Smith Alumni Receive Top University Honors
Every five years, the University of Maryland Alumni Association honors and celebrates
the achievements of 21 individuals who have made their mark on the university or
within their respective industries. The 12th annual Awards Gala, a black-tie event
held at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on April 14, recognized five Smith alumni
for their professional achievements, personal accomplishments and exceptional service.
Robert G. Isaman ’85, former CEO of Stolle Machinery Company LLC, and vice chair
of the Smith School Advisory Board, was honored with the Smith School’s Distinguished
Alumnus Award for his contributions in the field of business.
Cliff ’54 and Camille Kendall, prominent University of Maryland philanthropists
and volunteers, received the Spirit of Maryland Award for embodying the best of
Maryland spirit through their philanthropy, generosity and volunteerism.
Ed Snider ’55, chairman of Comcast Spectacor, a Philadelphia-based sports and
entertainment company that owns the Philadelphia Flyers, received the President’s
Distinguished Alumnus Award for his national achievement in the fields of sports,
business and entertainment as well as his philanthropic contributions to the Philadelphia
Leo Van Munching Jr. ’50, retired president of Van Munching & Company, was honored
with the Tyser Gottwals Award (named for Abram Z. Gottwals and Ralph J. Tyser) for
his significant philanthropy and service as one of the university’s premier benefactors.
Gary Williams ’68, former men's basketball coach and current scholarship campaign
co-chair, received the Athletics Distinguished Alumnus Award for his contributions
to Maryland athletics.