Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Biographies for the recipients of the awards listed and linked below have been updated when possible. Otherwise, they represent the information available as of the dates of induction. Send updates or corrections.

  • Livingston College Distinguished Alumni Award: Established in September 2000 to recognize Livingston College alumni who have distinguished themselves by contributions they have made in their chosen fields of endeavor, by the leadership they have exhibited, and by the general benefits to the larger society resulting from their activities.
  • Seth Dvorin Distinguished Young Alumni Award: Established in November 2004 in memory of Army First Lt. Seth Jeremy Dvorin '02 (Administration of Justice), who was tragically killed in Iraq on February 3, 2004. The Seth Dvorin Award is presented to Livingston College young alumni 30 years old and under who have distinguished themselves by contributions they have made in their chosen fields of endeavor, by the leadership they have exhibited, and by the general benefits to the larger society resulting from their activities. The three recipients of this award are noted below.

2015 Inductees

The 2015 Livingston College Distinguished Alumni and Livingston Legacy Awards were presented Tuesday, November 10, at the Rutgers Club in New Brunswick, New Jersey. LAA honored three distinguished alumni: 

ROBERT P. BERTRAND  (LC'01) KENNETH B. COP (LC'95) DEBORAH L. STOKES (LC'74)
Robert Bertrand Kenneth Cop Deborah Stokes
Radio Engineer
Bio and video
Rutgers University Executive Director of Police Services / Chief of Police
Bio and video
Museum Curator and Arts Educator
Bio and video

The Livingston Legacy Award went to Wilson Carey McWilliams, a distinguished political science professor from Livingston College who died in 2005.


2013 Inductees

The 2013 LAA Distinguished Alumni and Livingston Legacy Awards were presented Wednesday, October 9, at the Rutgers Club. LAA honored three distinguished alumni:  

NDIDI N. AMUTAH  (LC'03) NICHOLAS FERRONI (LC'03) JESSIE J. HANNA (LC'07, RWJMS'14)
Ndidi Amutah Nicholas Ferroni Jessie J. Hanna
Assistant Professor
Researcher on Health and Nutrition
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Educator and Historian
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Physician
Researcher on Pediatric Cancer
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The Livingston Legacy Award went to Roger Cohen, a professor emeritus of Livingston's and Rutgers' journalism program. 


2011 Inductees

On Saturday, May 14, 2011, the Livingston Alumni Association honored Edward M. (Eddie) Jordan and Gregory Q. Brown as Distinguished Alumni, at a ceremony at the Livingston Student Center in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Brown accepted the LAA Distinguished Alumni Award in a presentation held on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at Winants Hall, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.) 

GREGORY Q. BROWN (LC'82) EDWARD M. JORDAN (SMLR'15)
Gregory Q. Brown Eddie Jordan
Rutgers Board of Governors Chair;
Business Leader
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 Rutgers Men's Basketball Head Coach (2013-2016)
and Player (1973-1977)
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2009 Inductees

On Saturday, May 16, 2009, the Livingston Alumni Association presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to the following outstanding Livingston College graduates: 

KEVIN APUZZIO (LC'06) MARLA DIAMOND (LC'92)
Kevin Apuzzio Marla Diamond
Seth Dvorin Distinguished Young Alumni Award
 Heroic Firefighter and 
Emergency Medical Technician
(Posthumous; died in 2006)
Bio and video
Radio Journalist
Bio and video
FRANCOISE JACOBSOHN (LC'79) MARTHA NELL SMITH
(LC'77, GSNB'82,'85)
Francoise Jacobsohn Martha Nell Smith
 Advocate for Women and Workers
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Professor of English;
Emily Dickinson Scholar
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2006 Inductees

On Saturday, October 14, 2006, the following alumni were presented with Livingston College Distinguished Alumni Awards (view a photo gallery from the event; photos by Steve Goodman): 

AVERY BROOKS (LC'73, MGSA'76) COLLEEN FRASER (LC'74) MARK HELIAS (LC'74)
Avery Brooks Colleen Fraser Mark Helias
Actor; Director; Singer; Professor, Mason Gross School of the Arts
Bio and video
Advocate for People with Disabilities;
Hero of United Airlines Flight 93
(Posthumous; died in 2001)
Bio and video
Jazz Musician and Composer
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LIZA KIRSCHENBAUM (LC'87) ANDREA D. LYON (LC'73) GREGG SPIRIDELLIS (LC'93)
Liza Kirschenbaum Andrea D. Lyon Gregg Spiridellis
Advocate for Children in the Courts
Bio and video
Law School Dean;
Expert in Death-Penalty Defense
Bio and video
Seth Dvorin Distinguished
Young Alumni Award

Entrepreneur in Online Entertainment
Bio and video

2004 Inductees

On Saturday, November 6, 2004, the following alumni were presented with Livingston College Distinguished Alumni Awards:

FRANK CARVILL (LC'75) GINA COLLINS CUMMINGS (LC'84) EDWARD E. JOHNSON, JR. (LC'79)
Frank T. Carvill Gina Collins Cummings Edward E. Johnson, Jr.
New Jersey National Guardsman
Killed in Iraq
(Posthumous; died in 2004)
Bio
Environmental, Health
and Social Justice Activist
Bio
Wall Street Executive
Bio
MICHAEL C. LARACY (LC'74) KAREN ROGERS (LC'92) HARRY V. SWAYNE III (LC'90)
Michael C. Laracy Karen Rogers Harry V. Swayme III
Advocate for Children and Families
Bio
Seth Dvorin Distinguished
Young Alumni Award

Television Meteorologist/Journalist
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Football Executive and Player
Bio

2002 Inductees

On Saturday, October 12, 2002, LAA honored four Distinguished Alumni:

THOMAS F. DALEY (LC'75) SUSAN KILLE (LC'74)
Thomas F. Daley Susan Kille
District Attorney; Judge;
Adjunct Professor of Law
(died in 2015)
Bio
Newspaper Journalist
Bio
DAVID A. LASKOW (LC'77, RWJMS'81) STEVEN D. PLOFKER (LC'78)
David A. Laskow Steven D. Plofker
Surgeon; Associate Professor of Surgery
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Real Estate Developer; Attorney
Bio

2000 Inductees

At a brunch on Saturday, September 9, 2000, LAA honored four Distinguished Alumni:

RIKI JACOBS (LC'80, NLAW'89) CLIFTON R. LACY (LC'75, RWJMS'79)
Riki Jacobs Clifton R. Lacy
Director of AIDS Support Organization;
Health Educator (died in 2009)
Bio
Medical Leader;
New Jersey State Health Commissioner
Bio
JOHN S. LIPORI (LC'77) ALFRED E. RAMEY, JR. (LC'73)
John S. Lipori Alfred E. Ramey, Jr.
Banking Executive
Bio
University Counsel;
New Jersey Assistant Attorney General
Bio

Revised September 29, 2016