Alumni Awards

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.

2023 Ernest C. Marriner Award winner Alexander K. Buck
2023 Ernest C. Marriner Award Recipient

Alexander K. Buck, Jr. ’78

Year Recipients
2022 Lisa Noble
2021 Jay Allen ’86, P’15, ’21, ’21
2020 Byrd Allen ’75
2018 John B. Devine ’78, P’06
2017 Lou Richardson Rhyne ’67
2016 Hope Palmer Bramhall ’56, P’81, ’92, GP’13, ’16
2015 Lewis Krinsky ’65
2014 James Crawford ’64
2013 Kaye Monaghan Corey ’53
2012 William Alfond ’72
2011 Karl Dornish ’54, P’81, Jane Millett Dornish ’55, P’81, Ernest C. Marriner Jr. ’40, P’70
2010 Joseph F. Boulos ’68, LL.D. ’09
2009 Franklin Norvish ’34
2008 William H. Goldfarb ’68, Robert E. Diamond Jr. ’73
2007 Carl W. Wright ’47
2006 Peter Lunder ’56, Paula Crane Lunder
2004 Victor Scalise ’54
2003 Susan Comeau ’63
2002 Earl H. Smith
2001 Robert W. Burke ’61
2000 William H. Cotter ’00, Linda Cotter
1999 Lawrence Pugh ’56
1998 Sidney W. Farr ’55
1997 Richard R. Schmaltz ’62
1996 Warren J. Finegan ’51
1995 Gerald J. Holtz ’52
1994 John W. Deering ’55
1993 Edward Turner H ’73
1992 H. Ridgely Bullock ’55
1991 Robert S. Lee ’51
1990 David Marson ’48
1989 Mrs. Frederic E. Camp H ’79
1988 Ray B. Greene ’47
1987 Nissie Grossman ’32
1986 Robert E. L. Strider H ’79
1985 Robert N. Anthony ’38
1983 Wilson C. Piper ’39
1982 J. Seelye Bixler H ’60
1981 Ernest C. Marriner 1913
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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