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NRS honors four for serving and supporting RIT

The Nathaniel Rochester Society has recognized two alumni and their spouses for their ongoing commitment to RIT.

NRS honorees

Donald ’67 and Jeris Boyce are this year’s recipients of the NRS Award. Joining them are Larry Lovejoy ’70, left, NRS awards chair, and RIT President Bill Destler, right. (Photos by Ken Huth ’88)

Donald ’67 (business administration) and Jeris Boyce were presented the 2008 NRS Award, the organization’s highest honor, presented annually to individuals who have contributed to the university’s advancement in an outstanding manner. Kevin ’79 (MBA) and Nancy Gavagan received the Whitaker Service Medallion, named in honor of Gaylord “Gee” Whitaker, founder and first chairman of the Nathaniel Rochester Society.

The Boyces are members of RIT’s Ellingson Society established the Donald N. and Jeris J. Boyce Endowed Scholarship and have supported many other projects. Donald Boyce has served on the RIT Board of Trustees since 1999 and served as chair of RIT’s Presidential Search Committee.

Prior to retiring in 2000, Boyce was chair and CEO of IDEX Corp., a diversified manufacturing firm. He has been a board member of numerous publicly traded companies and is currently director of Muller Water Products in Atlanta.

The Gavagans have been members of NRS since 1991, serving on its executive committee for four years, co-chairing the awards committee for two years and serving on the membership/alumni outreach committee and the scholarship committee.


Kevin ’79 and Nancy Gavagan

Kevin Gavagan is a certified financial analyst and principal and portfolio manager at QCI Asset Management Inc. He serves on the board of directors for Venture Creations, RIT’s high technology business incubator. A former member of the Saunders College of Business alumni advisory council, he was honored by the college in 2004 with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Nancy Gavagan has served as a member of RIT’s Women’s Council since 2006. Together, the Gavagans have supported RIT’s general scholarship fund, the NRS scholarship fund, the Saunders College of Business and several other campus initiatives.

The Nathaniel Rochester Society celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008. Its mission through the years has been to develop friends and ambassadors to promote and support RIT.

Paul Stella '03