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Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Alumni Award of The Pennsylvania State University was proposed by President Milton S. Eisenhower and adopted by the Board of Trustees on January 19, 1951. The principal purpose of the award is to recognize and salute the achievements of outstanding alumni whose "personal lives, professional achievements and community service exemplify the objective of the Alma mater."

All persons who have been regular full-time students at Penn State, whether or not they have graduated, are eligible for the award. Students in correspondence courses, noncredit courses or informal extension instruction courses are not eligible, nor are current members of the Board of Trustees, current members of the University staff and current officers and members of the executive board of the Alumni Association.

Alumni are selected annually for this honor by the Board of Trustees from a group of candidates nominated by the trustees, faculty, staff and alumni. Presentation of the awards is made at the time of the alumni reunions in June.

The award consists of an engraved bronze medallion, matching pendant, and framed inscribed certificate. A commemorative booklet, containing pictures of the recipients, biographical sketches and the formal citations, is printed as a souvenir of the occasion.

Alumni, faculty, staff, students, or friends of Penn State may submit nominations. To nominate someone for this award, please visit the Penn State Alumni Association's website

College of Education Distinguished Alumni

2018 Roger L. Williams, '88g
2016 George Santiago Jr., '86, '94
2013 James T. Harris, '88
2012 Harold Cheatham, '61
2011 Ovid J.L. Tzeng, '73
2009 J. Bonnie Newman, '69
2008 *Harry Landis Eberly, '45
2004 Eda C.B. Machado de Souza, '73, '75
2003 C. Kirby Yung, '78
2001 John W. Moore, '70
2001 Suzie McConnell-Serio, '88
1998 *Donald M. Cook, Jr., '60g
1997 *Richard E. Grubb '71g
1991 Helen Dickerson Wise, '49, '52, '68
1990 T. J. Anderson, Jr., '59
1989 Allan W. Ostar, '48
1983 *Harriet Wenner McGeehan, '30
1982 Darlene Dintino Large, '59
1981 Ruth H. Johnson, '59
1976 *Gertrude A. Barber, '40, '45, '57
1975 *Gardner E. Lindzey, '43, '45
1974 *Martha M. Dohner, '37
1974 *Lucetta Parker Kennedy, '33
1973 Barbara Linshes Weisberger, '45
1972 *John Thomas Biggers, '48, '48, '54
1972 *Margaret Bittner Parke, '27
1970 *Richard S. Schweiker, '50
1968 *Gilbert Nurick, '28
1966 *Amos E. Neyhart, '34g
1964 *Margaret Mary Mercer, '29, '34, '38
1962 *Barbara M. Troxell, '37, '39g
1961 *Clara Cockerille, '41, '51g
1959 *Mary Frear Keeler, '24
1957 *John R. Richards, '31g
1951 *George D. Stoddard, '20


* indicates the alum is deceased