Alumni  Awards

The Distinguished Alumnus Award

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented each year to that member of the Alumni Association of Cardigan Mountain School who has exhibited outstanding service either to the School, to his community, and/or in his profession.

2014 Recipient—William T. "Tim" Fleming '70 


Hailing from Butler, Pennsylvania, Tim Fleming entered Cardigan Mountain School as an eighth-grade student in September 1968. The 1970 Blaze yearbook lists soccer, skiing, and baseball as his sports of choice, but his photography skills, showcased in that very same volume, and his membership in the Debate Club revealed two early passions. After graduating from Cardigan, Tim went on to graduate from Mercersburg Academy, Syracuse University, and Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 1983 and in that same year began his legal career as assistant district attorney in Centre County, Pennsylvania. In 1986 he moved to the opposite side of courtroom aisle and began practicing criminal defense with the firm of Lee, Martin, Green and Reiter. In 2002, Attorney Fleming opened his own firm, Fleming Law Offices, in State College, Pennsylvania. His professional memberships include the Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners, and the Centre County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. His pro bono activities include work for Mid-Pennsylvania Legal Services and the Women’s Resource Center, both of State College, Pennsylvania.


Tim’s reconnection to Cardigan began in 1991 when he chose to attend a fall reunion. In 1995 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Cardigan Mountain School Alumni Association, and in 1998 he was elected to the Cardigan Mountain School Board of Incorporators. In 2004 he began a 20-year tenure as a member of the Cardigan Mountain School Board of Trustees. For nearly three decades, Tim has proudly and generously served our school, and as such, he is an example and inspiration to Cardigan students and to his fellow Cardigan alumni.


In recognition of his unwavering commitment to our school, the Cardigan Mountain School Alumni Association is proud to honor our fellow alumnus William T. Fleming ’70 as the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award.


Past Recipients:

1992 Mr. F. Lee Bailey ’47 & Mr. James I. White ’61
1993 Mr. Matthew Bronfman ’74
1994 Dr. Richard D. Morrison ’50
1995 Mr. Samuel S. Adams ’52 & Dr. Fred G. Lippert III ’49
1996 Maj. Warren D. Huse ’52
1997 Mr. Robert A. Morrow ’77
2000 Mr. Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr. ’74
2001 Dr. Ronald A. von Jako ’81
2002 Mr. Alec J. Koromilas, Esq. ’79
2003 Mr. David Cheever ’52
2004 Mr. Scott F. Powers ’75
2005 Mr. Craig M. Johnson ’78
2006 Cmdr. Thomas C. Graves ’79
2011 Mr. Brian M. Sirgutz ’88 & Mr. Jeremy D. Marks ’88
2012 Mr. Robert V. Chartener ’73
2013 Mr. Taylor B. Chase ’02 & Mr. Thomas C. Thayer ’69
2014 Mr. William T. Fleming ’70

N. Donald Diebel ’82 Distinguished Young Alumnus Award

Established in 2002 to honor the memory of alumnus Dr. N. Donald Diebel ’82, this award is presented each year to that younger member of the Alumni Association of Cardigan Mountain School who has exhibited outstanding service to his community.

2014 Recipient—Devin Clifford ‘99


A native Vermonter, Devin Clifford enrolled in the eighth grade at Cardigan in the fall of 1997. An excellent student and athlete, Devin was a member of the National Junior Honor Society, a dormitory leader, and a gifted soccer, hockey, and lacrosse player. From Cardigan he matriculated to St. Paul’s School, where he captained the lacrosse team and won the 2003 Robey Lacrosse Medal. In 2006, while he was a student at Colgate University, he returned to The Point to test the waters as a teacher at Cardigan’s Summer Session. He found it to his liking, and in 2007, newly armed with a degree in molecular biology, he began his teaching career at Iroquois Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky. He later taught chemistry and biology at Louisville Collegiate High School and continued his education at the University of Louisville, from which he received his master of arts in teaching degree in 2009. Devin coached lacrosse at duPont Manual School, and in 2010 he was honored as the Kentucky High School Coach of the Year. That summer, he was once again drawn back to the Cardigan Summer Session. In 2013, Devin seized the opportunity to play professional lacrosse as a member of the Kentucky Stickhorses of the United States Lacrosse League and helped his team to reach the league championship game. Since then, Devin has been a full-time faculty member at Cardigan, serving as director of Summer Programs, a dorm parent in Dewar House, and a hockey coach. 

For his educational, athletic, and professional accomplishments, and for his continued loyalty to our school, the Cardigan Mountain School Alumni Association is proud to honor Devin M. Clifford ’99 as the 2014 recipient of the Dr. N. Donald Diebel ’82 Distinguished Young Alumnus Award.

Past Recipients:

2002 Mr. Marquis J. Daisy ’98
2003 Mr. Basil B. Seggos ’89
2004 Mr. Harold H. Reichle ’79
2007 Mr. Philippe P. Cousteau ’95
2011 Sgt. Joshua D. Pellegrino ’93
2012 Captain William “Mac” S. MacVittie ’99
2013 First Lt. Pack S. Janes ’00
2014 Mr. Devin Clifford ’99

Honorary Alumnus Award

The Honorary Alumnus Award is presented each year to a member of the Cardigan Family who is not an alumnus, but who, in the eyes of Alumni, and on behalf of a grateful Alumni Association, has exhibited extraordinary service to the students of Cardigan Mountain School, in one capacity or another.


2014 Recipient—David Auerbach P’11


Perpetually sporting the white lab coat adorned with a man-of-steel letter “S” proclaiming him “Scienceman,” David Auerbach has been the consummate triple-threat teacher, activities coach, and dorm parent at Cardigan since his arrival in 1996. Dave has taught science and geometry, manned the wood shop, and most recently transitioned to overseeing the Charles C. Gates Invention & Innovation Competition program. He has coached soccer, recreational skiing, sailing, and cross-country running. Together with his family, he has been a dorm parent to Cardigan students in Clark-Morgan and Brewster Halls, as well as Stowell, Dewar, and Funnell Houses. Through clubs and classes alike, he has freely shared his passion for such things as rocketry and robotics, plants and animals, design and engineering, and appropriately his Jewish faith. He has even lent his hand at overseeing that time-honored Cardigan tradition known as work detail. For years, Cardigan students have benefited from materials and money totaling nearly $50,000, received through grants that Dave has applied for and secured for his departments and programs. The lives of thousands of Cardigan boys have truly been enriched by Dave Auerbach’s tutelage and guidance.

And therefore, on this 18th day of October, 2014, we, the grateful alumni of Cardigan Mountain School, are proud to deem David Auerbach a most welcome and deserving fellow alumnus.

Past Recipients:

1991 Mr. Norman C. Wakely P'70,'73,'75
1992 Mr. Joseph M. Collins P'74
1993 Mr. Robert S. Gillette
1994 Dr. Crawford H. Hinman
1996 Mr. Savage C. Frieze, Jr.
2000 Mrs. Carol M. & Mr. Dave F. Shelton
2001 Mrs. Beverly Wakely P'70,'73,'75 & Rev. Harry R. Mahoney
2002 Mrs. Ruth H. Talbert, Mr. Hal Finkbeiner, Jr. & Dr. Cameron K. Dewar P'93
2003 Mr. James “Coach” N. Marrion P'88
2004 Mrs. Jacqueline A. Lary P'67,'71 & Dr. Robert F. Kenerson
2005 Mr. J. Dudley Clark & Mrs. Shirley Lester
2006 Mr. Edilberto Ramos P'91,'97 & Mrs. Mary Mendelsohn
2007 Mr. William Hart & Mrs. Virginia Collins P'74
2009 Mr. James H. Funnell '07,'09 & Ms. Susan Rives
2011 Mr. William X. Barron & Neil Brier
2012 Mr. Alexander L. Gray P'14,'16
2013 Mr. Nicholas S. Lynch P'96,'97 & David H. Bradley
2014 Mr. David Auerbach P'11

The Green Jacket Award

The Green Jacket award is given each year to that member of the Cardigan Mountain School Alumni Association who has distinguished himself in his service to Cardigan Mountain School, and to the Alumni Association.


2014 Recipient—Brandon Wagner ’92

MediaLibrary#6375Brandon Wagner ’92 entered Cardigan as a seventh grader in the fall of 1989 and quickly bought into the full and rich lifestyle offered to those willing to immerse themselves in the Cardigan program. He participated in Knowledge Master, served as a Green Key tour guide, worked as an editor on the Blaze, contributed to stage productions in the Drama Club, and held a seat in student leadership, rising from the seventh-grade vice president to the head of student government and school leader in ninth grade. He excelled on the soccer field, in the hockey rink, and on the tennis court, earning varsity letters in all three sports. On Commencement day, his Cardigan career culminated in being awarded the Norman and Beverly Wakely Prize, given to the student who, in the opinion of his classmates, best upholds the tradition, spirit, and pride of Cardigan Mountain School, thus making every day “a beautiful day in New Hampshire.”

In the years since his graduation, Brandon has remained an active member of the Cardigan community. He serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and he is a loyal supporter of The Annual Fund for Cardigan. He is a charter signer of the New York City Alumni Chapter, where time and again he has proven to be our “go-to guy” for organizing events and reunions. His continued willingness and enthusiasm to support our school and the efforts of the Alumni Association could win him the Wakely prize again today! Brandon has been a steadfast ambassador of Cardigan, and we are pleased to see him don the green jacket once again. And so, on this 18th day of October, 2014, the Cardigan Mountain School Alumni Association is proud to present the Distinguished Service Award to Brandon J. Wagner ’92. 

Past Recipients:


1996 Mr. F. Corning KenlyIII ’68
1997 Mr. Richard A. Clancy ’67
1998 Mr. Geoffrey A. Blair ’68
2000 William T. Fleming, Esq. ’70
2001 Mr. Geoffrey C. Turner ’69
2002 Mr. John H. Pearson, Jr. ’65
2003 Mr. David J. McCusker, Jr. ’80
2004 Mr. P. Edward Krayer ’82
2005 Mr. Schuyler V. Peck ’63
2006 Mr. Edward J. Gibbons, Jr. ’78
2007 Mr. Sheldon G. Caplan ’71
2008 Mr. David L. Elliot ’61
2009 Mr. Steven W. August ’69
2010 Mr. Bruce Marshard ’64
2011 Mr. Kenneth S. Klaus ’73
2014 Brandon J. Wagner ’92