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Alumni Award of Honor

Celebrating our leaders

The Alumni Award of Honor is the highest honor awarded by the College of Charleston Alumni Association. It is presented to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Association or to the College. This was formerly known as the Honorary Life Membership Award. Both alumni and friends of the College are eligible for this award.

2017 Alumni Award of Honor

 Emily Molony Swanson ’89 and Steve D. Swanson ‘89  

Emily and Steve Swanson graduated from the College of Charleston in 1989. Emily majored in biology, and had a successful career as an investigator for the Food and Drug Administration. Steve was a math major and an Honors College graduate. He co-founded Automated Trading Desk and became CEO in 2001. The company was acquired by Citigroup in 2007, and this gave the Swanson’s an opportunity to support philanthropic causes close to their hearts.

Steve had received a full scholarship to attend the Honors College, and the couple felt it was important to give back to the school that had given them so much. In 2012, the Swanson’s gave $2.25 million to the College for Honors College scholarships. This is still the largest alumni gift in the College’s history. The scholarships are used to attract the best and brightest students from across the country to the College of Charleston.

The impact the Swansons have had at the College and in the Charleston community is immeasurable. In 2016, they were named Charleston’s Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. They were recognized for their generosity, exemplary leadership and commitment to encouraging philanthropic leadership in others.  

Alumni Award of Honor Past Recipients

George W. Barnette III '58
Charles J. Baker III '80
Norman A. Chamberlain '09 *
Louis E. Condon '50 *
Sylvester D. Craig '05 *
Alexander C. Dick '15 *
Charlotte Buist Dickson '37 *
Daniel S. Dukes IV '76
Elmina L. Eason '28 *
Emily Molony Swanson '89 and Steve D. Swanson '89
J. Harold Easterby '20 *
James B. Edwards '50 *
Margaret Ehrhardt '67
Yvonne duFort Evans '58
Harry W. Freeman '43 *
Alexander L. Geisenheimer '03 *
Kenneth S. (Gus) Gustafson, Sr. '75
Sylvia Craver Harvey '58
Robert Heffron, Sr. '39 *
William D. Hilton '51
Gedney M. Howe, Jr. '35 *
F. Mitchell Johnson '37 *
Jean Wayland Johnson & Tapley O. Johnson, Jr., FR
John M. Jordan, Jr. '62
John L. Kresse, FR
Edward Kronsberg, FR *
Marie M. Land, FR
Charles L. Latimer, Jr. '44 *
Lionel K. Legge '09 *
Wendell M. Levi '12 *
Harry M. Lightsey, Jr., FR *
Carl J. Likes '37 *
Tony Meyer '49
William V. Moore, FR *
Harold A. Mouzon '13 *
John D. Muller, FR *
J. Robertson Paul '10 *
Edwin S. Pearlstine, Jr., FR
Milly Deas Pinckney '51 *
Bernard F. Puckhaber '50 *
Mary Loretto Croghan Ramsay '42 *
Kitty Gianatos Rentiers '51
Myrtle Craver Riggs '46 * 
G. L. Buist Rivers '16 *
George C. Rogers, Jr. '43 *
John Arthur Siegling '28 *
Mary Geraty Silcox '33 *
Willard A. Silcox '33 *
Willard A. (Billy) Silcox, Jr. '65
Robert Scott Small '36 *
Sam Stafford III '68
Theodore S. Stern, FR *
Gordan B. Stine '44 *
W. Leigh Thompson '57 *
Jane Lucas Thornhill '46
Edward E. Towell '34 *
Elizabeth Jenkins Young '39 * 
John A. Zeigler, Jr., FR *

*Deceased

FR=Friend of the College