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Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to the alumnus or alumna who has distinguished him or herself in career accomplishments and community leadership. 

Selection of a Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna of Breck School will be based on the candidate’s qualifications in the following areas:

  • Models perpetual learning. Demonstrated efforts to increase his/her knowledge in his/her chosen field, earned graduate degrees or completed significant coursework, provided leadership in seminars or teaching, engaged in other professional development activities.
  • Reflects positively on Breck by achieving career distinction. Received awards or other recognition by professional peers, served on government or professional association boards, published papers or other work, been profiled in professional publications.
  • Recommits to teamwork and collaboration. Has made/is making a significant contribution to his/her field as marked by leadership positions, publications, innovation or invention adopted by others in the field or general public.
  • Reconnects with his/her community. Gives back to the general community as a volunteer.
  • Reemphasizes character and ethical values. Is a positive role model for others.


1976          George R. Thiss ‘46
1977         Lee R. Anderson ‘57
1978         George R. A. Johnson ‘59
1979         Walter L. Bush, Jr. ‘47
1980         C. Carroll Hicks ‘47
1981         Timothy R. Hitchcock ‘59
1982         Frederick O. Glasoe ‘46
1983         Robert J. White ‘46
1984         Alfred E. M. France ‘45
1985         Bradford W. Parkinson, Sr. ‘52
1986         Loren E. Halvorson ‘45
1987         Charles M. Converse ‘49
1988         Richard W. Myers ‘64
1989         David C. Brown ‘52 and Warde F. Wheaton ‘45
1990         William R. Schmalstieg ‘46
1991         James S. Womack ‘46
1992         Stanley A. Leonard ‘48 and Arnold S. Leonard ‘48
1993         Ralph W. Burnet ‘63
1994         Harlyn O. Halvorson ‘43
1995         Stanley S. Hubbard ‘51
1998         Thomas S. Beech ‘57
1999         James F. Mossman ‘49
2000         Richard A. Proudfit ‘49
2001         William T. Ellison ‘59
2002         R. T. Rybak ‘74
2003         William H. Brown ‘47, John M. Brown ‘49, James P. Brown ‘51, Robert S. Brown ‘56
2004         Christopher L. Murray ‘80
2005         Mary Sarah Fangman ‘86
2006         Fletcher G. Driscoll ‘51
2007         Stacey Kohler Moran Ph. D. ‘82
2008         Alec Soth ‘88
2009         Robert C. Roosen ‘50
2010         Richard W. Clary ‘71
2011         David R. Williams ‘83
2012         Wilbur “Tib” Tussler ‘50
2013         Rob Melrose ‘88
2014         Richard Bury, PhD ‘64
2015          Spencer Reece ‘81

Note: The Breck School Alumni Association presented the Alumni Achievement Award to its first alumnus in 1976. At the time the award honored an alumnus who had distinguished himself through his service to the school and his career or civic accomplishments since leaving the school. In 1988, the Alumni Association decided to recognize these accomplishments separately, thus creating two awards: the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Alum of the Year Award.