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Ridings Of Cazenovia Receives Clarkson University's Top Alumni Honor
Ridings earned his business administration degree from Clarkson in 1952, then enrolled at the University of Colorado, where he received his master of business administration degree. After serving in the United States Army with the Second Armored Division in Germany, Ridings returned to the Syracuse area, where he had been raised, to embark upon a long and successful career in the insurance industry. Beginning as a casualty claim adjustor for the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company, he eventually established his own agency and served as president of Dixon-Ridings Inc. until his retirement.
Ridings has been involved with numerous professional, civic, and charitable activities, and has been a director of the Madison Mutual Insurance Company and treasurer of the Midstate Spring Company. In addition to board memberships, Ridings served as either the chairman or president of Region Seven New York Forest Practice Board, the Madison County Planning Board, the Town of Cazenovia Assessment Review Board, the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District, the New Woodstock Free Library, and the Cazenovia Civic and Optimist Clubs. He is also the former secretary of the New York State Association of Conservation Districts. Ridings was honored with the Donald Stearns Memorial Forestry Award in 1993 and the Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District Distinguished Service Award.
Ridings has also maintained a close relationship with his alma mater. A member of the Clarkson Roundtable, he regularly participates in the Alumni Association Syracuse Chapter, where he has served as an officer and board member, and has been a regional phonathon volunteer. Ridings has also assisted with his reunion class activities and has been a class agent. He has served a five-year term as member-at-large for the Alumni Association Board of Governors. In 1990, Ridings' generosity established the Ridings Teaching Improvement Fund at Clarkson. His legacies to this institution also include his daughter, Martha, and son-in-law, Bradley Honnold, both of whom graduated in 1984.
Clarkson University is an independent institution located in northern New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The University has 2,670 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in its schools of Business, Engineering, Science, and Liberal Arts, and its Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management program.