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Four Receive Clarkson University's Highest Alumni Honor
David P. Brownell of Stratham, N.H.; Maureen A. Curtin of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Norris D. Jones of Oswego, N.Y. and Thomas H. McCafferty of Duxbury, Mass., have all received the Golden Knight Award from their alma mater, Clarkson University.
Presented each year during Reunion Weekend, Clarkson's most prestigious alumni award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves either by service to Clarkson through Alumni Association activities or have demonstrated outstanding career achievement, bringing distinction to themselves and to Clarkson.
David Brownell graduated from Clarkson in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. He joined the General Electric Company where he served in various sales, marketing, and operating management positions for 19 years, before joining Tyco International Ltd. in 1984. Brownell has held numerous positions at Tyco. Throughout most of the 1990s, he was responsible for Tyco's Investor Relations, Corporation Marketing, Public Relations, and Community Relations efforts serving as Senior Vice President, a position he continues to hold today.
Brownell's contributions to civic and charitable causes are numerous. He is currently the volunteer board President of the United Way of the Greater Seacoast of New Hampshire, and serves on the board of the University of New Hampshire Foundation. Brownell chaired the "Character Under Construction" fund drive for the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America and was awarded the New Hampshire Citizen of the Year award by the Daniel Webster Council in 1998. Brownell has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Exeter Health Resources, The Greater Piscataqua Community Foundation, and the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association.
Brownell has helped to maintain Clarkson's corporate connections with Tyco International by returning to campus to recruit graduating seniors, and has shared his corporate experiences as a speaker for the Industrial Distribution Society. He has also served as a regional event host and regularly participates in Alumni Association activities, serves as a Class Partner for the Campaign for Clarkson and has established an endowed scholarship fund at Clarkson in the name of his parents, Purcell and Edith Brownell.
Maureen Curtin graduated from Clarkson in 1975, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with great distinction. She was the first woman to receive the Lavinia Clarkson Award as the graduate showing the best combination of scholarship, and promise for outstanding professional achievement.
Curtin began her career in independent higher education by serving in a number of positions in financial aid administration at the State University of New York at Albany, Russell Sage College, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, before being named Director of Financial Aid of Sienna College in 1981. In 1982, she joined the staff of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, an association providing statewide advocacy for the 108 independent colleges and universities in New York. She served in a number of increasingly responsible positions, including Financial Aid Policy Analyst; Director of Higher Education Financing; and Director of Research, Finance, and Administration. In 1994, Curtin was named Vice President of that organization. As the Chief of Staff for the Commission, she has published numerous reports and publications on behalf of New York's independent college sector.
Curtin completed requirements for the Master of Science degree in Communications from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1987. Her professional and community affiliations have included membership in the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the New York State Business Council, and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. She has been a guest lecturer at the New York University Graduate School, and has done many television and radio guest appearances discussing higher education financing programs.
Norris Jones received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson in 1950. He spent the first 10 years of his career employed by the Bailey Meter Company and Ames Ironworks, before establishing J&M Power Systems in 1960, a corporation focused on the development of industrial heating and ventilating systems, and special heat recovery technologies including wood-fired boiler plants, and co-generation systems. Jones' company was involved in the construction of the wood-fired steam plant in Snell Hall, used to heat Clarkson's downtown campus. In 1990, J&M Power Systems became associated with the Sithe Energy Marketing Corporation, leading to the construction of the Independence Power Plant Project in Oswego, New York. Jones remained as a consultant to Sithe Energy before retiring in 1995.
Jones has been very devoted to civic and charitable activities in his hometown of Oswego, New York. The Hiawatha Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Oswego Hospital, and the Springside Housing Project have benefited from his strong sense of civic duty. He is considered the founding father of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association and the Oswego Maritime Foundation.
Jones has also displayed a lifelong devotion to his alma mater. He has been one of the principle organizers of the annual reunions of the "Holcroft Gang," an enthusiastic group of alumni who developed strong bonds of friendship while living together as students in Holcroft House on the Clarkson campus. Jones has been a member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors and served for many years as Activity Chair for class reunions.
Jones has been very active in alumni activities in the Syracuse and Oswego areas, serving as a Regional Chapter Board member and event host, and has been responsible for recruiting numerous new students as an Alumni Admission Program volunteer. Jones returns to campus often and has addressed students as an Alumni Career Day speaker. He has taken personal interest in the Honors Program at Clarkson and has established an endowed fund to support that program. Jones is also a volunteer for the Campaign for Clarkson, serving as a Partner for the Class of 1950.
McCafferty has been very active with the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), serving both the national and state organizations. He has held the office as Treasurer, Vice President and President of the state chapter of the ABC in Massachusetts and has served that national organization as both a member of the Board of Directors and the President's Advisory Council. For his efforts, the national ABC selected him as the Beam Club Man of the Year in 1993, and has twice been selected the Region 7 Beam Club Man of the Year for his work with the state organization.
McCafferty's many civic and charitable involvements include The Duxbury Education Foundation; The Jordan Hospital, Inc.; The George Gould Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament and Handikids, a nonprofit organization which provides social and recreation facilities for underprivileged and mentally retarded children. McCafferty has been very active for many years as a coach, board member, and officer for both Youth Hockey and Baseball Associations in his hometown of Duxbury, Massachusetts. For his efforts, he has received Coach of the Year honors and was presented the Mike Tenney Award for his outstanding contribution to Duxbury Youth Hockey.
McCafferty remains an avid Golden Knight hockey fan, and has served the Clarkson Alumni Association as a member of the Board of Governors and the Alumni National Executive Council. He has returned to campus as an Alumni Career Day speaker, and has twice served as chair for his class reunions. McCafferty was a volunteer for the Arena Design Fund Committee and is currently a Class Partner for the Campaign for Clarkson.