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Alumni of Distinction

Established in 1956, the Alumnus of Distinction award is the academy's highest honor and is given to an alumnus "in recognition of success or renown in a particular field of endeavor whose accomplishments have reflected creditably upon himself and the personnel or institutions associated with him."

2010 Stanley Holuba '64
Co-Owner, COO, Stanson Corporation
2006 Eduardo deVeer '60
President, Meta Corporation
 2005 Gene Schiavone '63
Founder & Owner, Financial Underwriters Network
 2004 Erwin H. Ezzes '34
Former President & CEO, United Artists Television
 2003 Robert H. Benmosche '62
Chairman of the Board & CEO, Metlife, Inc.
 2002 Robert P. Stiller '61
President & CEO, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.
 2001 Tarky J. Lombardi, Jr. '47
New York State Senator, 1965-1992
2000 Stephen Sondheim '46
Composer, lyricist
 1999 John A. "Johnny" Mandel '44
Composer arranger, musician, Academy Award winner
 1998 Donald J. Trump '64
President, Chairman and CEO, The Trump Organization
1990 Anthony F. "Ace" Castellano '43
NYMA Commandant, Deputy for Alumni Affairs
Deputy Superintendent
1988 Eugene L. Dinallo, '47
Former business executive, municipal judge
Past President, NYMA Board of Trustees
1980 John F. Inganamort '48
Partner, Mediterranean Towers
1980 John J. Brunetti, Sr. '48
President, The Brunetti Organization
Past President, NYMA Board of Trustees
 1976 Robert H. Loughborough '14
Distinguished soldier, insurance executive, manufacturer
President, NYMA Alumni Association, 1929
 1970 Louis P. Leone '18
First full-time NYMA Director of Alumni Affairs, 1962-1966
Chairman, NYMA Board of Governors, 1967-1969
 1968 Robert de Jesus Toro '36
Banker, businessman, educator
 1966 Lester R. "Les" Brown '32
Musician, composer, arranger
Founder & Conductor of the Les Brown Band
 1965 Henry E. Greene '21
Partner, Peak, Marwick, Mitchell & Co.
Cadet First Captain, 1921
 1964 MG Robert B. McClure '15
United States Army
Combat leader, World War I, World War II, Korean War
Cadet First Captain, 1915
 1964 Adolfo V. Midence '14
President, Bank of Honduras, C. A.
1964 Donald S. Walker '20
Past President. U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association
1963 Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. '37
Philanthropist, businessman, state senator
Past President, Becton-Dickinson & Co.
New Jersey State Senator, 1968-1971
Former member, NYMA Board of Trustees
1963 Harold F. Linder '17
President & Chairman of the Board,
Export-Import Bank of Washington, 1961-1968
U.S. Ambassador to Canada, 1968-1969
 1963 Cord A. Meyer 1898
First President of NYMA Alumni Association, 1902-1907
1962 Joseph L. Costa '32
Former Vice-President for sales, Costa Ice Cream
Past President, NYMA Board of Trustees
1962 Peter H. Odegard '19
Distinguished political scientist
 1962 Leonard B. Smith '33
Composer, musician
Founder and former conductor, Detroit Concert Band
1961 Nelson Dingley III '10
First alumnus to become NYMA superintendent
Fifth superintendent, 1951-1961
 1961 David L. Eggers '36
Former partner, Eggers and Higgins, Architects
 1960 John W. Barnes '20
President, Barnes & Noble, Inc., 1942-1964
1960 Donald S. Frost '29
Former Vice-President, Bristol-Myers Co.
 1960 Alexander Standish '17
Former Chairman of the Board, Standish, Ayer & McKay
 1959 Lee Parson Davis 1900
Former Justice of the New York Supreme Court
1959 Rene W. Pinto '14
Former research specialst,
Carnegie Foundation for International Peace 
 1958 Carleton S. Harloff '19
Past President, Phelps Dodge Refining Corp.
 1958 Byron G. McNabb '28
Former Director of Test Engineering, Astronautics
 1958 Frank J. Reynolds 1908
Past President, Albert Frank-Guenther Law
1957 LG James E. Briggs '24
United States Air Force
Superintendent, U.S. Air Force Academy, 1956-1959
 1957 Edward U. Murphy '38
Specialist in pediatric opthalmology
 1956 Charles J. Hardy, Jr. '13
Former Chairman, American Car Foundry Industries



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Stanley Holuba '64
Eduardo deVeer '60

Gene Schiavone '63

Erwin H. Ezzes '34

Robert H. Benmosche '62

Robert P. Stiller '61

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