Two alumni receive awards for accomplishments

award winnersTwo outstanding alumni were honored during Reunion 2007 in June. Jack James ‘62 received the Lifetime Award of Merit, and Douglas Ruff ‘73 was recognized with the Anniversary Class Award.

James served a 29-year career in the U. S. Marine Corps, retiring with the rank of colonel. He currently teaches adult education courses at the College of Management and Business at National Louis University. James is a founding member of the Washington, D.C., alumni committee and 2007 Reunion committee. He established the Jack C. James ’62 Scholarship in support of non-traditional students at Oswego and is active in other philanthropic endeavors.

“Giving something back to Oswego in whatever unique way works for each of us…seems only natural,” James said in his acceptance speech. “As some way of thanking Oswego for what a great institution has done for me, and you, and as an investment in the future.”

An attorney, Ruff is director of litigation for Nassau/Suffolk Law Services, Long Island’s largest poverty law program. He has developed a special expertise in the area of public benefits and rights of the homeless. Ruff founded the Legal Support Center for Advocates. He has been honored by the New York State Bar Association and the Society of St. Vincent dePaul for his work with the poor and disadvantaged.

“I am very proud of the fact that I went to Oswego,” Ruff said in accepting the award. “I received an excellent liberal arts education and it provided a great foundation for law school.”

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PHOTO CAPTION: Alumni achievers—Alumni honorees Jack James ‘62 (left) and Douglas Ruff ‘73 receive their awards from President Deborah F. Stanley (center).

(Posted: Jul 23, 2007)

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