For 25 years, the Cornell alumni community has honored exceptional service to the university by bestowing the Frank H. T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award upon dedicated, generous, and passionate Cornellians. To mark the silver anniversary, the 2019 recipients—four individuals and two couples—will be honored at a dinner during the Trustee Council Alumni Weekend (TCAM) on October 18.
“We look to these Cornellians as examples of lifelong alumni engagement,” says Michelle J. Vaeth ’98, associate vice president for Alumni Affairs. “Thanks to their lasting contributions, the university is a richer, more vibrant place—and so is the Cornell community all over the world.”
Named for Cornell’s ninth president, Frank H. T. Rhodes, the award was established in 1994 by the Cornell Alumni Federation (now known as the Cornell Alumni Association), with the endorsement of the Board of Trustees Committee on Alumni Affairs. It is given to up to six individuals or couples each year, honoring alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary service to Cornell through long-term volunteer activities within the spectrum of Cornell’s various alumni organizations.
“They inspire alumni of all generations,” says Vaeth.
The recipients of the award in 2019 are:
Peter E. Cooper ’80 and Celia E. Rodee ’81
Mary Bowler Jones ’78
Mitchell E. Kornet ’76, DVM ’79
James C. Morgan ’60, MBA ’63 and Rebecca Quinn Morgan ’60
Andrew H. Tisch ’71
Sheryl Hilliard Tucker ’78