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 alum, contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 315.443.3258.

Our 2015 Recipients

Molly Corbett Broad ’62, H’09

Molly Corbett Broad ’62, H’09

A leading spokesperson for American higher education, Molly Corbett Broad became the twelfth president of the American Council on Education (ACE)—and the first woman to lead the organization—in 2008.

Broad moved to ACE from the University of North Carolina (UNC), where she served as president from 1997-2006, leading UNC through a period of unprecedented enrollment growth. Due in large part to the success of the Focused Growth Initiative, minority enrollment at UNC grew at more than double the rate of the overall student body during her tenure. She also spearheaded the creation of a need-based financial aid program for in-state undergraduates and the creation of the College Foundation of North Carolina.

Broad held a number of administrative and executive positions at several universities prior to her tenure at UNC. At the California State University system, she served as senior vice chancellor for administration and finance from 1992 to 1993, and as executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer from 1993 until her election as UNC president. Earlier in her career, Broad served as the chief executive officer for Arizona’s three-campus university system (1985–92) and in a succession of administrative posts at Syracuse University (1971–85).

Broad has written and spoken widely on strategic planning for higher education, K–16 partnerships, information technology, globalization and biotechnology. She currently holds seats on the boards of the Public Broadcasting Service and the Parsons Corporation. She is past chair of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, past chair of the Internet 2 board of trustees and past president of the International Council for Distance Education.
She has served on the boards and executive committees of the Business-Higher Education Forum; Council on Competitiveness; National Association of University System Heads; and the Centenary Committee for Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

Broad earned a General Motors Scholarship to Syracuse University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a baccalaureate degree in economics from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She holds a master’s degree in the field from The Ohio State University.

Harriette Line Thompson ’47

Harriette Line Thompson ’47

Carlisle, Pennsylvania, native Harriette “Hattie” Line Thompson received her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University on June 2, 1947. Two hours later, she and her fiancé, Charles Sydnor Thompson—who had also graduated from SU that day—married in Hendricks Chapel.

Harriette had begun her studies at Carlisle’s Dickinson College, but transferred to SU in 1943, after receiving a piano scholarship to attend the School of Music. Steinway artist Elvin Schmitt began teaching at Crouse College that year, and she benefited from four years of his extraordinary tutelage. During the intermission of her senior concert, Dean Ernst Bacon came backstage to offer her a graduate scholarship. This honor—and the fact that she was announcing her engagement that evening—made it one of the most exciting nights of her life, so far.

While Sydnor was at Harvard Law School on the GI Bill, Harriette taught piano at Boston University. Following law school, the couple moved to England on a Fulbright Scholarship, where they continued their studies.

Their first child was born in London three months before they returned to New York City, where Sydnor began his law career. Harriette continued her piano study and gave the first of what was to be three piano concerts at Carnegie Recital Hall. After moving to Charlotte, North Carolina, where she raised five children, Harriette continued her piano career, performing with orchestras, touring around the world, and playing from 1972 to 1980 on the Queen Elizabeth II. She also obtained her master’s degree from University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she also worked many years toward her doctorate. In addition, she taught at Queens College, The Community School of Arts, and the University of North Carolina in Charlotte.

Harriette attributes her ability to pursue her career to her husband, who encouraged her constantly. She is also most grateful for her mother, who was her first piano teacher and a terrific model of talent, unselfishness, inspiration, and unconditional love.

Inspired by the movie The Sound of Music, Harriette took her children to Vienna, Austria, in 1965 so they could learn the German language. While her children attended school, Harriette had time to practice. As her children became more proficient in German, Harriette tweaked her piano playing, and gave her piano debut in Vienna. She earned an Artist’s Diploma from the Conservatory of Vienna.

It was not until the 1970s that Harriette started to run. It was just a trot around the block at first. In 1999, when a choir member told Harriette that she was going to walk a marathon for leukemia and lymphoma, it prompted Harriette at age 76 to sign up for the Rock ’n’ Roll San Diego Marathon. This was the beginning of her annual participation in the marathon, accompanied each year by one or both of her sons, Sydnor and Brenny.

During recent years, Brenny has been a driving influence, persuading her to run local 5Ks and 10Ks to prepare for the marathon. Much to her surprise, Harriette set world records in the 2014 and 2015 Rock ’n’ Roll San Diego Marathons. In 2014, she set the world record time for a woman over 90, and in 2015, at age 92, she became the oldest female to complete a marathon. Motivated by her interest in supporting research to battle leukemia and lymphoma, she has raised about $100,000 for the cause.

As a two-time cancer survivor herself, and having lost both parents, three of her four brothers, and numerous aunts, cousins, and friends to the disease, the fight has become personal for Harriette. On January 27, 2015, her husband of 67 years died of cancer. It is not surprising that she intends to honor his memory by attempting another marathon, and by joining the Leukemia and Lymphoma Team in training for the Rock ’n’ Roll San Diego Marathon in 2016.

Previous Recipients

Marylyn (Turner) Ginsburg-Klaus ’56, G’57
Irma (Ginsberg) Kalish ’45, H’07

Donald G. Hornung ’53

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

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

Brad Strait ’58, G’60, G’65

Gregg Doherty ’55

Eta Pi Upsilon Alumnae Board

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forrest H. Witmeyer ’28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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