Jay and Lauren Judson of Victor, N.Y., are the 2009 recipients of the Whitaker Service Medallion presented by Rochester Institute of Technology’s Nathaniel Rochester Society.
The Whitaker Service Medallion acknowledges leadership displayed throughout years of service to RIT. This year’s award was presented at the society’s summer gala July 9 at the RIT Center for Student Innovation. The medallion is named for RIT trustee Gaylord “Gee” Whitaker, who founded the organization in 1967 and served as its first chair. The Nathaniel Rochester Society recognizes RIT’s most generous supporters and encourages a closer bond between the university and members of the community.
The Judsons have been active society members since 1988. They have served together on many of the organization’s leadership committees, including the Membership Committee (1991), Program Committee (2001-2005) the Executive Committee (2001-2003) and the Awards Committee (2001-2003).
They were co-chairs of the NRS Awards Committee (1999-2000) and the Program Committee (2001-2003). They helped lead the organization as vice-chairs from 2003-2005, co-chairs from 2005-2007 and co-chairs of the Executive Committee from 2005-2007.
In addition to their service to the organization, the Judsons have also advocated for RIT in other capacities. Jay Judson served on the Rochester Presidential Search Forum in 2006 and the Civil Engineering Lab Fundraising Committee during the Powered by the Future campaign. Lauren Judson is a member of the RIT Women’s Council. Both have been loyal supporters of RIT’s students through the T.F. Judson Sr. NRS Scholarship, the NRS general scholarship fund, the Gordon Field House and Activities Center, and the RIT Athletic Association.