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Alumni Awards

The 2017 Carl N. Holmes Award Recipient

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  • Lauren R. Pacini '59

    Lauren R. Pacini '59 proudly served his country in the US Army Special Forces from 1964-1970, including time in the Vietnam War. A noted photographer and author, Lauren has been very active in many matters relating to the history, photography, development, and preservation of the urban core of Cleveland.

    In November of 2012, Lauren's Artography Studio was named co-recipient of the 2012 National Trust/Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. The award recognized his photographic documentation of the historic renovation of Saint Luke's Hospital and its transformation to Saint Luke's Manor. A portion of proceeds of this beautiful photographic history of this Cleveland landmark, entitled "The Ever-Whirling Winds of Change," were donated to Hawken.

    Lauren has been an avid Hawken alumnus since he graduated in 1959. He has been involved with alumni activities and fund raising at Hawken over many years and has willingly taken on special assignments for the School whenever asked. He has spoken to Hawken classes about Cleveland history and his military experiences, and he is an active member of the Alumni Board. Lauren has been a reunion class committee member and chaired the Class of ’59 mini-reunion this fall, which brought many members of his class back to Cleveland, some of whom had not been back in years. Lauren can be seen at almost all Hawken events. He is the former technology director at Ruffing Montessori School and served as a member of the COSE Board and Executive Committee, a Trustee of the Nature Center in Shaker Heights, a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Dunham Tavern Museum, and an active committee member at The Western Reserve Historical Society.

    Lauren and his wife Sue live in Cleveland and have four children: Elizabeth, Lauren, Christopher ’90, and Jeffrey ’98.

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The 2017 Richard W. Day Award Recipient

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  • Andrew B. Rothman ’94

    Following four years of continuous theater, music, video, and photography projects at Hawken, Andrew B. Rothman ’94 pursued a BFA in Electronic Media at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, aiming for a career in audio and music production. 

    However, his interest in computers and graphic design led him to Willoughby, Ohio software startup Main Sequence Technologies after graduation. Their third hire, Andrew is now Marketing Director and self-proclaimed "esoteric support specialist" at the company of nearly fifty employees.
    In addition to his day job and many musical pursuits, Andrew built websites for local non-profits, musicians, civic orchestras, composers, and artists. In 2002 he volunteered to build a site for Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, where he had appeared on stage with his family and played in the pit band. That role expanded into a fifteen-year volunteer stint as a board member and one-man marketing department, designing ads and posters, writing press releases, producing videos, photographing actors, laying out playbills, and shepherding technological upgrades. He received a 'Distinguished Volunteer' award for his work as a performer, director, designer, and playwright there in 2016.
    Andrew continues to work as a volunteer and professional actor and musician across Northeast Ohio, including an open-ended engagement as drummer and featured vocalist at Pickwick and Frolic (E. 4th St., Cleveland) since 2012.
    He serves as class secretary for the Class of '94 and has returned to Hawken to serve as a drummer for Hawken Players’ Society musicals, an alumni speaker, a guest performer, and class reunion organizer.
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The 2017 Fair Play Award Recipient

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  • Donald R. Allman ’70

    Donald R. Allman’s career in advertising began in the mid-1970s when he joined WWWE Radio in Cleveland as an account executive. He later joined the outdoor advertising company Foster and Kleiser - now Clear Channel Outdoor - where he began to develop his reputation as an innovator in out-of-home sales.

    In 1983, Don was promoted to vice president and served as F&K’s Ohio regional vice president/general manager. In 1985, Don began a 16-year career at TDI, where he ultimately oversaw all operations and sales of TDI's North American Transit and Outdoor Advertising business. In 1998, Don was promoted to president and chief operating officer for TDI/North America and in early 2000, he was appointed president and CEO. 

    In 2002, Don became president and CEO of Titan Worldwide, where he was named Ernst & Young Metro New York Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008. Titan grew during his tenure to be the largest municipal advertising sales company in North America. In September, 2015 Titan was acquired by a group of investors including Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company, and Don became vice chairman of Intersection, the new company, until August of 2017, when he retired as a full time employee. Don remains a senior advisor to Intersection. 

    Don attended Hawken in grades 8 through 12 and then attended and graduated from the College of Wooster. His brother David is a Hawken alumnus of the Class of ’72, and his mother, the late Helen Allman, taught fourth and fifth grade English and history in the Lower School for 15 years. Don resides in Darien, Connecticut, with his wife Cathy. They have two children, JD and Amanda, and a granddaughter, Caroline, born August 22, 2017! Don has been a member of various out-of-home industry boards, supports a number of charities relating to children's health, and is a member of the Hawken School Visiting Committee.

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The 2017 Honorary Alumni Award Recipient

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  • Vonceil Strobel

    Vonceil Strobel is the Middle School coordinator for academic support at Hawken School. She began her career with the School in 1993. During her tenure, Vonceil has provided academic assistance to countless students. She has also been an invaluable professional resource for faculty and has provided coordination of academic services and support between school and home. 

    Vonceil’s support takes many forms, including direct support of and scheduled work with students; consulting with students, teachers, administrators and parents; and participating in grade level team meetings.

    Vonceil received her MA in special education from Case Western Reserve University. She and her husband Andrew live in Cleveland. Both of their children, Megan ’99 and Andrew ’07, are Hawken Lifers.
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  • Alumni Board

    The Hawken Alumni Board was established in 1925 by a dedicated group of graduates to foster and strengthen ties between the school and its alumni community. The members work on outreach and help plan alumni events. 
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