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UMass Amherst Distinguished Alumni Awards

The UMass Amherst Distinguished Alumni Awards are the highest honor bestowed by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association on alumni, faculty and friends. Recipients of these prestigious awards have translated their UMass Amherst experience into distinguished achievement in the public, business or professional realms and bring honor to UMass Amherst and to their field of endeavor.

Distinguished Alumni Award

  • 2016 William A. Lee '77
  • 2015 Pierre Bushel '84
  • 2011 Jeffrey D. Blaustein '73, '75 MS, '77 PhD
  • 2010 Richard H. Holm '55, '79 Hon
  • 2008 Ashok Misra '71 MS '74 PhD
  • 2007 Tisato Kajiyama '69 PhD; James F. Kane '70
  • 2006 Padmanabhan Anandan '87 PhD
  • 2005 David J. Mazzo '81 MS, '84 PhD
  • 2003 Glenn E. Mangurian '70, '73 MBA
  • 1998 Mary W. Chaffee '83; Matthew P. Golombek '78, '81 PhD; Anastasia Morfesis '86 MS, '86 PhD
  • 1997 Catherine G. Coleman '91 PHD; Lawrence N. Kuzminski '67 PhD; Robert M. Mahoney '70; Edward P. Marram '59 '61 MS; Richard A. Moulton '73
  • 1996 Charles Feldberg '54; Walter E. Mientka '48; Doris R. Roberts '45
  • 1994 Ray P. D'Alonzo '77 PhD

Distinguished Faculty Award

  • 2015 Sally Powers
  • 2008 Robert B. Hallock '65
  • 2007 Fergus M. Clydesdale '66 PhD

Distinguished Service Award

  • 2016 Patricia McQuilkin '85
  • 2014 Jody J. Daniels '93 MS, '97 PhD
  • 2011 Noel Edward Anderson '74, '77 MS, '80 PhD
  • 2009 Michael T. Foley '72
  • 2007 Carmel M. Valianti-Smith '79

Distinguished Young Alumni Award

  • 2002 Philip E Buck '91
  • 1996 Jannette Berrios '92, '96 MEd, '03 EdD

Frederick S. Troy Medal

  • 1982 Natalie M. Cole '72
  • 1981 Richard J. Mahoney '55

UMass Amherst Honorary Degrees

  • 2008 ScD Charles Feldberg '54
  • 2007 ScD Tisato Kajiyama '69
  • 1996 ScD Catherine G. Coleman '91
  • 1994 ScD Russell A. Hulse '72
  • 1991 ScD George R. Richason, Jr. '37
  • 1989 ScD Michael A. Dirr '72
  • 1988 LLD Gordon N. Oakes, Jr. '63
  • 1986 LHD Andrew P. Iosue '51
  • 1985 ScD Sidney Topol '47
  • 1983 LLD Richard J. Mahoney '55
  • 1979 ScD Richard H. Holm '55