Alumni Awards

Distinguished Alumna/us Award

Awarded periodically, preferably annually, at Reunion Weekend to an alumna/us who has achieved unusual distinction in his or her profession or avocation.

2023 Distinguished Alumnus Award Winner Joseph M. Jabar
2023 Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient

Joseph M. Jabar, Sr. Esq. ’68, P’94, ’96

Year Recipients
2021 Amy Walter ’91
2020 Ben Bradlee ’70
2019 Andrew J. Weiland ’64, P’93
2018 Leigh Bangs ’58, Timothy B. Hussey ’78, P’14
2017 Ralph A. Bradshaw ’62
2015 Adam Cote ’95
2014 Colleen A. Khoury ’64
2013 Alice Colby-Hall ’53
2012 Kent Wommack ’77
2011 Thomas A. Betro ’81
2010 Curt E. Gowdy Jr. ’75, Edmund Noyes Ervin ’36
2009 Robert W. Drewes ’64
2008 Henry J. Sockbeson III ’73
2007 Alan S. Taylor ’77
2006 Jeanette Benn Anderson ’61
2005 Stuart Rothenberg ’70
2003 Joseph F. Boulos ’68
2002 Allan van Gestel ’57
2001 David W. Miller ’51
2000 Edson Mitchell ’75
1999 George I. Smith ’49
1998 M. Anne O’Hanian Szostak ’72
1997 Robert Gelbard ’64
1996 E. Anne Proulx ’57
1994 Robert N. Anthony ’38
1993 Marcia Curtis ’54
1992 Gregory W. Smith ’73
1991 John Roderick ’36
1990 Peter D. Hart ’64
1989 William E. Haggett ’56
1988 Dr. Philip J. Boyne ’46
1987 William C. Carter ’38
1986 Lawrence R. Pugh ’56
1985 Robert J. Bruce ’59
1984 Doris Kearns Goodwin ’64
1983 Robert B. Parker ’54
1982 Dwight E. Sargent ’39
1981 Dr. Leonard W. Mayo 1922
1980 Prof. Leslie B. Arey 1912
Alumni Awards

Honoring distinguished Colby alumni annually at reunion

The Alumni Council Awards Committee is proud to annually present to deserving alumni the Colby Brick Award, Distinguished Alumna/us Award, and other awards such as the Ernest C. Marriner Award for Distinguished Service to the College, the Outstanding Educator Award, the Edson V. Mitchell ’75 Distinguished Service Award, the Blue Key Award, and the Charles W. Bassett Faculty Award. Please select an award below to learn more about the criteria for each award and to see previous award winners.

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Blue Key Award

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.

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Brick Award

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

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Distinguished Alumna/us Award

Awarded periodically, preferably annually, at Reunion Weekend to an alumna/us who has achieved unusual distinction in his or her profession or avocation.

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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.

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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. The award is presented at Reunion Weekend.

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Edson V. Mitchell ’75 Distinguished Service Award

This award is presented periodically, but not necessarily annually, during Reunion Weekend to an alumnus or alumna within 25 years of graduation for extraordinary service to Colby as demonstrated by sustained dedication to and leadership in the support of the College and the achievement of its missions and goals.

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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.

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Alumni Awards 2024 | Classes ending in 4 or 9

Our community is what makes Colby great. This is your opportunity to highlight the incredible things our alumni, faculty, and extended family do to make our College and the world a better place.

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