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07-24-2014

Four Honored with Clarkson University's Most Prestigious Alumni Award

Thomas F. Basso of Scottsdale, Ariz., Louis A. Dindo of Groton, Mass., Ann Marie Lubert of Suwanee, Ga., and John Munter of Middle Grove, N.Y., have all been honored with the Golden Knight Award by their alma mater, Clarkson University.  

Left to right: Clarkson President Tony Collins; award winners Ann Marie Lubert, Louis A. Dindo, Thomas F. Basso, and John Munter; and Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Steve Newkofsky.Presented each year during the Alumni Reunion, Clarkson’s most prestigious alumni award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves either by service to Clarkson through Alumni Associated activities or have demonstrated outstanding career achievement, bringing distinction to themselves and to Clarkson.

Thomas F. Basso

Thomas F. Basso received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson University in 1974. He received his master of business administration degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1982.

Basso spent six years in engineering-related positions, and then began his business career as one of the founding members of Kennedy Capital Management, Inc., in 1980. He went on to become the president and founder of Trendstat Capital Management, Inc., in 1984. Basso grew Trendstat into a highly successful investment advisory firm, which managed over $500 million in hedge funds, currencies, futures and mutual funds for clients worldwide. His mathematical and computer background gave Basso the ability to develop a wide range of investment programs to take advantage of opportunities in the financial markets.  

Basso authored Panic Proof Investing, which focused on helping investors. He was also one of the traders featured in The New Market Wizards by Jack Schwager.  

In addition to serving his industry in numerous professional associations, including the National Futures Association, Basso has also served Clarkson in a variety of roles. He has provided articles, financial videos, interviews, webinars, seminars and monetary support to the Annie Clarkson Society, current students and the Clarkson Alumni Association. As a volunteer for the Annie Clarkson Society, Basso has promoted several areas of special interest, including investor education and teaching the skills necessary for a successful financial transition from college to professional life. Basso is also an expert spokesperson on charitable remainder trusts for Clarkson.

Basso retired from Trendstat Capital Management in 2003 and lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his wife, Brenda.
 
Louis A. Dindo

Louis A. Dindo received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering degree from Clarkson University in 1954 and was a member of the Omicron Pi Omicron fraternity. He was an active member of ROTC and was a member of both of Pi Tau Sigma and Tau Beta Pi honor societies. He received his associate in electrical engineering degree from Northeastern University in 1963.

Dindo began his career with General Electric in the manufacturing training program. He then moved on to the Raytheon Company, where he remained for the next 44 years. He held several management positions in the Defense Systems Department, which was one of the key areas of Raytheon’s business.

Early in his career, he was the lead engineer for the mechanical design fabrication and test of high vacuum RF power tubes, including the Lunar Excursion Module, which was used in all of the U.S. moon landings. As his career progressed, he became an expert in the mechanical design, fabrication, environmental testing and installation of land-based, mobile and shipboard reflector and phased array antennas. He had several overseas assignments, including a stint in England, where he was part of an engineering team that conducted a concept exploration study of a shipboard mounted phased array antenna that sought to provide early detection and tracking of simultaneous targets from any direction for the NATO Anti-Air Warfare System.

Dindo has been a loyal and supportive alumnus of Clarkson. He has been a member of the Roundtable for many years and has served in several volunteer roles, including class agent and reunion activity chair. Dindo is also a member of the Annie Clarkson Society, as he has created numerous charitable gift annuities to provide a scholarship endowment for future mechanical engineering students. He currently serves as a volunteer for the Annie Clarkson Society, as he is also an expert spokesperson for charitable gift annuities to Clarkson.

Not only does he have great enthusiasm for Clarkson, but he is an active member in his community as well. He is a member of the Massachusetts Republican Club, the Lions Club and a founding member of his community’s Youth Hockey Organization. He is also a legacy member of the World War II 73rd Bomb Wing Association.

Dindo, a native of Barre, Vt., resides in Groton, Mass., with his wife, Joan. They have three adult children.

Ann Marie Lubert

Ann Marie Lubert received her bachelor of science degree in marketing and communications from Clarkson University in 1989. She was a member of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and played volleyball and lacrosse for Clarkson. She received her master of business administration degree from Plymouth State University in 1991.

Lubert began her career with General Electric in 1989, as a member of their Distribution Sales Program. In her early days with GE, she was a part of the Clarkson recruiting and interviewing team for various programs and positions throughout the Northeast. Several moves around the country and promotions within various GE businesses led her to her current general manager role with GE Healthcare Global Services.

In 2012, Lubert was asked to take on additional responsibility as the corporate recruiting leader for all of General Electric at Clarkson. She has worked at numerous career fairs, conducting in-person resume work-shops and also contributed to various student panels and has written articles for parents of current Clarkson students.

In addition, Lubert guided GE to be the sponsor for the newly formed Intercultural Ambassador Program, launched in 2013. As a corporate sponsor, Lubert has mobilized the various resources within GE to help students address obstacles they face today as a student and also hear the challenges and potential solutions from current GE employees – leveraging GE’s affinity network members and presentations.  

In addition to her on-campus activities, Lubert is active in the Atlanta Alumni Chapter. She has assisted in various events, including baseball outings and Clarkson Serves projects.  

Lubert is also very dedicated to her community. A believer in a person’s ability to achieve with support and guidance, Lubert has been a member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters in the various cities she has lived over the past 25 years. She has served on the board for the American Red Cross S. Milwaukee Chapter as well as Westie Rescue of Greater Washington. In addition, as a member of the Delta Society Pet Partners Organization, Lubert and her dog Abby spent hours at various senior centers and hospice centers providing pet therapy to residents in the facilities.

Lubert resides in the Suwanee area with her sons, Elijah and Jacob.

John Munter

John Munter received his bachelor of science degree in physics from in 1962. He went on to earn his master’s degree in management from RPI in 1967.

Munter began his career with General Electric in 1959. He was a test engineer for the rocket engine design testing program for Malta Test Division in Malta, N.Y. He continued to work in various engineering and management positions at GE for the next 13 years.

In 1972, Munter declined a position to manage the Advance Manufacturing Engineering division at Large Steam. Instead, he left GE to form Munter Enterprises, a general contracting construction operation.

Over four decades later, the business continues today under the leadership of Munter’s two sons, both with civil engineering degrees; John E. is a Manhattan College graduate and Mike a Clarkson graduate. Munter Enterprises specializes in design-build commercial and industrial structures, as well as land development for industrial applications.

Munter has generously supported Clarkson in several areas. He is a Roundtable member of the Clarkson Fund. In the fall of 2012, Clarkson celebrated the dedication of the Munter Trails, which provide the campus and local community with spectacular views of Fall Island and convenient access to the Raquette River, while enhancing an overall sense of connection with the river. Munter played a critical role in this project, as he spent countless hours working on the trails with equipment loaned by Munter Enterprises.  

Munter’s expert knowledge in the construction industry has made him a valuable volunteer in his community. He served on the board of directors at Wesley Health Care Center as the chairman of building and grounds for almost a decade. He currently serves as vice chairman at Saratoga Plan, which works to preserve farm land and open space throughout Saratoga County for recreational use. Munter is also a member of the Saratoga Builders Association and served four years as the organization’s vice president.

Munter’s philanthropic support has been directed to many organizations, including the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, Saratoga Hospital, JDRF, Saratoga County EOC, Brookside Museum, and Saratoga Center for The Family, just to name a few. Beginning with a hands-on trip to Ndhavi, Kenya, earlier this spring, Munter continues to consult with the Hope For Kenya organization to develop and implement more cost-effective design strategies and construction techniques as they continue to expand their private elementary school campus.

Munter resides just outside of Saratoga, N.Y., in Middle Grove with his wife of 51 years, Rosemary. Altogether, their daughter, Erika, and sons, John E. and Mike, have bestowed them with six grandchildren.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Four Clarkson University alumni have received the Golden Knight Award from their alma mater. Left to right: Clarkson President Tony Collins; award winners Ann Marie Lubert, Louis A. Dindo, Thomas F. Basso, and John Munter; and Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Steve Newkofsky.

[A photograph for media use is http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/golden-knight-2014.jpg.]

[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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