College Honors Four Alumni With John Jay Awards
On Wednesday, March 6, more than 600 alumni, friends, students
and faculty filled the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel to honor
four outstanding alumni — Derek Q. Johnson ‘81,
Joel I. Klein ‘67, Conrad Lung ‘72 and
William H. McDavid ‘68 — who received John Jay
Awards for Distinguished Professional Achievement. This is the 24th
year that the College has presented the awards, which are named in
honor of the first chief justice of the United States and a member
of the King’s College Class of 1764. Funds raised at the
dinner benefit the John Jay National Scholarship Program, which
provides financial assistance and special programming for
first-year students at the College.
The honorees have made their marks in fields ranging from media
and entertainment to public service, banking and apparel
manufacturing. Johnson is president and CEO of the Apollo Theater
Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation responsible for the
preservation, restoration and revitalization of the Apollo Theater
on 125th Street in Harlem. Klein is chairman and CEO of
Bertelsmann, Inc., and chief U.S. liaison officer to Bertelsmann
AG, one of the largest media companies in the world. Lung is the
president and co-founder of Sunnex, Inc., a New York–based
company that manufactures and markets apparel in the United States,
Canada and Latin America. McDavid is general counsel for J.P.
Morgan Chase & Co., the conglomerate formed by the December
2000 merger of Chase Manhattan and J.P. Morgan.
The dinner co-chairs were Joseph Cabrera ’82,
William Chan ’86, Joel Klaperman ’67 and
Charles O’Byrne ’81.
Videos from the John Jay Dinner may be viewed online at: www.college.columbia.edu/alumni/news/jayawards2002.html.
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