Andover Alumni Award of Distinction

The Andover Alumni Awards of Distinction are presented by the Alumni Council to recognize distinguished alumni and alumnae from the more than 20,000 living alumni around the globe. The Award recognizes and honors alumni/ae of Phillips Academy or Abbot Academy who have served with distinction in their fields of endeavor. The recipients’ accomplishments and contributions shall have embodied the values of Andover/Abbot and shall have had a significant positive impact on their communities, society, or the world.

The 2017 Andover Alumni Award of Distinction induction ceremony.

Nominations

During each award cycle, at least one award shall be given, and multiple awards may be given. Awards may be given to individuals in multiple disciplines during each award cycle. The awards will be presented at an event to which the students, alumni/ae, faculty, staff, parents, and other members of the Andover community will be invited. There shall be a programmatic piece involving a visit to campus by each recipient (e.g., interaction with students and faculty or other appropriate activity).

Criteria

  1. The award shall be given annually to one or more living alumni/ae who have served with distinction and exhibited leadership in arts, sciences, letters, humanities, or another significant field of endeavor following their time at Phillips Academy or Abbot Academy.
  2. For purposes of this award, the term “alumni/ae” includes individuals who attended Phillips Academy or Abbot Academy, even if they did not receive a diploma from either institution. An individual will become eligible for this award five years after the graduation of his/her class from either institution.
  3. Nominations should reflect the diversity of the alumni/ae of Phillips Academy and Abbot Academy and their many fields of endeavor, avenues of achievement, or methods of expression.
  4. Volunteer service or financial contributions to Phillips Academy or Abbot Academy shall not be a factor in the Committee’s consideration of a candidate’s qualifications.
  5. Current employees of Phillips Academy, alumni/ae currently serving on Phillips Academy’s Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee of Alumni Council, and the Committee are not eligible for consideration.
  6. Candidates may be considered during multiple award cycles. Once a candidate is nominated, his or her nomination will remain on file in the Alumni Office for periodic review and updates.
President George H.W. Bush '42 accepts the Andover Alumni Award of Distinction as part of the inaugural class of 2012.

Statement of Purpose

To recognize and honor alumni of Phillips Academy or Abbot Academy who have served with distinction in their fields of endeavor. The recipients’ accomplishments and contributions shall have embodied the values of the Andover/Abbot community and shall have had a significant positive impact on their communities, society, or the world. Awards will be presented by the Alumni Council upon the recommendation of the alumni.

2018 Award Recipients 

Future Induction on Nov. 6, 2018

  • Peter Chermayeff '53
  • Eileen Christelow '61 
  • Michael Beschloss '73 
  • Tamar Szabó Gendler '83
2017 Award Recipients

Inducted Nov. 8, 2017

  • Genevieve Young ’48
  • Wallace M. Alston ’83
  • Dorothy L. Cheney ’68
  • George B. Smith ’55 (d).
2016 Award Recipients  

Inducted on Nov. 1, 2016

  • Constance Laurence Brinckerhoff ’59
  • Soiya Gecaga ’92
  • Thomas J. Hudner Jr. ’43 (d)
  • David G. Nathan ’47
2015 Award Recipients  

Inducted on Nov. 3, 2015

  • Julia Altagracia Alvarez ’67
  • Maro Chermayeff ’80
  • Tracy Kidder ’63
  • Marvin L. Minsky ’45 (d) 
2014 Award Recipients

Inducted on Nov. 4, 2014 

  • Clemency Chase Coggins ’51
  • John T. Darnton ’60
  • Susan Goodwillie Stedman ’59
2013 Award Recipients

Inducted on Nov. 1, 2013

  • Hafsat O. Abiola ’92
  • George M. Church ’72
  • Frank P. Stella ’54
2012 Award Recipients

Inaugural recipients were inducted on Nov. 9, 2012.

  • President George H. W. Bush ’42
  • Wendy Ewald ’69
  • William S. Knowles ’35 (d)
  • Stacy Schiff ’78
  • Peter Sellars ’75