Alumni Association & Awards

The Alumni Association of Western Reserve Academy is composed of every former student, including those who may have only attended WRA for one year. There are no membership fees or dues. The Alumni Association is headed by the Alumni Association Board (AAB). The overall mission of the AAB is to foster awareness, participation, relationships and opportunities within our community of current students, alumni, parents, prospective WRA families and friends.

For more information about how to become involved in WRA's Alumni Association, please contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving Abbey Swegan Baker '94 at bakera@wra.net or 330-650-5807 or nominate an AAB member by completing this form.

According to the written constitution of the Alumni Association, the purpose of the Board is to:

  • Provide national and international opportunities for alumni engagement
  • Create community awareness of WRA values and tradition of academic excellence
  • Serve as ambassadors of the school, promoting the value of the WRA experience
  • Educate current students on the importance of networking, and post-graduation opportunities.
  • Enhance opportunities for participation in activities and fundraising that will support the future success of the school

WRA’s Alumni Association is a vast and diverse group, stretching around the world. More than 5,000 members of the Alumni Association are a remarkable group of men and women.

Being a member of the Alumni Association means that you are entitled to a number of benefits, including:

  • Automatic subscription to the WRA Magazine
  • Access to the WRA Mobile App and Alumni online Directory
  • Invitations to special events both on and off campus
  • Eligibility for membership in a number of recognition societies
  • The ability to submit class notes

Alumni are also eligible for the following Alumni Awards:

Alumni Association Award

Originating in 1982, the Alumni Association Award is presented annually to an alumnus or alumna "who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to Reserve." It is the Alumni Association's highest honor.

The award primarily recognizes significant volunteer work on behalf of the school. Although fundraising activities are not a focus of the evaluation process, recipients have often been involved in many of the activities raising money requires (The WRA Fund chair, capital campaigns or Reunion).

To nominate an alumnus or an alumna for the Alumni Association Award, please complete and submit the nomination form. If you have any questions, please contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving Abbey Swegan Baker '94 at bakera@wra.net.

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS:

  • 2015-16 | William F. Roemer '51
  • 2014-15 | Carl R. Apthorp '50, Walter F. Miner '49, Charles E. Mullins '65
  • 2013-14 | John M. Fowler '67
  • 2012-13 | Harrison “Hub” Bubb ’57
  • 2011-12 | Charles Hammel '65
  • 2010-11 | Donovan D. Husat '64
  • 2009-10 | Dr. John Kirk '56
  • 2008-09 | Fred A. Cummings '85
  • 2007-08 | Holsey Gates Handyside '45
  • 2006-07 | T. Dixon Long '51
  • 2005-06 | David M. Hunter '68
  • 2004-05 | Dagmar Fleischmann Fellowes '75
  • 2003-04 | Jefferson W. Keener Jr. '50
  • 2002-03 | James Gramentine '52
  • 2001-02 | Mary Katherine Ong-Landini '83
  • 2000-01 | Class of 1950-2000 Club, Inc.
  • 1999-00 | Jack Theibert '40
  • 1998-99 | Stephan Cole '66, Sid Kaplan '58
  • 1997-98 | Robert Hirshberg '36, David M. Hildreth '35
  • 1996-97 | Ralph Harding '38
  • 1995-96 | Rudolph Garfield '46
  • 1994-95 | Martin Hauser '71
  • 1993-94 | Bruce Rogers '47
  • 1992-93 | Baxter Fullerton '32, James Milholland '40
  • 1991-92 | William Laub '46
  • 1990-91 | David Warshawsky '51
  • 1989-90 | James Stevenson '43
  • 1988-89 | Ada Cooper Miller '24
  • 1987-88 | No Recipient
  • 1986-87 | No Recipient
  • 1985-86 | Robert Gulick '34, Kenneth Goldsmith '43. Jacob Brown '48, Philip Kennedy '50, Karl Limbach '50, George Limbach '51, William Jastromb '57, Jonathan Newman '61, John Kaufman '68
  • 1984-85 | No Recipient
  • 1983-84 | William Danforth '34
  • 1982-83 | No Recipient
  • 1981-82 | Class of 1932

Morley Science Medal

Established in 2003, the Morley Science Medal is named for Edward W. Morley, who was a faculty member at Western Reserve College from 1869 to 1906 and is best known for his role in the landmark Michelson-Morley Experiment in 1887, which attempted to measure the velocity of the earth and the speed of light, an experiment that paved the way for Einstein’s theory of relativity. Morley was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1902.

The Morley Science Medal is awarded to an alumnus or an alumna of Western Reserve Academy for scientific attainment. Through a particular achievement, a series of achievements or a career of noteworthy accomplishments, medal recipients have made a significant contribution to a field of basic or applied science, or to the application of science, technology or engineering to the improvement of the human condition. Selecting a recipient is the job of the Morley Science Medal Committee:

To nominate an alumnus or an alumna for the Morley Science Medal, please complete and submit the nomination form. If you have questions about the nomination process or timeframe, please contact please contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving Abbey Swegan Baker '94.

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS:

  • 2015-16 | Richard P. Van Berg '60

  • 2014-15 | Dr. Glenn D. Stone '72
  • 2013-14 | Dr. W. Brechner Owens '64
  • 2012-13 | Dr. Jean Frazier ’77
  • 2011-12 | Dr. Andre Clewell '52
  • 2010-11 | Dr. Paul D. Sniegowski '77
  • 2009-10 | Dr. William E. Crisp Jr. '43
  • 2008-09 | Dr. William W. Shilts '59
  • 2007-08 | Dr. Robert Wilson '65
  • 2006-07 | Dr. Barbara Chapman '80
  • 2005-06 | Dr. Robert S. McCuskey '56
  • 2004-05 | Dr. James Manwell '65
  • 2003-04 | Dr. Michael McCally ’52
  • 2002-03 | Dr. K. Frank Austen ’46, Dr. W. Gerald Austen ’47, Dr. John T. Mickel ’52, Dr. William H. Durham ’69, Capt. Lee M. E. Morin (USN) ’70, Dr. Kathryn I Clark ’76, Dr. Roland K. Strong ’80

The Morley Science Medal Committee must choose from a pool of immensely talented and dynamic candidates. Committee membership consists of six alumni and three faculty and each committee member serves a three-year appointment. Below is a listing of current committee members:

Dr. Jean Frazier '77 Dr. Jhumku Dutt Kohtz '79
Mr. Charles Mullins '65Dr. Breck Owens '64
Mrs. Carrie Miller Smith '91 Dr. Christopher Wren '89

Waring Prize

Established in 1972 to honor faculty master J. Frederick Waring, the Waring Prize is awarded to "an alumnus or alumna of Western Reserve Academy who, by his or her way of life and achievements, whether at the beginning, middle or near the end of his or her career, represents the human and individual values the Academy strives to foster, as well as the many graduates known or unknown who have similarly made their contribution to society." Past recipients include alumni from various walks of life including poets, educators, scientists, writers and clergy.

If you would like to nominate an alumnus or alumna for the Waring Prize, you may do so at any time by using the Waring Prize Nomination Form to submit your candidate. If you have questions about the selection process or timeframe, please contact Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving Abbey Swegan Baker '94 at bakera@wra.net.

  • 2016 | Sara S. Wroblewski '09 - Owner, One Bead
  • 2015 | Meredith Broadbent '77 - Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission
  • 2014 | John Hewko '75 - General Secretary, Rotary International
  • 2013 | No Selection

  • 2012 | Theodore S. Gup '68 - Professor, author
  • 2011 | James B. Hurlock ‘51 - International lawyer, pioneer, humanitarian
  • 2010 | Dr. John McDonald '77 Professor, musician, composer
  • 2009 | Andrew "Sandy" B. Meldrum '70 - Journalist
  • 2008 | Colin Bradford ’57 - Global economist
  • 2007 | S. Duncan Hill '73 - Founder, Uganda Orphans Fund
  • 2006 | Anne Campbell Goodman '84 - Anti-Hunger Activist
  • 2005 | Bancroft R. Poor '74 - Environmentalist
  • 2004 | Richard D. Geyer '73 - Economic redeveloper
  • 2003 | Rudolph H. Garfield '46 - Businessman, philanthropist
  • 2002 | Theodore H. Moran '61 - Educator, researcher
  • 2001 | James Robertson '55 - U.S. District Court judge
  • 2000 | Kathryn I. Clark '76 - Space scientist
  • 1999 | William Z. Potter '62 - Psychopharmacologist
  • 1998I | an A. Frazier '69 - Non-fiction writer
  • 1997 | Frederick C. Danforth '68 - Pewterer, businessman
  • 1996 | Verne R. Read '40 - Philanthropist
  • 1995 | Joseph H. Millar IV '62 - Poet
  • 1994 | Lee M. Morin '70 - Physician, computer scientist
  • 1993 | Hilary G. Worthen '65 - Physician
  • 1992 | Edward J. Pope '37 - International business leader
  • 1991 | Tien Wei Yang '41 - Educator, researcher
  • 1990 | Daniel W. Christman '61 - Military leader
  • 1989 | Bryant Whitman Dennison '39 - Clergyman
  • 1988 | No Selection
  • 1987 | W. Gerald Austen '47- Research scientist, immunologist; K. Frank Austen '46 - Cardiologist, surgeon, professor
  • 1986 | Joel B. Hayden Jr. '39 - Independent school founder
  • 1985 | No Selection

  • 1984 | Norman H. Moore '34 - Engineer, entrepreneur
  • 1983 | No Selection
  • 1982 | John B. Shaw '40 - Dramatist, Shakespeare professor
  • 1981 | Robert J. Izant Jr. '39 - Pediatric surgeon, professor
  • 1980 | E. Bruce Brooks '54 - History professor, musician, Orientalist
  • 1979 | No Selection

  • 1978 | Edward W. Jones '47 - Bishop
  • 1977 | Holsey Gates Handyside '45 - Statesman
  • 1976 | R. W. Apple Jr. '52 - Journalist
  • 1975 | No Selection

  • 1974 | Scott E. Forbush '20 - Physicist
  • 1973 | John H. Stewart '58 - Tenor
  • 1972 | Richard H. Bliss '38 - Headmaster

The Waring Prize Committee and the selection process. Selecting a prize recipient is the job of the Waring Prize Committee. Comprised of 12 alumni and two faculty, the committee must choose just one person from a pool of immensely talented and dynamic candidates. Committee membership rotates on a two-, three-, and four-year basis, with a certain percentage of the membership turning over at designated intervals. Below is a listing of current committee members:

Mrs. Kim Hasbrouck Barsella '84 Mrs. Priscilla Vail Caldwell '81
Mr. Howard Coffin II '57 Miss Menna Demessie '98
Mrs. Erin Dickinson '99 Ms. C. Elise Glenn '77
Ms. Annetta Hewko '78 Mr. Donovan Husat '64
Mr. Robert Oldfield III '77 Mr. Thomas Seligson '69
Mr. Steven Simons '64 Mr. Ritchie Thomas '54
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