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Outstanding alumni to be honored with Dean’s Awards
Syracuse University’s schools and colleges will honor outstanding alumni with Dean’s Awards during Reunion Weekend. The awards recognize alumni who have demonstrated service and loyalty to their home colleges and the University, and those who have excelled in their chosen professions. The presentations will be made during various events hosted by the deans on June 1.
The School of Architecture will present a Dean’s Outstanding Alumni Award to Russell A. King ’52, partner in King & King Architects of Manlius, N.Y. Founded in 1868 by Archimedes Russell, King & King Architects is the oldest firm in New York state.
Russell King, now retired, is the third of four generations of King family members to run the firm. His sons, James and Peter, both 1977 graduates of SU’s School of Architecture, are the fourth generation to run the firm.
Among the firm’s projects at Syracuse University are the E.S. Bird Library, the Huntington Beard Crouse building, Manley Field House and the Heroy Geology building.
The College of Arts and Sciences will present the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Rick Dobbis ’70 of Armonk, N.Y., president of Sony Music International in New York City, where he assists the chairman in managing Sony Music International’s worldwide network of subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensees.
Dobbis has served as a member of the board for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and as a member of the organization’s European board’s executive committee. While at SU, he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon.
The College of Human Services and Health Professions will present three awards: a Nursing alumni award to Kay Brown Buschle ’57, G’62. a Human Development alumni award to Lois Schroeder G’75, Ph.D. ’79; a Social Work Alumni Award to Ruth Edna Dunkle ’73 and
Buschle received a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1957 and a master’s degree in nursing education in 1962. She joined the SU faculty in 1972 as an assistant professor and retired in 1994 as an associate professor emerita.
She specialized in adult health nursing, medical-surgical nursing, chronic care nursing, cancer nursing and well-elderly care. In the former College of Nursing, she served as chair of the Student Life committee, the Dean’s Executive Committee and the Student Progress Committee. She received the Barbara Narrow Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1993.
Within the University community, she served as a University senator for seven years, a member of the Senate Athletic Policy Committee and the Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure.
She is author of several journal articles on pain and breast cancer, and co-authored “Fundamentals of Nursing Practice” (Wiley and Sons, 1982 and 1987).
Dunkle received her master of social work degree in 1973 from Syracuse University. She had received her baccalaureate degree here in 1969 in child and family studies and followed her MSW with a Ph.D. in Social Science in 1978 from the Maxwell School.
Currently she is a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan and also director of the joint program in social work and social science. From 1987 until 1991, she was the associate dean at the School of Social Work. She had taught previously at San Diego State University (1976-78) and Case Western Reserve University (1978-1986).
She has served for more than 10 years on the board of visitors for the Social Work Program, formerly the School of Social Work.
Schroeder is former dean of the College for Human Development and emerita professor of nutrition. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nutrition from SU in 1975 and 1979, respectively. She received her B.S. in food and nutrition from the University of Akron in 1956.
Schroeder was director of the coordinated program for clinical nutrition specialists, starting in 1988, and was named associate dean in the College for Human Development in 1995.
She was inducted as an honorary member of the Golden Key Honor Society in 2001. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, the Society for Nutrition Education, the Council on Renal Nutrition and the ADA’s Practice Group for Dietitians in Critical Care.
The L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science will present a Dean’s Outstanding Alumni Award to John Brogard, ’62 (civil engineering).
Brogard, an employee of the New York City Environmental Protection Agency office, is an avid supporter of the University. He is involved in Lubin House and in numerous campus activities.
Also during Alumni Weekend, the Syracuse University Superintendent’s Alumni Association (SUSAA) in the School of Education will present two awards. John Ramin ’01 will receive the Franklin S. Barry Award in recognition of his outstanding student portfolio. Ramin received a certificate of advanced study in educational leadership last year. Barry was a teach, administrator and mentor to teachers.
Rose Ranger-Darby, a graduate student who is currently pursuing her certificate of advanced study in educational leadership, will receive the Lansing G. Baker Award. Baker is a former teacher, administrator, and former senior vice president of university relations at SU.
The awards will be presented by Charles Read, superintendent of the Cazenovia Central School District, at a breakfast on June 1.