Syracuse University

Melvin Eggers Senior Alumni Award

Established in 1988 by Chancellor Emeritus William P. Tolley, the Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award "was created out of my deep respect and admiration for Chancellor Eggers and to honor senior alumni whose leadership and service to society has been joined with loyalty and service to Syracuse University."

The award is presented to those alumni who have graduated more than 50 years ago and have demonstrated loyalty and service to Syracuse University. It is conferred at the Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award Dinner during Orange Central weekend.

To learn more about the Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award or to nominate an alumnus, contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 
(315) 443-3258.

Donald HornungOur 2013 Recipient:
Donald G. Hornung ’53

Donald Hornung graduated from Syracuse University in 1953 with a degree in business, then went to work in the aluminum industry, spending 25 years in a sales capacity at two companies. He lived in Westport, Connecticut, during that period, married, and had three children.

In 1980, at the age of 50, Hornung started a manufacturers' rep business, selling products to window and door manufacturers. The business grew--his two sons joined him and continue selling products throughout the United States. Today, he is retired and spends most of his time in Naples, Florida. He still has a home in Westport, where two of his children and grandchildren live. His daughter lives with her son in Florida.

A loyal supporter of Syracuse University for many years, Hornung has given both his time and treasure. He has served as chair for many, if not all, of his class reunions and was very instrumental in putting together one of the most successful 50th reunions held at SU. His classmates continue to look to him as their class leader. "It's been a nice run," he says. "Many thanks to SU for starting me on the right track."

Hornung was also instrumental in securing a lasting class reunion gift in the Orange Grove. "He is a kind man and always willing to lend his support and guidance," says Cristina Swift, assistant director of Alumni Relations. Don's good friend, Vince Rigolosi ’54, says, "There is no alumnus who is more deserving than Don, whose loyalty, love, and service to his alma mater have been demonstrated time and time again since his graduation 60 years ago."

Hornung was an active roller blader for 20 years until he was 79. "At 80," he remarks, "I got smarter and now stick to playing tennis several times a week."

Previous Recipients

2012
Penny Jones Allyn ’60
William Allyn G’59
Shirley Fenner Reidenbaugh ’54

2011
Edward S. Miller ’51
Kenneth R. Sparks ’56, G’61, G’64,

2010
Brad Strait ’58, G’60, G’65

2009
Gregg Doherty ’55

2008
Eta Pi Upsilon Alumnae Board

2007
Marshall M. Gelfand ’50
Robert S. Rosenthal ’53

2006
Warren Boin ’42
Mel Elfin ’51
Robert Laubach G’56, G’63
Jack Stewart ’46, G’50
Wilfreda Stone ’43, G’44

2005
Donald Ingram ’54, G’60
Eleanor Ludwig ’43, G’45
Joseph Strasser ’53, G’58
Janet Weltmann ’35

2004
William C. Archbold ’50
Marilyn Johnson Giancola ’46
Allen C. Ritz ’35
June Vetter Rose ’35, ’36, G’43
Harold A. Schlotzhauer ’38

2003
Charles A. Chappell, Jr. ’49
Elizabeth Mary Henes ’42, G’43, G’51
Rev. Irving G. Hill ’50
Marcia C. Hill ’50, G’84

2002
Janet Gustafson ’46
H. Clayton Holbrook ’36
William K. Phipps ’47, G’50, Ph.D.’70
Ruth Ross Sager ’47
Flora A. Workman ’46, G’64

2001
Miriam Decker Alsever ’37
Yvonne Miller Phillips ’41, G’70
George C. Stafford ’48, G’72

2000
Martin S. Dembo ’35
Irwin Guttag ’37
Marjorie Vogel Guttag ’38
Irving Hotze ’43
Beverly Blaney Martin ’48, ’60, G’70

1999
Barbara Nicholson Conklin ’44
William P. Conklin ’44
Richard J. Fay ’44
Dorothy Golub Spira ’28 (Posthumous)

1998
Douglas P. Cagwin ’41
Anne Pinck Easter ’35
L. Edgar Prina ’38, G’40

1997
Marcus Clements ’36
Beth Maxwell Duncan ’38
Morris 'Mike' Weeden ’41

1996
Virginia Guilfoil Allen ’40
Jerome R. Gerber ’34
Arlene Liberman Gerber ’34

1995
Forrest H. Witmeyer ’28

1994
The Rev. Dr. Charles Boddie ’33
Walter S. Kiebach ’36
Mary Gilmore Smith ’29, G’38

1993
Horace J. Landry ’34, G’36
Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer ’33, H’90
Elaine Benderoff Spector ’42
Joseph Spector ’38, G’41

1992
Bettina Barrett Chapman ’33
Florence Kerins Murray ’38
Royal L. O'Day ’36
Albert Ornstein ’33

1991
Kathleen Walker Rossman ’39
Newell W. Rossman Jr. ’39
Virginia C. Simons ’42, G’54
Lois Gannet Vosburgh ’32

1990
Harvey O. Banks ’30
Pearle Ness Clements ’35
Walter Rose ’19, G’22
Frank J. Schantz ’31

1989
Abbie Harper Bigelow ’22
Harry D. Goldman ’25
Julius Kahn ’22
Anthony Toney ’34

1988
Paul C. Baldwin ’36
Bernard S. Cohen ’35, JD’38
Edythe Farnham Ely G ’32
Anne Marie Hurley Reynolds ’28



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