Scholar, Executive Earn Highest Service Honor

M.E. Grenander R. Guy Chamberlain

A distinguished emeritus faulty member and a former IBM executive have been named Distinguished Service Medalists for outstanding service and loyalty to the University at Albany.

M.E. Grenander, one of the University's best known scholars and a faculty member from 1948 to 1969, and R. Guy Chamberlin, a retired account executive who has lent time and support to numerous University organizations, will be given their tributes on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the University's Distinguished Service Awards Dinner.

The distinguished service award, the highest honor bestowed by the University Council. Instituted in 1983, it recognizes private citizens or public officials who support public higher education in New York State and/or enhance the University's quality and reputation.

Grenander, distinguished professor of English, is an Aristotelean Scholar, a noted author (her most recent book is Poems of Ambrose Bierce) and a loyal benefactor of the University. She founded its first named scholarship in honor of her late husband and faculty member, the James W. Corbett Distinguished Professorship. With Corbett she helped co-found the Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Academic Excellence.

Chamberlin is director of the University at Albany Foundation. Just recently retired from his career at IBM, he is a member of the Foundation's Community Council, which fosters collaboration between the University and the Capital Region, a generous Annual Fund supporter, and a six-time chair of the Citizen Laureate Awards Dinner Selection Committee. On the Council, he has helped develop programs and initiatives that have reinforced Albany's academic and cultural strengths, as well as enhancing life in the entire Region.

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