Founder of Danforth Pewter
Frederick Danforth has successfully combined his devotion to his craft of creating fine pewter products with a growing, socially responsible business. He and his wife, Judi, founded Danforth Pewterers, located in Middlebury, Vermont, 23 years ago. The business has grown from a two-person shop to a 50-employee company with national distribution. Danforth creations are distributed everywhere, from gift and craft stores to museum shops. Danforth Pewterers has entered licensing agreements with such organizations as the Walt Disney Company, for which it produces Winnie-The-Pooh ornaments, charms, pins and figurines. Part of Danforth Pewterers' socially responsible mission includes an employee contributions committee that disburses funds to non-profit organizations several times a year. The U.S. Small Business Administration named Fred and Judi Danforth Vermont Small Business Persons of the Year for 1997.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine,Fall 1987 pgs. 10-11
Patrick J. Durkin '79
Volunteer advocate, businessman
Patrick Durkin is a successful investment banker and the managing director of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He has displayed many talents and has contributed to the community in innumerable ways. He formally held positions in the campaigns of Presidents Bush and Reagan, served in the United States Treasury Department, and was a member of the executive committee of President Reagan's Commission on the 1987 Stock Market Crash. A devoted community servant, he has a strong interest in sharing what he has learned with today's young adults. One manifestation of this commitment is Middlebury's Public Service Fund, which he established in 1994 to recognize Middlebury students' leadership in public and community affairs. He also serves on the U.S. Small Enterprises Assistant Fund; both provide assistance to people in emerging nations.
Adapted from Middlebury Magazine, Spring 1987 pgs. 22-29
Time Inc. executive/volunteer
President, publisher, and advertising director are just a few of the positions that Don has held at magazines such as Sports Illustrated, People, Time,and Entertainment Weekly during his 31-year career at Time, Inc. Now an executive vice president of the company, he oversees several special projects, such as the development of CNN/SI, the 24-hour sports news network, into a major corporate asset. He is a dedicated, passionate volunteer, having worked with the New York Special Olympics and currently serving as a trustee for the Jimmie Heuga Center, named for the 1964 Olympic skiing medalist who later developed multiple sclerosis. An avid skier and sailor, he is a man of many talents.
Co-anchor of PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer
Elizabeth Fink Farnsworth has excelled in the field of journalism. The chief correspondent and principal substitute anchor of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, she also heads the NewsHour's San Francisco office. She is an expert on South America, with a master's degree in history from Stanford University, an award-winning producer and director of television documentaries, and an accomplished writer on foreign policy for such publications as The Nation. Her many awards for television reporting include Thomas More Storke International Journalism Award from the World Affairs Council of Northern California Radio, Television News Directors Association.
Richard "Casey" G. Hoffman '65
Lawyer, founder CSE-Child Support Enforcement
Richard "Casey" Hoffman is founder and president of Child Support Enforcement (CSE), a national private child support enforcement service started in Austin, Texas in 1991. CSE is the nation's largest private company whose sole purpose is to assist parents in collecting court-ordered child support both nationwide and overseas. Casey and CSE have been profiled in numerous national media, including The New York Times, USA TODAY and NBC News'Today and he has appeared on numerous news and talk programs including, The Larry King Show. A national leader in the field of child support, Casey received the 1990 Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement from the National Child Support Enforcement Association. Casey was a special assistant attorney general directing the child support enforcement of Texas from 1986 to 1991. During each of the last two years in which he headed the Texas state program, the U.S. Congress recognized Texas as the most improved child support enforcement program in the country. A frequent writer and lecturer on the subject of winning the child support war, he serves on the board of the National Child Support Enforcement Association located in Washington, D.C. Casey holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law, 1968. In 1985 he received the law school's highest honor, presented to an individual whose work has benefited society as well as the legal community.
Young Alumni Achievement Award
Singer, Broadway performer
Juliet Lambert has achieved noteworthy success as a singer and actress. A music major at Middlebury, she now entertains audiences around the world. Most recently, Juliet spent a year and a half as Fantine in Les Miserables on Broadway.She also had roles in the Broadway productions of Stephen Soundheim's Passion in 1994, and Meet Me in St. Louis in 1989. On tour, she appeared in Kiss of the Spider Woman with Chita Rivera and in the Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber with Michael Crawford, which took her to Japan, Australia, and the United Kingdom. She has performed with Julie Andrews in Putting it Together, an off-Broadway production at the Manhattan Theatre Club, and with Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis in a regional production of the musical Cinderella. Her recordings include Passion, Meet Me in St. Louis, Strike up the Band, and the soundtrack of Baseball, Ken Burns's documentary.
Krista Conley Lincoln '86
Founder/Managing Director of Cambridge Translation Resources
In 1992, just six years after graduating from Middlebury, Krista used her entrepreneurial talent, Chinese language skills, international business experience, and a $6,000 loan to found Boston-based Cambridge Translation Resources, Inc. (CTR). CTR translates and produces a broad range of multilingual materials, from bilingual textbooks used in schools across America to operating manuals for U.S. products sold in Europe and Latin America. In May 1998, she sold her company to Language for Industry Worldwide. She remains the president and CEO of CTR, whose 1998 revenue was expected to exceed $3 million. She has also served as a consultant to the Hong Kong government, working to link high-technology forms with investment partners in Hong Kong, and is author of numerous articles about doing business in greater China.