The Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society

The Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership in raising gifts to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.

On April 3, 2014, three new members were inducted into the Mandel Society:

Roger Baumann ’83

Roger Baumann is the man with a plan—his meticulous participation strategy for his 30th reunion inspired record numbers of ’83s (61 percent!) to give, and set the standard for future classes. Dogged, dynamic, he’s a number cruncher who gets relationships. He knows even a small contribution is an emotional vote for Dartmouth, so he cultivates classmates with careful love, just as he tends the fragile corals in the saltwater tank he maintains in his Manhattan home. And he’s always ready to invoke an inspiring quote. To paraphrase Kipling: he keeps his head when all about him are losing theirs, trusts himself when others doubt, and fills each “minute with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run.” In short: he’s a true Dartmouth man. With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes Roger Baumann ’83 into the Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.


Catherine Craighead Briggs ’88

Give Catherine Craighead Briggs a challenge and step aside: her compeers call her the Annie Oakley of fundraising, able to sharpshoot targets with uncanny accuracy and make the extraordinary look easy. Write 500 personal notes to old friends and classmates to reconnect them with Dartmouth? No problem. Lead the Class of 1988 to raise more than $5 million for its 25th reunion? Child’s play. Break the All-Ivy reunion record by inspiring almost 80 percent of ’88s to participate—and beat Princeton in the process? Piece of cake. Multitasker and mentor, daughter of Dartmouth and devoted mother, philanthropist, and friend: CCB wears every hat like a tiara, tackles every project like a pro, and lights up every room with her charismatic radiance. With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes Catherine Craighead Briggs ’88 into the Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.


Sheldon Woolf ’54

In black derby hat and freshman football sweater, Sheldon Woolf sold white buck shoes to stylish men of Dartmouth—earning enough to buy the ring he gave his sweetheart, Betty Ann, in 1954. Classmates say Woolfie’s Whites “were the rage of campus, and so was he”—and to this day, what ’54 can refuse him? This Barnstable fisherman prizes two catches: striped bass and Dartmouth College Fund gifts, and he’s not afraid to shake things up to reel them in. His head agent run—five years, setting records above all other classes, with participation in the 80s and 90s—will be virtually impossible to replicate. Unless you’re Shel. Extraordinary leader, he’s done it by living up to the same high expectations he sets for his team. With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes Sheldon Woolf ’54 into the Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.

 

Past Inductees

 

Leslie Embs Bradford ’77

Even among the powerful women and men of ’77, Leslie Bradford shines. This fearless, fun-loving friend from One Occom Ridge (via Texas) is all-in for Dartmouth. She’s a pioneer—some say Superwoman—who’s led from Hanover to Wall Street, raising a Dartmouth-green family while building a stellar career. Strategist and listener, wearer of many hats (all stylish, to be sure), she has high standards, but no high horse: if you have a “D” near your name, you’re in her club. No job’s too small or too large, from class agent to chair of the Parents and Grandparents Fund, and her follow-through is legendary, in solicitations as on the golf course. She never hogs the limelight—though she’s earned it. With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes Leslie Embs Bradford ’77 into the Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.


David B. Edelson ’81

As a sophomore, David Edelson received a citation in Math 3 for showing “most impressive work” in a class of 120 students. As an alumnus he has been equally impressive, volunteering for Dartmouth for 30 years, most recently as his 30th reunion giving co-chair. In deference to David’s irrepressible sense of humor and love of limericks, a tribute:

A strong-arming charmer named Dave,
Did something both wondrous and brave:
He raised three million dollars
from 600* scholars,
Give a rah! Give a rouse! Give a rave!

*well, officially 578
With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes David Bick Edelson ’81 into the Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.


Richard M. Page ’54 H’04

John Sloan Dickey told the Class of 1954, “I do believe there is a grace in the universe which stands with men who face front.” If ever a Dartmouth man “faced front,” it’s Dick Page. Dartmouth transformed him, and he’s transformed it right back, with tough-minded honesty, inventive problem solving, and unconditional love. The feeling is mutual. Awesome mentor, lifelong volunteer, philanthropic role model, he puts his hand up for what needs doing, serving Dartmouth as trustee, chair of the Will to Excel Campaign, chair of the board of DHMC, class president. He’s traveled incalculable miles on Dartmouth’s behalf, led classmates to a standout 50th reunion—the list goes on—with humility and, yes, grace. With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes Richard Morton Page ’54 into the Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.


Elizabeth Deming Dauten ’79

Dartmouth has always been Liz Dauten’s home, from her childhood weekends cheering Big Green teams to the emotional day her father dropped her off at North Fairweather, his old dorm, at the start of her first year. Unpretentious, but never shy about making her views known (especially to one studious junior in Dartmouth Hall named Kent), her attention to detail and joyful celebration of others as co-chair of the Dartmouth College Fund Committee have helped the Fund break two consecutive dollar records in tough economic times. With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes Elizabeth Deming Dauten ’79 into The Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.


Kent P. Dauten ’77

At Dartmouth he was a Forensic Union star. His persuasive debate skills have served him brilliantly—along with a number of props, including big rubber ears and a Pinocchio nose—as co-chair of the Dartmouth College Fund Committee. With partner Liz, he set a strategy that has helped the Fund break two consecutive dollar records in tough economic times. He’s a forward-looking problem-solver, always pushing to get things done, yet always crediting others and never trumpeting his own accomplishments. Be warned, though! He still loves a good practical joke. With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes Kent P. Dauten ’77 into The Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.


James R. Adler ’60 Tu’61

A Dartmouth survey once asked Jim Adler for a contact who could always reach him. Jim wrote, “Don’t worry, you’ll never lose me.” Dartmouth never has. Jim has held every job in his class, helping to expand the 1960’s Magnificent Eight volunteer team into a Dirty Dozen and beyond. His efforts led to a record-breaking 50th reunion gift. Like the College he loves, Jim is himself an Upper Valley institution, a community leader at once generous, genuine, gracious. With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes James Adler ’60 Tu’61 into The Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.


Elizabeth Leggat ’82

Let’s tell it like it is, because that’s what Betsy Leggat would do. Who else would say of a well-heeled classmate, “I wouldn’t know him in a party of two,” then pick up the phone and make the big ask? To her fellow 25th reunion volunteers Betsy was the consummate organizer. Focused, fearless, and relentlessly positive. Her trademark “gentle reminders” kept everyone on task, enabling the ’82s to soar past their ambitious goals for participation and dollars raised. With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes Elizabeth Leggat ’82 into The Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.


Michael R. McClintock ’80

A Midwesterner with Big Apple energy and a Harvard MBA, Mike McClintock carries two Blackberries, yet scribbles notes on scraps of paper stuffed into his breast pocket. Classmates call him the Clark Kent of alumni volunteers, whose dedication, integrity, and courage have made him a fundraising Superman. Checking in daily with staff and volunteers in the run up to their 30th, he helped push his Class of 1980 to a new 30th reunion record. With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes Michael McClintock ’80 into The Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund


Elizabeth Mahoney Loughlin ’89

You would think a sprained ankle on the first night of her Dartmouth Outing Club trip would dampen Ellie Mahoney Loughlin’s enthusiasm for Dartmouth. But even then, her concern was for fellow trippees. The “consummate Dartmouth citizen” in a class of leaders, Ellie shines—joining calls from far-flung time zones, sending e-mails at all hours encouraging ’89s to serve their College. As class president, she worked tirelessly to see the ’89s shatter the 20th reunion record. With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes Ellie Mahoney Loughlin ’89 into The Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.


Donald F. O’Neill ’61

“At an early age, I found defeat very hard to take,” wrote Don O’Neill in his application essay. He still won’t take no for an answer. Fellow ’61s remember him at his 45th reunion, asking classmates for second and third gifts pledged on paper scraps even as class leaders handed President Wright their gift check. As co-head agent, he was a strategist, bringing others into the fold, recruiting volunteers, keeping conference calls on task, pushing the ’61s to reach their full potential. With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes Don O’Neill ’61 into The Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.


Charles C. Reilly ’53 Tu’54

When he’s not playing tennis, mentoring student-athletes, or hosting post-Big Green football game parties for his classmates, Chuck Reilly, “the center of all ’53 activities in the Upper Valley,” can be found encouraging fellow ’53s to do even more for Dartmouth. He is part coach, part financial wizard, and his loyalty to his alma mater is contagious. His dedication is reflected in the 55th reunion record, with Chuck as co-head agent: $1,000,006 and 67.1 percent participation. With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes Chuck Reilly ’53 into The Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.


Gershen M. Abraham ’58 Tu’59

In recent years Gershen M. Abraham has biked hundreds of miles to raise money for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. With similar purpose he led his beloved Class of 1958 as head agent to five consecutive participation records, including a 50th-reunion record of 97.5 percent participation, and a giving record of $3,585,858. In reaching out to classmates, Gersh recognized that some are suffering and alone, and so helped create a classwide support network. His is truly a service of love. With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes Gershen M. Abraham ’58 into The Steve Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.


Bruce D. Miller ’74

In 1974, Bruce D. Miller graduated from Dartmouth summa cum laude, elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. Bruce has remarked with customary humor that the College “couldn’t wait to get rid of me.” To the contrary, Dartmouth is enriched by his counsel and philosophy of “achieve your best and have fun doing it,” which he has followed in leading classmates to the greatest single-year participation increase in Dartmouth history (from 50 to 72 percent) and sustained giving thereafter. With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes Bruce D. Miller ’74 into The Steve Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.


Peggy Epstein Tanner ’79

As a child attending her father’s 20th-reunion, Peggy Epstein Tanner urged President Dickey to admit women to Dartmouth. Five years later the College did, and three years after that Peggy enrolled. As an undergraduate, she lent her prodigious energy to virtually every aspect of campus life. As an alumna, she is without peer in her service to her alma mater, leading by example and inspiring her classmates to win seven consecutive participation awards. With great gratitude Dartmouth welcomes Peggy Epstein Tanner ’79 into The Steve Mandel ’52 Society, which recognizes alumni volunteers who provide visionary leadership to Dartmouth through the Dartmouth College Fund.