Award Winners

Moritz alumni across the country are working on the front lines of important social issues, breaking new paths in their chosen fields, and giving back to their communities. We want to shine a spotlight on those who go above and beyond. We invite you to consider the time and talent shown by your colleagues, and nominate them for an award that will bring attention to their efforts.

Moritz College of Law Awards

Distinguished Alumna/us Award for graduates whose accomplishments merit special recognition

Given annually to a Moritz Law graduate for exceptional achievement or outstanding service to the college or community. The award is presented by the Moritz College of Law Alumni Society. Previous winners include…

  • 2014 – Ed Cooperman ’67
  • 2013 – William Isaac ’69
  • 2012 – Erin Moriarty  ’77
  • 2011 – Alec Wightman ’75
  • 2010 – Carl D. Smallwood ’80
  • 2007-08 – Sally Ward Bloomfield ’69
  • 2006 – Frank A. Ray ’73
  • 2005 – W. Ray Persons ’78
  • 2004 – Dan D. Sandman ’73
  • 2003 – John W. Creighton ’57
  • 2002 – Thomas J. Fiscus ’75
  • 2001 – John W. Garland ’74
  • 2000 – Michael E. Flowers ’79
  • 1999 – Jack Grant Day ’38, William B. Saxbe ’48
  • 1998 – Carter C. Kissell ’27
  • 1997 – Joanne Wharton Murphy ’58
  • 1996 – Ronald K. Bennington ’61

Outstanding Recent Alumna/us Award for a graduate whose early accomplishments merit special recognition

Granted to an individual who has graduated from Moritz Law within the past 10 years whose accomplishments exemplify outstanding professionalism or loyalty to the college community. The award is presented by the Moritz College of Law Alumni Society. Previous winners include…

  • 2014 – Erika Schoenberger ’04
  • 2013 – Kathleen Clyde ’08
  • 2012 – Andrew Weaver ’02, Jessica Weaver ’03
  • 2011 – Hope and Anthony Sharett ’02
  • 2010 – Brandon Lester ’05
  • 2008 – Mónica Ramirez ’03
  • 2007 – Todd Fried ’97
  • 2006 – RonNell Andersen Jones ’00
  • 2005 – Mark D. Wagoner Jr. ’97
  • 2004 – Mark Godsey ’93
  • 2003 – Brian E. Burns ’97
  • 2002 – Bill R. Hedrick ’96
  • 2001 – Kimberly Shumate ’92
  • 2000 – Theodore L. Adams ’91
  • 1999 – Thomas E. Geyer ’90
  • 1998 – Julia Dorrian ’96
  • 1997 – Jeffrey S. Sutton ’90
  • 1996 – Kurtis A. Tunnell ’87

William K. Thomas Distinguished Jurist Award for fairness, freedom, and equality

Awarded to a current or former judge who has graduated from the college and whose personal integrity and commitment to fairness, freedom, and equality exemplify the highest ideals of the judicial system. The award is presented by the Moritz College of Law Alumni Society. Previous winners include… (established in 2000)

  • 2014 – Hon. Evelyn Stratton ’79
  • 2013 – Hon. Richard A. Frye ’73
  • 2012 – Herman J. Weber ’52
  • 2011 – Paul Pfeifer ’66
  • 2010 – Jeffery P. Hopkins ’85
  • 2008-09 – Norah McCann King ’75 and Mark R. Abel ’69
  • 2007 – Robert M. Duncan ’52
  • 2006 – Carla D. Moore ’77
  • 2005 – George C. Smith ’59
  • 2004 – Thomas J. Moyer ’64
  • 2003 – James L. Graham ’62
  • 2002 – William T. Bodoh ’64
  • 2001 – David A. Katz ’57
  • 2000 – William K. Thomas ’35

Community Service Award for volunteer service

Presented to the Moritz Law graduate who has volunteered significant and sustained time and expertise to assist a local, state, national, or international humanitarian organization. The award is presented by the Moritz College of Law Alumni Society. Previous winners include… (established in 2000)

  • 2014 – Steve Chappelear ’77
  • 2013 – Mimi Dane ’89
  • 2012 – Gregory J. Vincent ’87 Ph.D.
  • 2011 – Daniel P. McQuade ’67
  • 2010 – Suzanne K. Richards ’74
  • 2007-08 – Duane Isham ’53
  • 2006 – David Braff ’84, Robert Reeder ’84
  • 2005 – Michael M. Briley ’69
  • 2004 – Linda L. Ammons ’87
  • 2003 – Susan E. Brown ’71
  • 2002 – Frederick L. Ransier, III ’74, Kathleen H.Ransier ’74
  • 2001 – R. Kent Wellington, II ’91
  • 2000 – J. Gilbert Reese ’52

Public Service Award for commitment to promoting and providing access to the justice system

Awarded to an alumna/us whose public interest career exemplifies a commitment to promote and provide access to the legal system. Examples of public interest organizations include, but are not limited to, legal aid, legal services, civil liberties, pro bono representation, or volunteer lawyer projects. The award is presented by the Moritz College of Law Alumni Society. Previous winners include… (established in 2000)

  • 2014 – Leslie Varnado ’74
  • 2013 – Dianna Parker ’05
  • 2012 – Thomas Mlakar ’92
  • 2011 – Kelly Schneider ’96
  • 2009-10 – Susan G. Tobin ’81
  • 2007 – Yvette McGee Brown ’85
  • 2006 – James M. Daniels ’78, Frank C. Woodside III ’69
  • 2005 – Gene King ’83
  • 2004 – Ilene Cohn ’85
  • 2003 – Kimberly Skaggs ’93
  • 2002 – Evelyn L. Stratton ’78
  • 2001 – Patricia Y. Hernandez ’92
  • 2000 – Karen Jones Sarjeant ’75

The Ohio State University Alumni Association Awards

Alumni Medalist Award for national or international career achievement

Presented to alumni who have gained distinction as outstanding exponents of a chosen field or profession and who have brought extraordinary credit to the university and significant benefit to mankind. The medalist may be selected from among nominees in this or any other award category. This award is the highest honor accorded by The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc.

  • 2010 – George V. Voinovich ’61
  • 1995 – John D. Drinko ’44

Professional Achievement Award for career achievement

Awarded to alumni who have superb records of distinguished career accomplishments and who have made outstanding contributions to their professions. The award is presented by The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc. Previous winners include…

  • 2005 – Michael E. Flowers ’79
  • 2000 – William B. Saxbe ’48

Ralph Davenport Mershon Award for service to Ohio State

Presented to alumni who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to The Ohio State University. Ralph Davenport Mershon 1890 was largely responsible for the Alumni Association’s early beginnings as an organized force for the university. The award is presented by The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc. Previous winners include…

  • 2010 – Frank E. Bazler ’52 and Virginia H. Bazler
  • 2007 – Dan D. Sandman ’73
  • 2005 – Susan Brown ’71
  • 2002 – David A. Ward ’58
  • 1989 – Robert J. Watkins ’53
  • 1988 – Stuart Summit ’59
  • 1986 – Hon. Robert M. Duncan ’52

William Oxley Thompson Award for early career achievement

Presented to young alumni who have demonstrated distinctive achievement in a career, civic involvement, or both. Nominees must not have reached their 36th birthday by the year in which the award is given. Named for the beloved fifth president of Ohio State, this award is presented by The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc. Previous winners include…

  • 2012 – Huda Ahmed ’07
  • 2006 – Monica Ramirez Guerrero ’03
  • 2005 – Matt A. Mayer ’97
  • 2004 – Andrea Shemberg ’97, Sal Cicero ’98
  • 2003 – Brian E. Burns ’97, RonNell Jones ’00
  • 2000 – Diana F. Butts ’89
  • 1999 – Frederick A. Sewards ’90, Elizabeth J. Watters ’90
  • 1998 – John L. Landolfi ’89
  • 1994 – Yvette McGee Brown ’85
  • 1992 – Thomas E. Szykowny ’82

Robert M. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award

Presented to alumni who have distinguished themselves in service to humanity and who have best exemplified the University’s motto, “Education for Citizenship,” by having performed significant voluntary service to their community beyond the call of business or professional duty.

  • 2011 – Suzanne K. Richards ’74
  • 1999 – Benjamin L. Zox ’62
  • 1996 – Sally W. Bloomfield ’69
  • 1993 – Frank E. Bazler ’53
  • 1981 – J. Gilbert Reese ’52

Dan L. Heinlen Award for university advocacy

Presented to those who have realized outstanding achievements in advocating the interests of the university with one or more of its important publics. It recognizes achievement in activities ranging from students and faculty recruitment to advocacy with elected officials and opinion leaders on behalf of the university. The award is presented by The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc. Previous winners include…

  • 2014 – Steven W. Jemison ’75
  • 2012 – William P. Blair III ’70
  • 2011 – Edwin M. Cooperman ’67
  • 2005 – Erin F. Moriarty ’77
  • 2003 – Carl D. Smallwood ’80
  • 2000 – Michael F. Colley ’61

Josephine Sitterle Failer Award for volunteer service to students

Presented to those whose voluntary personal involvement has enhanced the quality of student life at the university. Created in 1988, it honors those who exemplify the spirit of selfless caring for Ohio State students. The award is presented by The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc.

  • 2010 – Laura G. Anthony ’95
  • 2007 – Elizabeth Watters ’90
  • 2003 – Bradley A. Myers ’00
  • 2001 – Theodore L. Adams ’91
  • 1994 – Carl D. Smallwood ’80

The Ohio State University Awards

University Distinguished Service Award

The University Distinguished Award, which began in 1952, is awarded to people who have provided a broad spectrum of services to the University in both official and unofficial capacities. Recent Moritz winners include…

  • 2013 – William P. Blair III ’70
  • 2012 – Alec Wightman ’75
  • 2011 – Elizabeth J. Watters ’90
  • 2010 – Carl D. Smallwood ’80
  • 2009 – Erin Moriarty ’77 and John W. Creighton, Jr. ’57
  • 2008 – Edwin M. Cooperman ’67
  • 2006 – W. Ray Persons ’78
  • 2004 – Frank E. Bazler ’53