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UAlbany Alumni Association Honors Those Making a Difference

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 3, 2003) - The University at Albany will honor eight alumni at the Alumni Association Awards gala on Friday, June 6, at the Desmond Hotel on Albany-Shaker Road.

The honorees are as follows:

Morris Massry, principal partner in Massry Realty Partners and director of Troy Financial Corporation, will receive the Citizen of the University Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the University by a non-alumnus or alumna.

Donald E. Putterman '52, '53, retired superintendent of the Schoharie Central School District, will receive the Excellence in Alumni Service Award. It recognizes sustained leadership and service to the Alumni Association and/or the University.

Timothy Bermingham '70, '75, a high school teacher in the Wappingers Central School District known for his dynamic teaching style, will receive the Bertha Brimmer Award. The award celebrates excellence in secondary-school teaching.

Albert J. Kaehn Jr. '51, '52, a retired Brigadier General in the United States Air Force and Paul Stec '81, vice president for Finance and Administration at Siena College, will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards. These awards honor alumni who have displayed distinctive achievements in their profession or field of endeavor and/or outstanding service to society or their community.

Excellence in Education Awards, for extraordinary distinction in the field of education, including pre-K through post-secondary classroom teaching, school services and administration/supervision, will be given to:

Mary Joan Koonz Egan '40, '61, '72, director of libraries for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District and a former librarian at Shenendehowa Senior High School, Oneida Junior High School, Albany Public Library and Albany Medical College.

Walter J. Schick '48, '49, (posthumously awarded) retired assistant principal of the Bellmore Merrick School District. Described as a person with integrity, dedication and commitment, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from New York PTA.

Paul F. Hooker '60, '61, a retired teacher and guidance counselor at Shaker High School. He served as acting director of Pupil Personnel Services and is active in cultural affairs, most notably for his work at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady.

The cost of the event is $40 per person. A social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and awards presentation.

Established in 1844 and designated a center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in eight degree-granting schools and colleges. The University is engaged in a $500 million fundraising campaign, the most ambitious in its history, with the goal of placing it among the nation's top 30 public research universities by the end of the decade. For more information about this nationally ranked University, visit

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