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  • 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. Our 2018 recipients are Larry Bashe ’66, G’68Helen Lefkowitz ’60; and Fred Silverman ’58. They will be honored at the Syracuse University Alumni Awards Celebration on Friday, October 19. Go to the Friday events schedule to learn more.

    2018 Recipients

    Larry Bashe ’66, G’68Larry Bashe ’66, G’68

    The son of a Syracuse University graduate, Bashe earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1966 and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 1968. As an undergraduate, he was on the Goon Squad, the Student Court, and president of his social fraternity. As a graduate student, he was a resident advisor and assistant dean of men.

    As an alumnus, Bashe served on the Syracuse University Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2004 to 2012 (including two years as president), the Board of Trustees, and the advisory boards of the Maxwell School and the Burton Blatt Institute. In 2016, Bashe was chairman of the Orange Central 50th Reunion Committee.

    Philanthropy plays a large role in Bashe’s life. As a member of the Maxwell School Dean’s Circle, he endowed a fellowship in honor of friend and fellow alumnus Brian McLane ’69. Additionally, Bashe supports scholarships and support services for students with disabilities, the University's accessibility campaign, and various athletic department initiatives. Bashe has also endowed scholarships in memory of his siblings at Union County College in New Jersey, where he serves on the Board of Trustees and Foundation Board.

    Religion is a priority in Bashe’s life. He is the chief lay officer at his local church and serves as an expert consultant on endowments and investments. In 2011, he received the Community Service Award from the Central Jersey Council of Churches for his work creating affordable housing in his community through the nonprofit organization Faith, Bricks and Mortar.

    Professionally, Bashe achieved success in state and local government and investment banking. As city manager of Plainfield, New Jersey, he was chosen as the Outstanding Government Official of the Year twice by the New Jersey League of Women Voters and the New Jersey Taxpayers Association. In 1978, the National Science Foundation named Bashe the most innovative city manager in the Northeast.

    After leaving local government in 1982, Bashe had a 32-year career in investment banking with four financial institutions and completed some of the most innovative transactions in the capital markets. His final transaction, $1.4 billion in financing for New Jersey higher education institutions, was nationally recognized as a deal of the year. In 2014, Bashe received the prestigious Eagle Award from the New Jersey Alliance for Action for designing unique financing techniques that allowed governments to finance infrastructure improvements at lower costs.

    Bashe remains active in retirement, teaching economics and history at three New Jersey community colleges and lecturing on public policy issues across the country.

    Helen Lefkowitz ’60 Helen Lefkowitz ’60

    Lefkowitz, now retired, is a founding partner of the law firm of Lefkowitz and Poulos in the New York City area. Her interest focused mainly on issues of domestic violence, child abuse, and juvenile delinquency. She established the PEACE program in Suffolk County to educate parents about how to better support their children during the stressful process of divorce. She is a former board member of the Suffolk County Girl Scouts and a scout mentor, as well as a former member of the New York task force for the prevention of child abuse.

    Well-traveled in many regions of the world, particularly Mexico, Lefkowitz has collected Mexican and Latin American artwork for decades. She owned and operated the Mexican Artisan Gallery for many years in Setauket, Long Island.

    Lefkowitz also worked as an elementary school teacher and a special education teacher on Long Island. In 1976, she went to work for the Suffolk County Youth Bureau as a program planner, developing after-school programs for children at risk.

    While earning a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, Lefkowitz met her late husband, Judge Joel Lefkowitz ’58, a College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell School alumnus. She and her late husband started the first Syracuse University Alumni Club in Suffolk County. Two of her children and two of her grandchildren are also Syracuse University alumni.

    Fred Silverman ’58Fred Silverman ’58

    Fred Silverman, the only person to direct the programming of all three major networks, is president of The Fred Silverman Company, a multifaceted production and program consulting entity with clients that include MTV Networks, Chris-Craft, ABC Entertainment and Discovery’s Hub Channel.  

    Silverman is well-known as the executive producer of Diagnosis Murder, Matlock, In the Heat of the Night, Father Dowling Mysteries, Jake and the Fatman, and The Perry Mason Mystery Movies. In addition, Silverman was executive producer of Bedtime, Bone Chillers, and Twenty One.

    Prior to forming his own company in October of 1982, Silverman was president and chief executive officer of the National Broadcasting Company. At NBC, Silverman brought to air the Emmy Award-winning miniseries Shogun and weekly series Hill Street Blues, Cheers, St. Elsewhere, Facts of Life, Diff’rent Strokes, Gimme a Break, Real People, Fame, and Smurfs. He also introduced David Letterman in his own network television series and oversaw Live from Studio 8H and NBC Live Theatre.

    Before accepting the presidency of NBC, Silverman was president of ABC Entertainment and programmed Roots and Rich Man, Poor Man, as well as long-running series Three’s Company, Family, Eight is Enough, Laverne & Shirley, What’s Happening, Vegas, Charlie’s Angels, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Hardy Boy/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Bionic Woman, Battlestar Gallactica, Donnie & Marie, Soap, and Family Feud.

    Prior to joining ABC, Silverman served as vice president of programs at CBS for five years and brought to the small screen such shows as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, M*A*S*H, Sonny and Cher, The Young and the Restless, and The Price is Right.

    Silverman, a member of the National Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, is a recipient of the Man of the Year Award from the National Association of Television Program Executives, the Man of Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, and the Richard Rogers Award from the Professional Children’s School of New York.

    A former Syracuse University trustee, Silverman is also a recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal. Additionally, he is a former trustee of the American Film Institute and a lifetime member of the NAACP for his part in programming Roots on ABC.

    A native of New York City, Silverman earned a bachelor’s degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1958 and a master’s degree in television and theatre arts from Ohio State University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the former Cathy Kihn. They have two children, Melissa Anne and William Lawrence.

    See a list of previous recipients