2019 Alumni Award Winners Announced

Join us in celebrating the service and accomplishments of distinguished alumni Steven Guttman ’64, James Snyder ’69, P ’05, Robert Hunter ’59, Joseph Huber ’64, Masroor Ahmed ’99, Bebe Lloyd ’94, and Magdalena Kala ’09. The group of seven will be honored Thursday, June 6, at the Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Recognition Dinner, which is hosted by the Alumni Council and officially kicks off Reunion Weekend 2019.
Class of '32 Award
The Class of '32 Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor the school bestows and is given to an alum who has most distinguished himself or herself through character, service, and achievement.

Steven Guttman '64
Steve graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree and earned his law degree from George Washington University. During an accomplished career as a real estate developer, he served as chairman and CEO of Federal Realty Investment for nearly 25 years and spearheaded shopping districts in Bethesda, Maryland, and Pentagon City, Virginia. Steve was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as the leading Washington-area retail real estate developer from 1982 to 2002.

Steve has served as a board member for the George Washington University Law School, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, and the Miami Art Museum, as well as chairman and president of Export-Import Bank of the United States. An avid art collector, he is founder of Uovo Fine Art Storage and chairman of the Centre Pompidou Foundation, an American-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In 2016, Steve received France’s Civilian Legion of Honour Award, the French government’s highest honor presented to foreigners or French nationals.

During his years at Mercersburg, Steve was a member of the football and swimming teams, Music Appreciation, Jurisprudence Society, The Mercersburg News, Press Club, and Bridge Club. He served on Mercersburg’s Board of Regents from 1992 to 1995 and as a member of his 45th and 50th reunion committees. Steve and his wife, Kathleen, have established the Kathleen and Steven Guttman ’64 Family Scholars Endowed Fund to supports Mercersburg students with exceptional academic ability whose families qualify for full need-based financial aid. The couple lives in Miami Beach, Florida.

James Snyder '69, P '05
James is a 1973 graduate of Harvard University and a Loeb Fellow of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He spent 22 years at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, serving as deputy director from 1986 to 1996. In 1997, he was appointed director of The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, a position he held for 20 years, during which he oversaw the renewal of the Museum’s 600,000-square-foot facility and 20-acre campus and elevated its stature as one of the world’s foremost museums. In 2017 he was appointed director emeritus and assumed the newly created role of international president for the museum’s worldwide activities.

In recognition of his leadership in the arts, James has been awarded the Commendatore dell’Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana (Commander of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity) by the Republic of Italy and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) of the French Republic. In 2011, he was awarded the Jerusalem Foundation’s Teddy Kollek Award for Significant Contribution to Jerusalem, and, in 2012, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat conferred on him the title of Honorary Citizen of Jerusalem.

James was valedictorian of his Mercersburg class, editor-in-chief of The Mercersburg News, and a member of The Fifteen, Jurisprudence Society, Spanish Club, Glee Club, Assembly, Concert Band, and Football Marching Band. He served on Mercersburg’s Board of Regents from 1983 to 2013, received the Alumni Council Achievement Award in 2004, and gave the Commencement address to his son Daniel’s graduating class in 2005. James and his wife, Tina, live in Pound Ridge, New York.

Alumni Council Medal for Distinguished Achievement
Established in 1997, this award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professional or personal lives and, in doing so, have brought honor to Mercersburg.

Robert Hunter '59
Bob graduated from Grove City College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has enjoyed a successful career in commercial transportation sales and leasing. He is currently president of Hunter Services and has served as president of Hunter’s Truck Sales and Service, Hunter Keystone Peterbilt, Hunter Idealease, and Hunter Truck Center. He has been twice recognized as Pennsylvania Truck Dealers dealer of the year and was a finalist for Businessweek magazine’s truck dealer of the year. He has also received numerous awards from Peterbilt and was recognized as the American Truck Dealers’ national dealer of the year.

Bob was a member of the United States Army Reserve for seven years and has served as board chairman of Idealease of North America, the Truck Rental and Leasing Association, the Pennsylvania Truck Dealers Association, and the Moniteau School District. He was also a board member of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association Foundation, Farmers National Bank of Emlenton (PA), and Butler Memorial Hospital Foundation and has been involved with the Boy Scouts, Butler Industrial Authority, Butler Area Chamber of Commerce, and Eau Claire Volunteer Fire Department.

While at Mercersburg, Bob was Class Marshall, a Senior Club officer, and a member of the varsity soccer team and El Circulo Español. He has served as an event host committee member for Mercersburg and is chair of his 60th reunion committee. Bob and his wife, Gail, are benefactors of the Gail and Robert Hunter ’59 Endowed Fund and live in Butler, Pennsylvania.

Alumni Council Medal for Distinguished Service
Established in 1957, this award recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions toward Mercersburg's mission and continued excellence at the school, as reflected in its faculty, student body, facilities, and financial strength.

Joseph Huber '64
Joe graduated from Lafayette College with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and earned his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. During his career in financial services, he worked at White, Weld, and Co. and later became managing director of Credit Suisse First Boston. He was also an advisor and portfolio manager for the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency.

Joe serves on the boards of the Lenfest Foundation (vice chair), Lenfest Scholars Foundation (chair), Vanguard Canadian IRC, Bayshore Center at Bivalve, and Foster Holdings. He is a former board member of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and Vanguard Charitable.

As a student at Mercersburg, Joe was a Chapel Usher, basketball manager, and member of the Orientation Committee, Blue Key, Engineering Club, Chess Club, Electronics Club, Projection Crew, and KARUX. He served on Mercersburg’s Board of Regents from 1979 to 1985 and 1999 to 2008, and continues to serve on the Investment Committee. He also chaired his 50th reunion committee and has served as an event host committee member and class agent. Joe and his wife, Louise, have established the Joseph F. Huber ’64 Department Chair of Mathematics Endowed Fund. The couple lives in Vero Beach, Florida.

Alumni Council Prize for Achievement
Established in 2016, this award recognizes alumni within 25 years after graduation who have distinguished themselves in their professional or personal lives and, in doing so, have brought honor to Mercersburg.

Masroor Ahmed '99
Masroor graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and completed executive education coursework at Columbia Business School. He is currently chief financial officer for Maelle Beauty in Chicago and previously worked as vice president of finance for a software company, Jellyvision.

Earlier in his career, Masroor worked in the audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers and as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank. He also formerly volunteered as a board member and chief financial officer for Ta’leef Collective, a nonprofit organization dedicated to spiritual education for youth and young families.

As a student at Mercersburg, Masroor was a dorm prefect in Fowle Hall and a varsity lacrosse and basketball player. He is a member of his 20th reunion committee and has served as a volunteer for Mercersburg event host committees and for the MAPS senior capstone program. Masroor, his wife Suroor Raheemullah, and their three daughters live in Chicago.

Alumni Council Prize for Service
Established in 2016, this award recognizes alumni within 25 years after graduation who have made outstanding contributions toward Mercersburg's mission and continued excellence at the school, as reflected in its faculty, student body, facilities, and financial strength.

Beatrice Lloyd '94
Bebe received a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College and completed a master’s degree in education from the University of Michigan. She spent more than a decade working in secondary education in Michigan and Vermont as a high school chemistry and general science teacher and as a boys’ and girls’ diving coach and middle school cross country coach. Bebe has remained active in education as a volunteer at her children’s schools and continues to nurture a love for the water as a swimming instructor.

While at Mercersburg, Bebe was a student ambassador, editor-in-chief of the KARUX, a library proctor, and a member of the varsity track & field, cross country, tennis, and swimming and diving teams, Stony Batter, Inbound, School Council, Discipline Committee, Big Friends, and Student Programs Council. She chaired her 20th reunion committee and is chair of her 25th; she has also volunteered as a class agent and an event host committee member. Bebe and her son and daughter live in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 

Young Alumni Leadership Award
Established in 2016, this award recognizes alumni within 15 years after graduation whose achievements have demonstrated excellence in his or her profession and service to his or her community, the public, humanity, or Mercersburg, embodying the values, spirit, and pride of the school.

Magdalena Kala '09
Magdalena graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and earned an MBA from Stanford University, where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar. She is a vice president of consumer, retail, and restaurant investing at Bain Capital and an angel investor in consumer startups.

Magdalena was valedictorian of her Mercersburg class, a dorm prefect, and a member of Cum Laude, The Fifteen, The Mercersburg News, and the varsity squash team. She also received the Robert H. Michelet Scholarship Prize, the President’s Education Award, and the Community Service Award. Magdalena served on the Board of Regents from 2015 to 2018 and has been a Mercersburg event host committee member and an Annual Fund volunteer. She lives in Boston.

At the June 6 Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Recognition Dinner, Mercersburg will also recognize a number of faculty and staff honorees. Look for more information in future issues of Alumni News, and see the complete Reunion Weekend schedule.
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