2020 Alumni Association Awards

The Alumni Association is proud to annually recognize extraordinary alumni and faculty who have been chosen by their peers. Complete descriptions of each award and citations for each award winner are provided.

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Awarded at Reunion Weekend to an alumnus/a who has achieved unusual distinction in his or her profession or avocation.

Benjamin C. Bradlee Jr. ’70

Journalist and New York Times best-selling author Ben Bradlee Jr. ’70 has achieved spectacular success as a reporter, editor, and writer. He spent 25 years at The Boston Globe in a variety of roles related to politics and in-depth investigations. As deputy managing editor, he oversaw the Spotlight Team and its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. He also supervised the production of “Betrayal,” a book on the subject which was published to critical acclaim. The investigative team’s work was portrayed in the 2016 Oscar-winning film, “Spotlight.” As a national correspondent for The Globe, Ben covered the 1988 presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis and reported overseas. His 2013 book, “The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams,” made the New York Times best-seller list and was optioned for a movie. Ben’s latest book, “The Forgotten: How the Abandoned People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America,” was published in 2018. After graduating from Colby, Ben spent two years in Afghanistan serving in the Peace Corps. For his years of tireless and fair reporting and writing, the Alumni Association proudly presents Ben Bradlee Jr. with the 2020 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Ernest C. Marriner
Distinguished Service Award

This award is presented periodically, but not necessarily annually, during Reunion Weekend and recognizes a member of the Colby family (not necessarily an alumnus/a) for exceptional commitment to Colby, demonstrated by lifelong dedication to the support of the College and its goals. The recipient should clearly stand out from others in his or her devoted service to the College.

Boyd “Byrd” Allen, III ’75

Boyd “Byrd” Allen, III ’75

Colby provided Boyd “Byrd” Allen, III ’75 a solid foundation that allowed him to go on to earn a master’s degree in geology at the University of New Hampshire and to pursue a successful career. Byrd has stayed connected to Colby in a variety of ways throughout the years, including several stints on the Alumni Council beginning in the 1970s which included overseeing the Awards Committee and briefly serving as vice chair of the council. He also has served as a class agent and class president, chairing his 25th Reunion Planning Committee in 2000. He is no stranger to campus and enjoys speaking to current students on behalf of the Geology Department. As a longstanding supporter of the Colby Fund and athletics, he continues to seek the best for the College and its community. For Byrd’s unwavering commitment to Colby, we are proud to present him the 2020 Ernest C. Marriner Distinguished Service Award.

Outstanding Educator Award

First presented in 1988, this award is presented periodically (but not necessarily annually) to an alumnus/a who has demonstrated exceptional distinction in the classroom. The recipient should be recognized by peers and students as an outstanding teacher or professor who has shown those qualities that most encourage students to learn and that inspire them to continue learning.

Marlene B. Goldman ’70

Marlene B. Goldman '70

Reproductive epidemiologist Marlene Goldman ’70 is an expert in studying and teaching issues related to women’s health. The emerita professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine has been awarded several grants for research projects, including clinical trials, studying topics such as infertility treatments and premature birth. Marlene also is senior editor of Women and Health, a reference textbook for researchers, teaching faculty, and clinicians. After graduating from Colby with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Marlene earned her master’s and doctor of science degrees in epidemiology from Harvard. Before joining Dartmouth in 2006, Marlene spent 16 years as a professor at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and six at Harvard Medical School. Beyond her extraordinary work in the classroom and lab, Marlene also is an active alumna, currently serving as a member of the Executive Committee for the 50th Reunion Committee. She previously served on her Colby Fund Class Gift Committee and Reunion Planning Committee, and as a DavisConnects mentor and volunteer. The Alumni Association is pleased to recognize Marlene Goldman with the Outstanding Educator Award.

Charles W. Bassett Faculty Award

First presented in June 1997, this award recognizes a faculty member whose service to alumni programs, through active participation in regional and on-campus events, is extraordinary.

Grossman Professor of Economics Patrice Franko

For more than three decades, Patrice Franko has been a familiar face at Colby where she has formed countless connections with students and their families, faculty and staff, and alumni. She is the Grossman Professor of Economics and a professor of global studies, teaching classes on international economics, Latin American economic policy, and microeconomics. Patrice earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and psychology from Bucknell University and her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Notre Dame. Patrice takes a true interest in Colby and its community in and out of the classroom. She has directed the Goldfarb Center of Public Affairs and has been very involved in helping to advance the College’s inspiring initiatives. The Alumni Association is proud to present Patrice Franko the 2020 Charles W. Bassett Faculty Award.

Brick Awards

Awarded annually at Reunion Weekend to recipients who are members of the Colby family, not necessarily alumni, who have demonstrated outstanding loyalty to the College through consistent and dedicated service in its behalf.

Matthew Hancock ’90, P’19

Matthew Hancock '90, P'19

Matt Hancock’s love of Colby and its community takes many forms—from being a member of the Alumni Council to consistently supporting the Colby Fund and athletics to making property investments that aid the local economy’s growth. He continues to stay connected to his alma mater, serving on the Alumni Council for six years, including time on the Alumni Council Executive Committee. He is a former Career Center volunteer and current Friends of Athletics supporter. Recent real estate ventures inspired by Colby and Main Street shop owners have kept him involved in efforts to help revitalize downtown Waterville. For his continued and varied dedication, the Alumni Association presents Matt Hancock a 2020 Brick Award.


Harold F. Kowal, Esq. ’65

Harold F. Kowal, Esq. '65

Since graduating in 1965, Harold Kowal has been either the class president or gift chair—and sometimes both at the same time. Under Harold’s leadership as the 50th Reunion chair, the Class of 1965 set a record in 2015 for the most funds raised in a 50th Reunion program over the five years leading to the milestone moment, as well as the highest 50th year Colby Fund dollars raised (both records have since been broken). Beyond volunteering, Harold has a passion for financial aid and understands the importance of students being able to afford an education. For his long-lasting and loyal commitment, the Alumni Association presents Harold Kowal a 2020 Brick Award.


Daniel J. O’Halloran ’80, P’22

Daniel J. O'Halloran '80, P'22

Daniel O’Halloran and his family have had years of deep connections with Colby. Both of his parents and one of his children are fellow Colbians. Dan has been a loyal supporter of Colby Athletics, including the new athletics and recreation center. In addition Dan has spent several years volunteering for the College in a variety of roles, including being a member of the Parents Executive Committee, Colby Fund Class Gift Committee, Colby Fund Anniversary Gift Committee, Reunion Planning Committee, and Alumni Council. He also has served as a Career Center Volunteer. The Alumni Association deeply appreciates Daniel O’Halloran and celebrates his contributions with a 2020 Brick Award.


Deborah F. Marson ’75, P’07, ’11

Deborah F. Marson '75, P'07, '11

Deb Marson is a proud member of the Colby community. Over the years she has served on the Board of Visitors, Alumni Council Executive Committee, Reunion Planning Committee, and Colby Fund Class Gift Committee. She also has been a donor thank you agent, alumni club volunteer, and alumni class officer. Her generous support of the Colby Fund has been unwavering for more than three decades. Being part of the Colby family has special meaning for Deb, whose father is Trustee Emeriti David Marson ’48. Her mother Dorothy L. Marson was a longtime co-correspondent for the Class of ’48, served Colby as an overseer, and received a Brick Award in 1984. Deb’s son Mark McNulty ’11 and daughter Jessica McNulty Sargent ’07 also continued the Colby legacy. The Alumni Association congratulates Deb for all she has done for the College and is honored to present her a 2020 Brick Award.


Blue Key Awards

Established in 2013, the Blue Key Award is presented annually, during Reunion Weekend, and recognizes up to four young alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years. This award is presented to young alumni who have distinguished themselves by providing consistent and dedicated service to Colby.


Elizabeth P. Allen ’15

Elizabeth P. Allen '15

Elizabeth Allen is proof that being part of the Colby community doesn’t end with commencement. Transferring her Colby pride from Mayflower Hill to Capitol Hill, she has been a Colby Club of DC volunteer since 2016 and currently serves as the group’s president. Under her exemplary leadership, the club has seen significant growth in event attendance. In addition to staying connected to fellow Colbians in D.C., she also served as an admissions interviewer, getting to know the next generation of Colby students. It’s a pleasure to present Elizabeth Allen a 2020 Blue Key Award.


Connor P. Clancy ’15

Connor P. Clancy '15

Moving to Chicago after graduation never meant that Connor Clancy would be far from his Colby community. Shortly after arriving in the Windy City, Connor and Sarah ’14 established the Colby Club of Chicago. Today Connor is president of the group. The now-married couple works with the College and local alumni to plan creative and enjoyable events. They also have been instrumental in building the Colby alumni network in the city. In addition Connor consistently gives to the Colby Fund, was an admissions interviewer, and member of the Career Center recruiting team. We proudly honor Connor Clancy with a 2020 Blue Key Award.


Emily Marzulli Rummel ’10

Emily Marzulli Rummel '10

Emily Marzulli Rummel has been a longtime supporter of her alma mater, volunteering on the Colby Fund Class Gift Committee, as well as the Reunion Planning Committee. Over the past few years, Emily and her gift co-chair have made great strides to inspire their Colby Fund Class Gift Committee to achieve 100 percent participation. A cornerstone of this effort has been keeping her fellow classmates engaged on a large scale. In addition to rallying her committee, Emily provides valuable feedback to the College to help tailor messages and is always willing to reach out to additional people during key fundraising moments. We thank Emily Marzulli Rummel for her leadership by presenting her with a 2020 Blue Key Award.


Theodore E. Niedermayer, Jr. ’15

Theodore E. Niedermayer, Jr. '15

Teddy Niedermayer is the definition of a reliable volunteer. As a former Colby Club of New York Regional Club volunteer, Teddy has always been willing to step up and assist with events in any way, from planning to execution. He consistently attends events and gives to the Colby Fund. In addition, Teddy became an inaugural member of the 1813 Society Ambassador program in 2018 and remains involved today. As part of this dedicated group of leadership volunteer donors, he helps the Colby Fund reach its ambitious revenue goals each year. For always leading by example, we present Teddy Niedermayer with a 2020 Blue Key Award.


Nicholas F. LaRovere ’15

In the past five years since graduating, Nicholas LaRovere has lived in several cities, from New York to San Francisco. But no matter where he is in the country, Nick remains committed to Colby and champions the College in a variety of ways. As a member of the Colby Fund Class Gift Committee and former Regional Alumni Club volunteer, Nick consistently proves to be a dependable and valuable volunteer, going above and beyond with any task he is assigned. It’s a pleasure to present Nicholas LaRovere a 2020 Blue Key Award.