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07-24-1997

Four Receive Clarkson University's Top Alumni Honor

In his many years at Kodak, Bourcy worked in some of the company's core business areas,including the motion-picture and sheet-film division and roll-film division, where he served in numerous increasingly responsible positions from production supervisor to superintendent and finally organizational manager for the finished products group which included six separate divisions.

Dangremond received his bachelor's and master's degrees in industrial management from Clarkson in 1972 and 1974, respectively. After working as an industrial engineer in the fossil fuel division of Babcock and Wilcox Company in Barberton, Ohio, he returned to his alma mater in 1975 as assistant director of residence life. In 1977, he became associate dean of students. By then he was well launched on his work with students, parents, and ultimately alums, that would establish him as a vital part of the Clarkson administration.

In 1980, Dangremond was named director of the Alumni and Parents associations, where he was responsible for the development of the Alumni National Executive Council, a network of regional clubs throughout the nation, and an enhanced alumni reunion weekend program. Dangremond also established Clarkson's first alumni association strategic plan. He was instrumental in revitalizing the senior class gift tradition which led to the restoration of the Clarkson family gazebo and fountain on campus. Under his leadership, the Parents Association expanded its role in recruiting new students, career development of undergraduates, and fund raising. Dangremond's leadership in alumni relations has brought him national professional recognition as a speaker for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Dangremond's numerous responsibilities have included supervision of the offices of the Alumni Data Center, the Clarkson Fund, Communications, Publications, and the Career Development Center, and he has been vice president of University Relations. In 1992, as universities and colleges nationwide were faced with a declining pool of quality applicants, he was asked to assume the responsibility of Clarkson's Department of Undergraduate Admission.

This spring, Dangremond returned to the division of Institutional Advancement as executive director of the Alumni and Parents Associations, where he is again hard at work renewing alumni relationships, developing programming to meet alumni needs in the 21st century, and focusing on major gift solicitations among all Clarkson constituencies.

Bourcy graduated from Clarkson in 1947 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He enjoyed a 39-year career with the Eastman Kodak Company, interrupted only by three in the United States Army, 84th Infantry Division, where he served in the European Theater and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and a Bronze Star.

Bourcy retired from Kodak in 1986. By then, he had also completed advanced training at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the Borough Polytechnic in London, England, and the advanced management program at the Harvard Business School. Bourcy has been active in many professional organizations including Tau Beta Pi, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and the Photographic Society of America.

The Boy Scouts of America has been Bourcy's favorite civic activity. In the Scouts he has served in various executive board capacities, including vice president for programs and vice president for finance for the Otetina Council and the Finger Lakes Council. Bourcy has received numerous awards for his roles in scouting. He has also served on the Penfield Planning Board, but has reserved time for his favorite avocation: winemaking. An accredited wine judge, he is a member of the American Wine Society, has reorganized and chaired the New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, and has won 19 personal awards for his noncommercial wines.

Bourcy has been particularly close to his Clarkson classmates, as is evident by his many years as a class agent, committee member, and chair for his class reunion celebrations. A member of the Clarkson Roundtable, Bourcy developed and promoted the Class of 1947 Endowed Scholarship Fund. He has served as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors and has been a regular participant in regional alumni events in the Rochester area. Reh graduated from Clarkson in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in industrial distribution and began his career as a management trainee in the long-lines division of AT&T, prior to a two-year tour of duty with the United States Army as a lieutenant in the Corp of Engineers.

Since his graduation, Reh has also found time for community activities for service to his alma mater. He has been a board member and vice president of the Victor Central School Board of Education; a member, treasurer, and chairman of the Ontario County Industrial Development agency; a member, secretary, and vice chairman of the Finger Lakes Foundation for Finger Lakes Community College; a member of the board of the Finger Lakes Companies and the Key Bank of Western New York Advisory Board; and has served as a board member and president of the Tennis Club of Rochester.

As a member of the Clarkson Roundtable, Reh has been generous in giving of his time to serve Clarkson. He has been a leader in class reunion activities as a reunion committee member and as class reunion chair, and has also volunteered as a class agent. He has also returned to campus as an Alumni Career Day speaker, and has helped recruit students as an alumni admission volunteer. He has been a member of the Clarkson Alumni Association Board of Governors and served a five-year-term as an Alumni National Executive Council member-at-large. In 1995, Reh established the RAYTEC Technical Communications Scholarship Fund to support a talented freshman majoring in technical communications.

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.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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