Melvin Eggers Senior Alumni Award
Established in 1988 by Chancellor Emeritus William P. Tolley, the Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award “was created out of my deep respect and admiration for Chancellor Eggers and to honor senior alumni whose leadership and service to society has been joined with loyalty and service to Syracuse University.”
The award is presented to those alumni who have graduated more than 50 years ago and have demonstrated loyalty and service to Syracuse University. It is conferred at the Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award Dinner during Orange Central weekend.
The Class of 1956 Reunion Committee has been working together as a dedicated group to plan their reunions for 60 years.
The class's 60th Reunion, being held during this year's Orange Central celebration, marks the 12th time this committee has served together and provided its own musical entertainment during a reunion weekend.
Members of the committee are:
- Ted Krawitz (TK) is serving as reunion chair for the 12th time. As a student, he was president of the Traditions Commission and a proud member of Zeta Beta Tau. He was nominated by Chancellor William P. Tolley to become a member of Tau Theta Upsilon Senior Men's Honorary Society. A graduate of what is now the Whitman School of Management, Ted pursued a career in the financial industry. He was first vice president, investments, at Wells Fargo Securities, retiring after 47 years. He is very proud that both of his daughters are Syracuse University alumnae.
- Judy Richardson Beers is a partner in a company that markets wood accessories for needlework and crafts. She earned a bachelor’s degree from what is now Falk College.
- Patricia Cain Beyle is a retired choral director who was a member of the Hendricks Chapel Choir and the Traditions Commission while studying for a bachelor’s degree from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She was chair of Spring Weekend 1956.
- Ray Caldiero is chairman of Aerospace Technologies Group Inc. and The Sequoia Groups Inc. He was a member of the marching band and WAER staff, and earned a bachelor’s degree in speech and dramatic arts.
- Bobby Browne Cramer is passionate about music and Syracuse University. She is proud that two of her children are also Syracuse University alumni; her daughter Lauren Cramer L’94 is on the University’s Board of Trustees.
- Andra Tompkins Frank is a retired teacher of the gifted and talented. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech and dramatic arts, and was a member of the WAER staff during her time at Syracuse University.
- Polly Reed Hollis is a retired marketing manager who was editor-in-chief of The Daily Orange. She earned bachelor’s degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Newhouse School.
- Ken Halaby Sr. is past president of International Scientific Communications and most recently served as first selectman in the town of Trumbull, Connecticut. He was a member of the WAER staff while studying for a bachelor’s degree in speech and dramatic arts.
- Janet Rigdon Jackson is a retired music teacher who earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Syracuse University.
- Haden Patten is a retired teacher who served in the U.S. Naval Academy Information Program for four decades. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and a master’s degree from the School of Education.
- Milton Shefter is president of Miljoy Enterprises, an award-winning international media asset preservation company. While earning a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the Maxwell School, he was class orator, president of Alpha Epsilon Pi, and involved in WAER and The Daily Orange.
- Ken Sparks is president of Ken Sparks Associates LLC. He received the Arents Award in 2004 and the Eggers Award in 2011. His wife, Suzanne ’65, is a Syracuse University alumna.
David Coffman ’38 met Barbara Dudley ’38, the woman who would become his wife, during freshman orientation. “Everything that I have had in this world began at Syracuse University,” Coffman often told family members. Coffman earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Syracuse University and was a firm believer in the value of a liberal arts education.
A three-year member of the varsity baseball team, Coffman was elected manager of the freshman basketball team for the 1937-38 season. One of Syracuse University’s most passionate supporters and a lifetime member of the Varsity Club, he was honored as a Syracuse University LetterWinner of Distinction in 2005.
Coffman was in the Navy during World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. In 1959, he formed his own business, the Pepsi-Cola franchise of northeastern Massachusetts, serving as president and treasurer for five decades. A respected member of his community, he held a variety of positions with the South Church, United Church of Christ in Andover, Massachusetts. In his later years, he was a loyal member of the Deerfield Community Church in Deerfield, New Hampshire. He passed away in June 2016.
See a list of previous recipients