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Four Honored with Clarkson University’s Most Prestigious Alumni Award

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Carolyn A. Brandsema of Renton, Wash., vice president of 737/767/777 Engineering at Boeing Company, Airplane and Production Systems; Larry D. Kingsley of Lake Bluff, Ill., president and chief executive officer of IDEX Corporation; Dr. Anthony J. Palumbo of Utica, N.Y ophthalmologist, eye surgeon and medical director of the Dove Eye and Laser Center in New Hartford, N.Y.; and Gary C. Schmidt of Monticello, N.Y., chairman of Schmidt’s Wholesale Inc., have all been honored with the Golden Knight Award by their alma mater, Clarkson University.

Presented each year during Reunion Weekend, Clarkson’s most prestigious alumni award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves either by service to Clarkson through Alumni Association activities or have demonstrated outstanding career achievement, bringing distinction to themselves and to Clarkson.

Carolyn A. Brandsema

Brandsema received her bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson in 1980. In 1988, she received a master’s of business administration from Seattle University. Four Honored with Clarkson University’s Most Prestigious Alumni Award

Prior to assuming her current position, Brandsema was named vice president of engineering for the 737 Program. In addition, she served as vice president of airplane and production system development activity for the Single-Aisle Replacement Study, a position she held since March 2006. From July 2003 to March 2006, Brandsema was the director of engineering for the 737 and 757 programs, where she led a team of 1,200 design, manufacturing, and tooling engineers responsible for all phases of configuration, design, manufacturability and support of 737 and 757 airplane models.

In 2001, Brandsema was named chief project engineer for the Next-Generation 737. Prior to that, she had management positions in the payloads engineering, commercial airplanes continuous quality improvement development and manufacturing research and development organizations. Brandsema started her career at Boeing in July 1980 as a manufacturing research and development engineer.

Brandsema has served on Clarkson’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering Council, advocating for the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. She currently serves on the College of Science and Engineering Advisory Board for Seattle University.

She lives in Renton, Wash., with her husband, Jeff.

Larry D. Kingsley

Kingsley received his bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering and management from Clarkson in 1985. He holds a master of business administration degree from the College of William & Mary.

Kingsley was appointed chairman and CEO of IDEX Corporation in 2006. IDEX is a manufacturer of pumps and metering products, dispensing equipment for color formulation, and other highly engineered products with leading positions in niche markets. Its products are sold to a wide range of industries throughout the world.

Kingsley was appointed president and chief executive officer of IDEX in 2005, having served as chief operating officer at the company since 2004. Prior to joining IDEX, he progressed through a series of increasingly responsible positions at Danaher Corporation, including corporate vice president and group executive.

Prior to Danaher, Kingsley held several positions with Kollmorgen Corporation, including vice president and general manager for European operations. Prior to Kollmorgen, Kingsley was vice president of marketing for Weidmuller Incorporated.

Kingsley currently serves on the Cooper Industries board of directors, the IDEX board of directors, the Junior Achievement of Chicago board and as a trustee for the Museum of Science and Industry, as well as on the Clarkson Business Leadership Council.

He lives in Lake Bluff, Ill. with his wife, Diane. They have two children, Carol and Andrew.

Anthony J. Palumbo

Dr. Palumbo received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Clarkson in 1960.

Following graduation with a doctorate in medicine and surgery, cum laude, from the renowned University of Bologna, Italy, Palumbo completed his residency and fellowship at St. Mary’s Hospital/Rochester Eye Institute in Rochester, N.Y. He became chief resident of ophthalmology during his last year in the program. Palumbo also completed an ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at the prestigious Manhattan Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Hospital. At Park Ridge Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., he completed a fellowship in medical surgical treatments of anterior segment diseases, including glaucoma surgery, cataract and lens implantation surgery, corneal surgery, and refractive surgery.

From 1990 to 1991, Palumbo participated in a refractive surgery fellowship in London, England with Dr. John Marshall, considered by many research scientists as the Father of Refractive Surgery.

Palumbo has received numerous awards in recognition of the exceptional patient care he has provided, as well as for his involvement in humanitarian efforts. He was the honored recipient of the Physician CARE Award in 2000, given by the Faxton Hospital - St. Luke’s Health Care System for excellence in patient care and exceptional customer service. In 2001, he received the SCROLL Award from the Central New York Academy of Medicine, Inc., in recognition of his meritorious achievement in the advancement of scientific programs and humanitarian attainment. Palumbo was also chosen as the Humanitarian of the Year in 2003 at the American Diabetes Association Annual Charity Affair. The Mayor of the City of Utica honored him with a proclamation on October 17, 2003 for services and contributions to his community with Recognition of the Dr. Anthony J. Palumbo Day.

Palumbo has served as a Clarkson reunion giving volunteer in the past and established two scholarship funds: the Dick Pratt Endowed Prize Fund and the Palumbo Endowed Chemical Engineering Scholarship. He currently serves on the Clarkson Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council.

He lives in Utica, N.Y., with his wife, Phyllis. They have two daughters, Joanne and Terese Lyn.

Gary C. Schmidt

Schmidt received his bachelor of science degree in industrial distribution from Clarkson in 1970.

Schmidt is the chairman of Schmidt’s Wholesale Inc., a plumbing, heating, electrical, waterworks and HVAC supply house in Monticello, N.Y., with branch locations in Newburgh, N.Y., and Florida.

Schmidt has been active in the business community and wholesale industry for many years serving on the board and as president of New York State Plumbing and Heating Wholesalers, the board of American Supply Association and on the board and as president of Wit & Company, a national buying co-operative in the plumbing and heating industry.

In 1990, Schmidt, along with a group of local business people, started Community Bank of Sullivan County, today the Catskill Hudson Bank, which opened in 1993. He served as director and corporate secretary of both entities. In 2006, he was elected to serve on the board of directors of the Mid-Hudson Cooperative Insurance Company.

Schmidt is the vice president of the Sullivan County Community College Foundation and on the board of the Sullivan County Community College Dormitory Corporation. He is a founding member and serves on the board of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development. In 2002, he was honored with their highest award, the Walter A. Rhulen Award for Service to Business, Community and Humanity. He also served 17 years on the Monticello Village Planning Board.

Schmidt has dedicated much time to the Boy Scouts of America. He is an Eagle Scout, God and Country Award holder and a Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow. Since 1972, he served as a member, vice president for camping and a president of the Hudson Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In 1980, he was awarded the Silver Beaver, the highest award given by a local council. In 1990, he was honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award.

In 2004, Schmidt was named the Business Person of the Year by the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce and in 2007, he and his wife, Mary, were awarded the Leadership Award for Sullivan County from the American Red Cross of Greater New York.

Schmidt is a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church of Monticello where he currently is lay leader, a member of the finance committee and on the board of trustees.

Schmidt lives in Monticello, N.Y., with his wife, Mary. They have two sons, Daniel and Christopher.

Photo caption: Anthony J. Palumbo, Gary C. Schmidt, Carolyn A. Brandsema, and Larry D. Kingsley and have been honored with the Golden Knight Award by their alma mater, Clarkson University. Left to right: Palumbo, Schmidt, Brandsema, Kingsley and Clarkson University President Tony Collins.

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