Five Alumni Receive John Jay Awards
Lisa Landau Carnoy ’89, Eric Foner ’63, Paul C. McCormick ’78, David A. Paterson ’77 and Charles W. Santoro ’82 received John Jay Awards for distinguished professional achievement at a black-tie celebration at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on March 1. The dinner was attended by almost 650 people and raised $1.2 million for the John Jay Scholarship Program, which honors the College’s most outstanding first-year students.
“Our honorees combine remarkable career success with active promotion of the public good,” observed Dean Austin Quigley. “Individually and collectively, they have advanced the state of the College community.”
The honorees at the festive event represented a range of careers: banking, teaching and writing, medicine, politics and finance.
Carnoy is a managing director and co-head of Equity Capital Markets Americas for Merrill Lynch. Foner is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia and one of this country’s most prominent historians. McCormick is the Herbert and Linda Gallen Professor of Neurosurgery at P&S and medical director of the Columbia-Presbyterian Comprehensive Spine Center. Paterson was elected New York’s lieutenant governor in 2006, the first nonwhite to hold that position, after serving in the State Senate for two decades. Santoro is managing partner and co-founder of Sterling Investment Partners, a private equity firm with more than $1 billion of equity capital under management.
Dinner co-chairs were Eliza Armstrong ’89, Sean D’Arcy ’81, John R. MacArthur ’78 and Eugene W. Schatz ’79. Trustees Chair Bill Campbell ’62 welcomed the guests and speakers included Quigley, President Lee C. Bollinger and CC Alumni Association President Brian C. Krisberg ’81. Several of the John Jay Scholars spoke to the guests or introduced the honorees, including Addison Anderson ’07, Samantha Elghanaian ’09, Shounan Ho ’07, Marcus Johnson ’07, Jun Hyuk (Jason) Kim ’08, Julia Kite ’07 and Alexandra Reisner ’07. Following the citation ceremony, Carl Rosenthal ’07 led the audience in “Roar, Lion, Roar” and “Sans Souci.”
“I bleed Columbia blue. My
husband knew the way to my
heart … an engagement ring that was Columbia blue and a house
in Columbia (N.Y.) County.”
Lisa Landau Carnoy ’89
“When I entered Columbia
College, tuition was $800 a year
and students respected authority.
That all changed a few years later.”
Eric Foner ’63
“As a physician, people come to me because they know they are coming to Columbia, the best.”
Paul C. McCormick ’78
“Some people graduated magna cum laude, some
graduated summa cum laude, then there were people who like me who found so many other
things to do at Columbia that we
graduated thank-you Lord-y.”
David A. Paterson ’77
“I wouldn’t be here if it hadn’t been
for my Columbia experiences.
Those experiences changed my life
profoundly and forever.”
Charles W. Santoro ’82