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Distinguished Merit Award

Recognizing Brothers' Professional Achievements

The Fraternity's second oldest award for individual alumni is the Distinguished Merit Award. It may be presented to no more than ten brothers per year in recognition of exceptional achievement and distinction in the brother's profession or vocation. The award was established by the Grand Council in 1950. Nominations for the Distinguished Merit Award are due on April 15 each year. Below is a complete list of the Distinguished Merit Award recipients.

2016 Distinguished Merit Recipient

Name: Peter Fuss
Chapter Designation: Theta Chapter
College and Initiation: Michigan '54
Hometown: Morrisville, VT

 


Peter Fuss began his career at Bell Laboratories, where he headed the development of digital signal processor systems for submarine detection, and later managed the development of operating system software and processor hardware. After 19 years he joined Teletype Corporation, where he was Director of Research and Development. He led the development of electronic terminal systems, VLSI, and software.

Peter holds ten patents, primarily in the area of digital signal processing. He came up with one of the first real time fast fourier transforms to do submarine detection.

He has served on the boards of several technology companies, including Mechatronic Labs, Pulse Data Inc., Terrapoint Inc., and Geomagic Inc. He is a special consultant and former executive vice president of technology at Batterson Cross Zakin Venture Partners.



Past Distinguished Merit Award Recipients

2015: Steven T. Brown, Penn State '55
2014: John Mickowski, Stevens Tech '64
2013: Dr. Robert Gardner, Westminster '54
2012: Michael Halloran, UC-Berkeley '59
2011: Arthur Keys, Bethany '64
2010: George Trubow, Michigan '53
2009: Willard Scott, American '53
2008: Ratan Tata, Cornell '56
2007: Stan Thurston, Iowa State '66
2006: Samuel Bodman, Cornell '57
2005: Frank Wolf, Penn State '60
2004: Thomas Hinkley, Indiana '84
2003: Dr. James Mongan, UC-Berkeley '60
2002: Michael Anthony, Westminster '75
2001: Warren Buffett, Pennsylvania '48
2000: Richard Ross, Iowa State '54
1999: Ronald Dollens, Purdue '65
1998: Horace Kornegay, Wake Forest '42
1997: Fitz Dixon, Widener '73
1996: Robert Wells, Ohio Wesleyan '57
1995: John Kasich, Ohio State '73
1994: John Trutter, Illinois '39
1993: C. Everett Koop, Dartmouth '34
1992: John Kauffman, Purdue '43
1991: John Zamparelli, Tufts '47
1990: Robert Sheehan, Westminster '76
1989: James Caldwell, Rensselaer '55
1988: Hon. Andrew Douglas, Toledo '51
1987: William Hutchinson, Washington '29
1985: Ross Swimmer, Oklahoma '62
1984: John Savage, Toledo '51

 

 ecipient List

1983: Warren Hanna, Minnesota '18
1982: Robert Sheen, Lehigh '30
1981: William Norris, Nebraska '29
1980: Bradford Corbett, Wagner '58
1976: Ralph Burns, Ohio Wesleyan '32
1975: Charles Schaeffer, Penn State '30
1973: Robert Howsam, Colorado '38
1972: Howard Reeder, Iowa '26
1971: James Allen, Alabama '30
1970: Elliot Ludvigsen, Minnesota '22
1969: Joseph Lanterman, Illinois '34
1968: Miles York, UC-Berkeley '19
1967: Paul Cupp, Pennsylvania '21
1965: Paul Herbert, Ohio State '09
1964: Vincent Price, Yale '30
1963: Charles Beeghly, Ohio Wesleyan '27
1962: Owen Wangensteen, Minnesota '17
1961: John Merrill, Wisconsin '15
1960: Austin Cushman, UC-Berkeley '21
1959: Dr. Winfred Overholser, Harvard '12
1957: Paul Davies, UC-Berkeley '17
1956: Ralph Follis, UC-Berkeley '19
1955: Dr. Wilbur Cramblet, Yale '12
1954: James Morrill, Ohio State '11
1953: William Mullendore, Michigan '12
1952: Arthur Flemming, Ohio Wesleyan '24
1951: Robert Wilson, Jr., Harvard '12
1950: Ralph Damon, Harvard '16

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