard "Rich" Lyon ’68
Richard Lyon is a corporate lawyer whose work has most recently concentrated on technology and technology-driven transactions in the U.S. and Europe. Transferring to Haverford after his sophomore year, Rich earned a B.A. in English in 1968, followed by a law degree from Harvard in 1971. During his time on campus he was a member of the cricket and basketball teams and a student representative on a Board of Managers committee established to study new athletic facilities. Rich continued this work as an alum, actively working on the plans for what is now the Gardner Center. Rich has been a longtime giving advocate for his Class Reunions, a member of the National Gifts Committee/Athletic Steering Committee during the Educating to Lead, Educating to Serve Campaign, and a leadership gifts advocate during the recent Lives That Speak Campaign on the Annual Fund Leadership Committee. He has also volunteered as an admission representative. Rich spent most of his career at large law firms, including Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and served in-house as the North American General Counsel for the Ericsson Group, an international telecommunications company. His corporate practice focused on outsourcing, structure, and financing of the acquisition and exploitation of intellectual capital, licensing, distribution, joint ventures, and other strategic alliances. A longtime arbitrator, since moving to Bozeman, Montana in 2012, Rich been expanding his work in mediation and dispute resolution while working in general management and stewardship positions with a number of conservation nonprofits.

The Sheppard Award

David "Bruce" West ’78 P’09

David “Bruce” West is a principal and founder of Rivermark, LLC, a technology and market research firm focusing on the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Bruce earned a B.A. in history from Haverford in 1978, and an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1981. While at Haverford he was a four-year member of the baseball team, serving as captain in his senior year. For the past 40 years, Bruce has been a steadfast representative for Haverford as a class volunteer. Several years ago, Bruce was asked to serve as chair of the Milestone Reunion Task Force (MRTF), with a mission of improving the reunion experience for Haverfordians. In his capacity as chair, Bruce recommended to the College that we open our aperture to carefully consider the full “Alumni Journey”, from graduation to Milestone Reunions, rather than focus exclusively on 25th and 50th Reunions. Bruce’s insight and recommendation resulted in the MRTF expanding its initial milestone focus to an examination of how to improve the Reunion experience across all five-year cycles. After presenting the recommendations of the MRTF to the Board of Managers and having them approved, the Reunion program has witnessed a marked increase in satisfaction across all class years. Bruce is married to Patricia Ruth “PR” West BMC ’79, and they have three children: Susan, Cassie (Haverford Class of 2009), and Thomas. Bruce and PR reside in Doylestown, PA.

The MacIntosh Award

Colin Rule ’93
Colin Rule is vice president of online dispute resolution for Tyler Technologies. He is also currently the co-chair of the Advisory Board of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution at UMass-Amherst and a non-resident fellow at the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School. In 2011, Colin co-founded Modria, an ODR service provider, and served as CEO and COO until Modria was acquired by Tyler in 2017. Formerly, he served as the first director of online dispute resolution for eBay and PayPal. Colin earned a B.A. in political science and peace studies from Haverford in 1993, and an M.P.P. in conflict resolution and technology from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 1999. While at Haverford, he was President of Students Council, a Customs person, and he sung with the Chamber Singers, the Humtones, and the Hiram L. Weinstein Memorial Funk Project. Colin is very active admission interviewer who enjoys sharing Haverford’s ideals with potential students; his objective is to ensure these applicants will uphold Haverford’s ideals if recommended for admission. He also serves as a Reunion and regional volunteer. He is married to Cheryl Sternman Rule ’92. Colin and Cheryl have two sons: Andrew and Alexander. The family resides in San Jose, CA.

The Friend of Haverford College Award

Elizabeth Enloe
Elizabeth Enloe has long been associated with Quaker service and educational commitments. From 1983-2012, she served as regional director for the American Friends Service Committee based in Atlanta, and in the New York metropolitan area. Between 1975 and 1983 she provided development assistance and refugee aid in the Dominican Republic and Somalia with the National Council of Churches. She has been a member of the Scarsdale, NY, and Atlanta, GA, Meetings; her current membership is with 15th Street Meeting in New York, NY. Elizabeth serves as co-clerk of the Friends Seminary (K-12) Board of Trustees and as trustee of Kendal on Hudson. A Class of 1973 Swarthmore graduate with a degree in English, Elizabeth was on the Haverford Board of Managers from 2002 to 2015. She also served as a member of the Haverford Corporation from 1995 to 2015 and was reappointed to a current term in April, 2017. Elizabeth resides in New York, NY.

Awards Committee

Peter Anderson '92

Bruce Andrews '90

Christina Bradley '12

Will Gould '91

Reema Keswani '96

Emily Lawrence '87

Evan LeFlore '06, Chair

Gabe Mehreteab '72

David Wertheimer '77
  • President of the Alumni Association Executive Committee