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The Founders Medal

The president and Board of Trustees of Elmhurst University established the Founders Medal in September of 1978.

The Founders Medal proudly celebrates, before the community and the world, those citizens who have distinguished themselves through philanthropic or personal service to Elmhurst University.

2019 Honorees

President Troy D. VanAken presenting the 2019 Founders Medal to Ralph Pechanio at the Founders Recognition Dinner.

President Troy D. VanAken and Ralph Pechanio

The 2019 Founders Medal was given to business and civic leader Ralph Pechanio, and posthumously to longtime University Trustee Rudolf “Rudy” G. Schade Jr. (Read the announcement here.)

For more information about this honor, please contact us.

Past Recipients

2011

  • Dr. William Fraccaro ’70
  • Joyce Fraccaro ’70
  • Dr. Richard A. Nyako ’67

2012

  • Kenne P. Bristol
  • Marilyn Graber

2013

  • Raymond J. Allen
  • Sally J. Allen
  • Denise P. Jones ’90

2014

  • Alben F. Bates and Clara G. Bates Foundation
  • Roberta Dauderman ’65
  • Laura Hyde ’71
  • Robert Hyde ’57
  • Dr. George H. Langeler ’49

2015

  • The Honorable William J. Bauer ’49
  • The Siragusa Foundation
  • Edwin E. Sprandel ’50

2016

  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Dr. Wallace Lagerwey
  • The Stanger Family

2017

  • Daniel L. Goodwin and The Inland Real Estate Group of Companies
  • Barbara J. Lucks ’73
  • Dr. Martha Sampsell
  • David F. Sampsell

2018

  • Dr. J. David Small ’59

2001

  • Robert A. Faganel ’52
  • Shirley Scott ’55
  • Dr. Thomas Scott

2002

  • Joel G. Herter ’59
  • Shirley L. Myers
  • Thomas O. Myers Jr.

2003

  • Paul DeBruine ’55
  • Ronald G. Goetz

2004

  • Ragnar Moen
  • Dr. Andrew K. Prinz

2005

  • Violet M. Hansen ’53
  • Earle Harmon Jr.
  • Virginia “Ginny” Harmon

2006

  • Marcia Goltermann
  • Robert Goltermann
  • John W. Popp ’44

2007

  • Kenneth L. Block
  • Alice A. Jepson
  • Thomas N. Tyrrell ’67

2008

  • Dr. Bryant Cureton
  • Dr. Jeanette Cureton
  • Marcia Day

2009

  • Dr. John M. Grollmus, M.D., ’61
  • Dr. George Thoma Jr., Ph.D.

2010

  • Abner S. Ganet
  • Barbara W. Swords

1991

  • Patricia C. Bergstrom ’71
  • Goudyloch E. Dyer
  • Harold M. Mayer

1992

  • Ruth H. Frick
  • Fred W. Gretsch ’71
  • Lloyd J. Palmer

1993

  • Betty Buik ’49
  • Frank R. Young

1994

  • Alben F. Bates Jr.
  • Hazel Stevens Dame
  • Robert S. Jepson Jr.

1995

  • Dr. Ralph E. Lundgren ’57
  • Rudolf G. Schade

1996

  • Robert J. Clark ’53
  • Lawrence P. Fricke
  • John A. Jump

1997

  • William W. Boyd
  • Phyllis Tirmenstein
  • John Watson

1998

  • Frank B. Allen
  • Joy P. Rasin
  • Rev. Joseph J. Richardson Sr. ’89

1999

  • Dorothy Bosworth ’45
  • Ivan E. Frick

2000

  • Lester H. Brune ’48
  • Joan L. Brune ’51
  • John B. Kelly Jr.

1979

  • Arthur E. Larkin Jr.

1980

  • Donald W. Buik
  • Rev. Dr. Robert O. Laaser

1982

  • Clarence A. Herbst Sr.

1983

  • Raymond H. Giesecke
  • Erwin J. Goebel ’27
  • Thomas H. Price ’35

1984

  • Edwin F. Deicke
  • Lois L. Deicke
  • Oliver M. Langhorst ’30

1985

  • Ervin T. Bosworth ’42
  • Herbert M. Licht

1986

  • Virginia C. Sodemann
  • Rev. Theodore Van Dyck ’34

1987

  • Milton F. Darr Jr.
  • Martha M. Mueller
  • Roland Quest ’36

1988

  • Rev. Allen C. Blume ’55
  • Lucille H. Franzen

1989

  • Frank C. Rathje
  • Phyliss D. Willett

1990

  • Lygia Brock ’56
  • Robert M. Kross ’42
  • Theodore H. Kross ’38

Lisa Przybylski

Director, Constituent Relations
Office of Institutional Advancement

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