Alumni Association Presents Awards at ReunionThe Nevonian Medal is presented to a member of the Nevonian Society who has demonstrated extraordinary and sustained dedication to the College.
Aaron J. Martin, Ph.D., Sc.D. '50 has made major contributions to our world as a scientist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and community leader. He was elected to the College's Board of Trustees in 1973 and achieved emeritus status in 1998. Martin, recipient of F&M's Alumni Medal in 1978, served as national chair of the Century III Campaign and chair of the Board for two three-year terms. He and his wife, Jean, gave the lead gift toward The Martin Library of the Sciences.
The Alumni Medal is presented to an alumna or alumnus in recognition of sustained, distinguished, and outstanding service to the College.
Laurence A. Shadek '72, P'05, P'06, has positively influenced the experience of F&M's student-athletes. Shadek was elected to the College's Board of Trustees in 1998 and re-elected in 2003 and 2008. In 2001, seeing the need to formalize the fundraising and engagement efforts between the athletic programs and alumni, he helped form the Diplomat Athletic Club. He chaired the club's advisory council and oversaw increases in financial support, from $280,000 in 2003 to more than $1 million in 2008. He serves as the athletics liaison on the executive committee of the Board of Trustees.
John F. Weaver '82 came to F&M following in the footsteps of his great-great-grandfather, Franklin Klein Levin, Class of 1853, his great-grandfather, William Darius Happel, Ph.D., Class of 1892, and his uncle, Donald Attwood '52. An active member of F&M's Leadership Council and Real Estate Advisory Committee, he has served as chair of the Benjamin Franklin Society. A member of The John Marshall Society, he was the special gift chair of his 25th Reunion Committee and is his class agent for the Franklin & Marshall Fund. He and his wife, Caroline, hosted a regional Send-Off Party for the Class of 2013.
The Alumni Citation is presented to an alumna or alumnus who is distinguished in a particular profession, has provided dedicated leadership, and has established an exemplary record of accomplishment in a specific field of endeavor.
Thomas L. Gipson '65 is the president of Thomas Gipson Homes Inc., a leading homebuilder in Raleigh, N.C. During his 30-year career, he also has shown his commitment to public service. His partnership with Habitat for Humanity has resulted in his spearheading a local and then a national Home Builders Blitz. He recruited local builders to build 12 homes in 2002 and 24 in 2003. He chaired the national program that produced 459 houses in 2006 and another 269 in 2008. He was named the Ultimate Volunteer by ABC's The View in 2009.
Earl E. Devaney '70 was appointed the chair of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board by President Barack Obama in 2009. The board was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to oversee the spending of the $787 billion economic stimulus package. Previously Devaney worked in the U.S. Secret Service. He later served in various capacities with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Environmental Protection Agency. President Bill Clinton appointed Devaney to serve as the inspector general for the Department of the Interior in 1999.