1995 Awards


Mark Benz '56
Metallurgist, researcher

Among other things, Mark Benz, a chemistry major while at Middlebury, is the inventor of a strong and highly flexible super conducting tape, which is the basis for commercial super conducting magnet systems and he is the co-inventor of General Electricity's (GE) process for making the world's strongest permanent magnets. Mark is a world leader in the development of super conducting materials, spray forming methods for super alloys, refractory metals and high temperature composites. He's published more than 50 technical papers and holds 31 U.S. patents. It's no wonder he was awarded the Distinguished Career Award by the Hudson-Mohawk Section of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, the Geisler Award of the Eastern New York Chapter of the American Society for Metals International, and GE Research and Development center's highest honor -- its Coolidge Fellowship Award.

William Delahunt '63
Norfolk County District Attorney

William Delahunt puts an end to lawyer jokes. A district attorney in Massachusetts, he is known for professionalizing the state's office of district attorney, while earning respect and gratitude for initiatives on civil rights and domestic violence.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine, Winter 1996, pg. 8

Martha Grace Welch '66
Author, physician, clinic director, works with autistic children

Martha Welch has made breakthroughs with autistic children, pioneering a technique for holding these hypersensitive people. A psychiatrist working in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut, she has broadcast nationally her theories for connecting with these isolated members of our society.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine,Winter 1996 pg. 8

Nancy Taylor Stonington '66
Artist, business woman

Nancy Stonington is an artist, a highly successful painter of watercolors with more than 60 solo shows to her credit in the United States and Europe. She is attracted to the western landscapes of Idaho, Washington, and Alaska, where she lives and paints.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine,Winter 1996 pg. 8

Elizabeth "Tommy" Hennefrund '44
Writer, author of books for adults and children

Elizabeth Ring Hennefrund has spent her life writing, editing, and teaching. Her work includes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and plays - often for children - with titles such as Tiger Lilies and Other Beastly Plants, Henry David Thoreau: In Step With Nature,andRachel Carson: Caring for the Earth.Her latest children's book, Loon at Northfield Lakeis published by Soundprints for The Smithsonian Institution.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine,Winter 1998, pg. 9 and
Middlebury Magazine, Winter 1996, pg. 8

Jacquie Phelan '77
National Champion mountain bike racer

Jacqueline Phelan has been racing as a mountain biker for 13 years and has earned three national championships as she became the sport's most successful practitioner. In addition, she founded WOMBATS, the Women's Mountain Bike and Tea Society, an organization promoting mountain biking that has 800 members in 43 states.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine, Winter 1996, pg. 8


Young Alumni Achievement Awards


Heidi Siegrist '80
Director of multi-generational child care center

Heidi Siegrist has contributed possible solutions to some of the problems of employees in their roles as parents and children. Her work at Stride Rite in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is director of intergenerational care, combines day care for preschoolers and seniors.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine, Winter 1996 pg. 8

Chris Waddell '91
Award winning Para-Olympic athlete

Chris Waddell is a winning athlete, his sport skiing. A member of the U.S. Disabled Team, he won four gold medals in downhill slalom, giant slalom, and combined events at Lillehammer. He also worked on the U.S. Developmental Team for track, preparing for competition at the Atlanta Summer Games.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine,Winter 1996 pg.8,
Middlebury Magazine,Summer 1997, pg. 15 and
Middlebury Magazine,Winter 1992, pgs. 16-21

Kevin P. Mahaney '84
Silver medalist in '92 Olympics, sailing

When Kevin Mahaney and his syndicate, PACT95, launched their boat, the Young America, in the 1995 America's Cup Challenge, they were doing more than challenging the world to a sailboat race. The competition for this most prized yachting trophy has become a test of imagination, creativity and technology, demanding the accumulated skills of this economics major from the class of 1985. While he came to sailing relatively late, he had already gained the title of Captain, as well as All-American recognition, on an ECAC championship lacrosse team. The performance in Barcelona during the 1992 summer Olympics by Kevin and his crew on their 27-foot Soling, brought home a silver medal -- one of nine accumulated by the American Sailors.


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