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President John DiBiaggio (far right) and TUAA President Elliott Lerman, E65 (far left), with this year's Distinguished Service honorees (l-r): Frederick H. Hauck, A62; Edward H. Schluntz, A50, G51; Peter Ackerman, F76; Marvin Birger, A49; Nancy Jones Cicia, J59; and Ethel Jafarian Duffett, J37.

Every year the Tufts University Alumni Association honors the contributions of alumni making a difference at Tufts, in their professions and in their communities. This year, the honorees, cited at a gala dinner on April 15 at the Bostonian Hotel in downtown Boston, were: Dr. Peter Ackerman, F76, for service to Tufts and profession; Marvin Birger, A49, for service to Tufts and the community; Dr. Nancy Jones Cicia, J59, for service to Tufts and community; Ethel Jafarian Duffett, J37, for service to Tufts and community; Frederick H. Hauck, A62, for service to Tufts and profession; and Edward H. Schluntz, A50, G51, for service to Tufts and profession. Tufts University applauds these graduates for their lifelong commitment to Tufts, and, through their diverse accomplishments, for offering examples of enduring leadership.

Peter Ackerman, honored for service to Tufts and profession, attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he was granted M.A. and M.A.L.D. degrees after earning a B.A. at Colgate University. He received his Ph.D. from Fletcher in 1976. He is the Managing Director of Crown Capital, a private investment firm. From 1978 to 1990 he was the Director of International Capital Markets at Drexel Burnham Lambert, where he structured, financed and invested in hundreds of recapitalizations, including the largest and most complex leveraged acquisitions of that period. During the 1990s Crown has made numerous successful direct investments in fields as diverse as publishing, propane distribution, ball bearings, textiles, custom labeling, wax refining, auto-part remanufacturing,variable life insurance and Internet-based food retailing.Dr. Ackerman is currently the chairman of the Board of Overseers for the Fletcher School and serves on the Board of Trustees of Tufts. In addition, he sits on the boards of CARE, Colgate University, and the Cato Institute and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Executive Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is also the co-author of Strategic Nonviolent Conflict, published in 1994, and series editor of a related documentary scheduled to appear on PBS next year titled A Force More Powerful: A Century of Non-violent Conflict. Dr. Ackerman and his wife, Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, have two sons, Nathaneal and Elliot.

Marvin Birger, honored for service to Tufts and community, received a B.S. degree from Tufts in 1949. After graduate work at MIT and service in the U.S. Army, Mr. Birger went on to establish a distinguished career in business.He is the founder of Orkney Associates, Orkney Realty Trust, Orkney Industries, Bee Plastics, Inc., Amoco Chemical Consumer Products Division, Family Products, Birger Company, Rindge Associates, Fresh Pond Associates and Wayridge Corporation.Mr. Birger's Tufts activities include leadership on his class reunion committee for five decades. In 1995, he founded the Palm Beach Tufts Alliance, of which he is chairman. Through this Alliance, he has organized unique, highly successful events that generate an impressive presence for Tufts. His support of Tufts also includes a planned gift of an endowed chair to the economics department. Among Mr. Birger's community activities are being chairman of Adult Education and Executive Board Member of Temple Emanu-el of Palm Beach, Commissioner of the Committee for Jewish Education of Palm Beach, and Chairman of the All Chairpersons of Adult Education for All Temples in Palm Beach County. He is also a board member of the Jewish Family and Children's Services, a member of the American Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Palm Beach County, and a supporter of the Simon Weisenthal Center and the Jewish Theological Seminary.Mr. Birger and his wife, Carolyn, have three children: Terri Ellen, David, and Stuart.

Nancy Jones Cicia, honored for service to Tufts and community, received her B.S. in biology in 1959. Retired from her position as Associate Scientist in Research and Development at a medical diagnostic/prognostic company, Nancy Cicia has done extensive volunteer work in her community. In Wakefield, MA, she was co-founder of the Task Force on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, former member of the Citizens' Committee on Educational Planning and of the Social Action Committee of the Greenwood Union Church, and a volunteer in the Wakefield Public Schools and at the Beebe Public Library. In addition, she is a former member of the Northfield Mount Hermon School Alumni Council, and in 1980 received a Service Citation from the school. A member of the Wakefield Choral Society and part-time member of the Middlesex Concert Band, she is also a member of the Great Island Association of Narragansett, RI.Dr. Cicia has worked on every reunion committee since graduation, and served as chair for her 35th reunion. A member of the Tufts Alumni Council since 1989, she served on its Executive Committee for five years. She also chaired the Interimship Committee for one year and headed the Student Issues and Activities Committee for three years, initiating the now annual Jumbo Futures Fest. Currently chair of the Nominating Committee, she also chairs the Guidelines Committee and serves on the By-Laws Committee. She and her husband, Jefferson Cicia, A54, retired Tufts assistant athletic director, have four children: Laura DiBacco, David, Stephen, A88, and Mark.

Ethel Jafarian Duffett, honored for service to Tufts and community, graduated from Jackson College in 1937, after which she spent thirty years teaching and doing biochemical research in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. Mrs. Duffett has been involved in promoting awareness of Armenian issues at Tufts for more than two decades. Her philanthropy has funded a lecture series in Armenian studies, and she is responsible for the plaque at Tufts Goddard Chapel commemorating the genocide of more than 1.5 million Armenians during World War I. She has also endowed two scholarship funds at Tufts as well as a class in Armenian language. In 1998, she established the Darakjian/Jafarian Chair in Armenian History as a tribute to her family and the 1.5 million (Christian) Armenians who lost their lives in the 1915 Ottoman Empire Genocide in Turkey. Mrs. Duffett estimates that she lost forty close relatives during this time.In 1980, Mrs. Duffett retired from the Harvard School of Public Health and moved to Orlando, Florida, to be near her son, Dana P. Bowie, an attorney who graduated from Tufts in 1967. She was involved with the University Club of Winter Park and her church in Florida for many years and now does volunteer work at the local hospital, in addition to her continuing involvement at Tufts to promote awareness of Armenian issues.

Frederick H. Hauck, honored for service to Tufts and profession, received a B.S. in physics from Tufts in 1962 and an M.S. from MIT in nuclear engineering in 1966. In 1971, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. Mr. Hauck is President and Chief Executive Officer of AXA Space in Bethesda, MD, which specializes in underwriting the risk of launching and operating space systems. Before joining AXA Space in 1990, he completed a 28-year Navy career as a combat pilot, test pilot and astronaut. His last military assignment was Director of Navy Space Systems in the Pentagon. During his 11 years as a NASA astronaut, he flew on three space shuttle missions, the last as commander of Discovery, the first space shuttle mission after the Challenger tragedy. A member of the Tufts Board of Trustees, Mr. Hauck also serves as chair of the Board of Overseers for Arts and Sciences. He is a Fellow of both the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Among his many honors are two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. In addition, he has received the Tufts University Presidential Medal, the Tufts Light on the Hill Award, and the Delta Upsilon Distinguished Alumnus Award, and he is listed in Who's Who in America. He is married to Susan Cameron Bruce, J65, and he has two children: Whitney Hauck-Wood and Stephen Christopher Hauck, A87.

Edward H. Schluntz, honored for service to Tufts and profession, received his B.A. in 1950 and his M.Ed. in 1951. While at Tufts, he received ten varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball. Mr. Schluntz has had a distinguished career in teaching and coaching. After two years at Worcester Academy, Mr. Schluntz went to Brookline High School, where he held posts as teacher of English, head coach of football and basketball, assistant coach of baseball, and, from 1970 to 1990, as Director of Athletics. He also served as head coach of freshman football at Harvard University from 1990 to 1994. He has served as president of numerous organizations, including the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association, the Suburban League, the Gridiron Club of Boston, and the Windsor Club of Newton. He has served as chair of the MIAA Football Tournament Committe and the Selection Committee of the National Football Foundation, EMASS Chapter.His honors include Boston Globe Football Coach of the Year Award, the New England Football Officials Award, the Massachusetts Athletic Director of the Year Award, and the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. A longtime member of the Tufts Alumni Council, Mr. Schluntz is president of the Tufts Jumbo Club. As chair of its Grinnell Society, he helped to raise money for the Gantcher Family Sports and Convocation Center, and he has received the Tufts Jumbo Club Award. He and his wife, Gloria, J52, have two children, Kurt and Erika.

   

 

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