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The University Magazine

Top honors go to Fein, Snyder

Bill Destler
President Bill Destler, right, poses with Nancy Fein ’76 (mathematics), Outstanding Alumna for 2007, and Robert Snyder ’56 (chemistry), Volunteer of the Year. The two were honored at the President’s Alumni Ball.

Two notable grads were honored Oct. 5 at the President’s Alumni Ball.
Nancy Fein ’76 (mathematics) is RIT’s Outstanding Alumna for 2007, and Robert Snyder ’56 (chemistry) is Volunteer of the Year.

Fein is vice president of parts, service, customer satisfaction and training for Lexus division of Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc. Since joining Toyota in 1982, Fein has held a number of positions, including general manager of the Toyota Kansas City Region of Toyota Motor Sales and corporate manager of New Era Business Systems. Automotive News recognized Fein as one of the 100 Leading Women in the Automotive Industry in 2005.

Fein continues a strong connection with RIT as a member of the university’s Board of Trustees and a member and former president of the Alumni Network Board of Directors.

Professor Emeritus Snyder received his Ph.D. in metallurgy from Iowa State University in 1960 and joined the RIT faculty in 1967 after working for Ford Motor Co. and American Standard Inc. He taught mechanical engineering until retiring in 2001 and has received numerous awards for his contributions to engineering education. Besides serving on RIT’s Alumni Network Board of Directors and the RIT United Way Steering Committee, he volunteers with the Rochester Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity.

The Outstanding Alumni Award, established by the Office of the President in 1952, is the highest honor the institute can bestow upon an alumnus/a. The award recognizes graduates who have served RIT through their dedication, loyalty and leadership. The Volunteer of the Year award is presented to an individual who exhibits dedication to the RIT community by being active and involved in institute life while also contributing significantly to his/her community, state, or nation.

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