Alumni Recognition Awards

Each year, we take great pride in celebrating exemplary members of our alumni community. One way in which we accomplish this is by recognizing three alumni each year with the Alumni Recognition Awards. Each award honors an alumnus who has served the school or the community in a significant way.

The Samuel Kahn Award

The Samuel Kahn Award was established in 1964 by Mrs. Rosalind Kahn in honor of her husband, an engineer and former owner of the Market Street Railway Company, in San Francisco. Three of their grandchildren are Stevenson graduates: Steve Gardner ’67, Tom Gardner ’69, and Peter Margolis ’72.

The Kahn Award is given each year to a member of the 10th Reunion Class who exemplifies the values the School has taught from its beginning: to do one’s best, to pursue one’s passion, and to serve others. In Mrs. Kahn’s words, “the purpose of this award is to recognize and encourage the work and promise of youth.”


The Merle Greene Robertson Award for Contributions to Society

The Merle Greene Robertson Award was established by the Alumni Association in 2003 to recognize alumni for their service to society.

Merle taught anthropology at Stevenson from 1968 to 1977 and took students to the Yucatan Peninsula to explore and record Mayan art and artifacts. Her thousands of rubbings are housed at the Main Library at Tulane University. She was a proponent of experiential education before it became widely adopted; it remains an important component of Stevenson's curriculum today.


The Day Family Award for Contributions to Stevenson

The Day Family Award for Contributions to Stevenson was established by the Alumni Association in 2004 to recognize alumni whose contributions to the School have been exemplary and continuing.

Stevenson struggled in its early years, but in the mid-1950s the Day family began a providential association with the School that would help shape the School’s development. At every significant moment in our history, Willametta Keck Day and her sons Robert ’61, Matthew ’63, and T.J. ’66 have been instrumental in Stevenson’s growth.

Name

Year Presented

Mary Reding Smith '95

2005

Melissa Lee '96 & Caitlin Smith '96

2006

Dominic Boitano '97

2007

Jimmy Jia '98

2008

Adam Kubryk '99

2009

Esther Tang '00 & Matthew Hermsen '00

2010

Andrew Nielsen '01

2011

Austin Krissoff '02

2012

Sara Ittleson '03

2013

William Gifford '04

2014

Carla Fernandez '05

2015

Peter Park '06

2016

Ryan Hambley '07 & Ben Holber '07

2017

Name

Year Presented

Christopher Flavin '73

2003

Gary Groth-Marnat '69

2004

Peter M. Douglas '60

2005

Thomas McGuinn Smith '56

2006

Robert N. Lea '57

2007

Michael L. Jackson '68

2008

Robert E. Ricklefs '59

2009

Gary Novack '70

2010

Robert Day '61

2011

Frank B. Keith

2012

Jon Elliott '73

2013

Helena M. Cho '94

2014

Brian J. Bajari '90

2015

John D. Aarons '76

2016

Patrick J. Davies '87

2017

Name

Year Presented

Efrem Zimbalist '64

2004

Klaus J. Porzig '65

2005

Robert Talbott '66

2006

Grover Wickersham '67

2007

Bill McCreery '68

2008

Curtiss Hayden '64

2009

Thomas Henry '60

2010

John Steele '66

2011

Jeff Anderson '72 & Charlie Bates '72

2012

Class of 1983

2013

Jenny Bergholz '79

2014

Lindsay Jeffers '65

2015

Don Dormer '71

2016

Corine Mink '87

2017

If you are interested in nominating a former classmate, please email Mia Peterson, director of alumni and parent relations at mpeterson@stevensonschool.org.