The 2023 Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Awards were held in Ithaca on Saturday, October 21, 2023.  Please see below to view the tribute videos and photographs from the annual ceremony and dinner to honor last year's award recipients.

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2024 Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award Recipients

Please join us in congratulating these exceptional alumni as the 2024 recipients of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Awards:

  • Franci J. Blassberg ’75, JD ’77
  • Wayne P. Merkelson ’73, JD ’75 & Dr. Nancy Roistacher ’72  
  • Robert A. Rosenberg ’88
  • Barton J. Winokur ’61

A Prestigious Honor

Frank H. T. Rhodes, the ninth president of Cornell University, is one of the most beloved and respected administrators in Cornell’s history and has eloquently inspired alumni of all ages as well as generations of Cornell students to continue their life after Cornell as dedicated Cornellians. In 1994, the Cornell Alumni Association, with the endorsement of the Board of Trustees Committee on Alumni Affairs, established the Frank H. T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award in his honor.

This award recognizes alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary service to Cornell through long-term volunteer activity. Consideration is given to the length and depth of activity; gifts are not among the criteria used to select honorees. University trustees are not eligible for consideration until they are no longer active members of the board. A maximum of six awards may be presented annually.


Do you know a Cornellian who has done the greatest good for Cornell? If you know an extraordinary alumni volunteer for Cornell who has given selflessly of their time and talent since graduation, please consider nominating that person for the 2025 Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award.

Honorees are chosen each year from candidates nominated by Cornell alumni. A special committee reviews nominations and announces honorees each spring. The recipients are then invited to return to campus in the fall to receive their awards at a special celebration in their honor.

Please be sure to consider the below criteria before making your nomination.

  • Length and breadth of the nominee’s activities and leadership
  • Unique or unsung contributions made to Cornell
  • Involvement with Cornell since the nominee’s graduation
  • Graduated 35 or more years ago
  • University trustees and members of the selection committee are not eligible until their term ends.

Gifts to Cornell, professional achievements, and non-Cornell volunteer service are not considered when selecting honorees.


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Black and white photo of Emertius President Frank Rhodes

Remembering Frank H.T. Rhodes

“Frank Rhodes set the standard by which all research university presidents can be measured." — Ezra Cornell ’70, Cornell University’s life trustee

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