2021 Alumni Award Recipients

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  • Kathy Ko Chin

    Carl N. Holmes Award

    The daughter of immigrants from China, Kathy Ko Chin’s 40-year career has been committed to building community institutions that contribute to a just and multiracial society. Prior to starting Jasper Inclusion Advisors in February 2021, she served as President and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum for over a decade. In that role, she influenced policy, mobilized communities and strengthened organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Her extraordinary contributions to health equity and social justice led the American Public Health Association to honor her with the prestigious Helen Rodriguez-Trias Social Justice Award in 2020. From 2014 to 2017, she served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 
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  • Carl N. Holmes Award

    The Carl N. Holmes Award is given to the Hawken alumnus/a who has made a significant positive impact on their community, locally or globally.  

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  • David Geller ’81

    Richard W. Day Award

    Dr. David Geller is the Richard L. Simmons Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Director of the UPMC Liver Cancer Center. As a hepatobiliary Surgical Oncologist, his clinical interests center on the evaluation and management of patients with liver cancers. He has pioneered laparoscopic liver resection surgery. He has active research grants from the NIH, and is also the Principal Investigator on Industry-sponsored clinical trials for liver cancer.   
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  • Richard W. Day Award

    The Richard W. Day Award is given to a Hawken Alumnus/a who has made outstanding contributions to their profession or field of interest, or has achieved exceptional accomplishment in their career.

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  • Matthew Salerno ’92

    Fair Play Award

    Before he joined the Case Western Reserve University’s faculty in 2018 as a lawyering skills lecturer, Matthew spent almost 20 years in private practice focusing primarily on business restructuring and corporate counseling. He has experience in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, health care, cosmetics, real estate, finance, sports and entertainment and more.  
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  • Fair Play Award

    The Fair Play Award is given to a Hawken alumnus/a who has selflessly provided extraordinary service to Hawken School. 

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  • Honorary Alumni

    Alumni status is a privilege bestowed upon a select, few members of the Hawken School faculty and staff on an annual basis who exemplify the true spirit of dedicated service to the Hawken community.  These role models have served with a strong desire to make a difference as caring mentors and colleagues and knowledgeable and enthusiastic educators above and beyond the call of duty. Each has dedicated more than twenty years of faithful service to the School.  By their personal example and through interaction with colleagues and students, each honorary alumnus has faithfully lived up to the School motto, “That the better self shall prevail and each generation introduce its successor to a higher plane of life.” 
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