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Fred Brand, Jr. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

This page presents information on the Fred Brand, Jr. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

Fred Brand, Jr. '32 was an agent with Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, and later became a partner in the insurance business. He was a distinguished member in the insurance business, having qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table for over fifty years.

In addition, Brand served as Lieutenant Commander in the Navy in World War II from 1943 to 1946. He was also a member of the Board of Directors at Allegheny General Hospital, member of the Royal Order of Jesters, and served in other civic charitable organizations. He received Penn State's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1962. While a student at Penn State, Brand was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma; Druids; Parmi Nous; Delta Sigma Pi; Lion's Paw; Golf; and Basketball. He also served as the Captain of the Golf team during his freshman and senior years, and Captain of the Basketball team during his senior year.

Despite a busy business career, Brand found ample time to devote to serving the game of golf. He was known as "Mr. Golf" in western Pennsylvania. He served as president of the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association and The Pennsylvania Golf Association as well as the PGA National Golf Fund and the International Seniors. He began his golf career by winning the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association Junior Championship in 1925 and 1927 and claimed the Western Pennsylvania Amateur Championship in 1927 and 1941. He was a member of the U.S.G.A. Executive Committee 1959 through 1969 and served 35 years on the PGA Advisory Board. He officiated at 30 U.S. Open golf tournaments, 37 Masters Tournaments, and 3 Ryder Cup Matches. His most memorable title was the U.S.G.A. Seniors Tournament victory in 1965. In 1988, he received the Distinguished Senior Award from the American Senior Golf Association. The Tri-State PGA honored him with its Distinguished Award in 1994. Fred's crowning achievement was in 1997, when he received the Bob Jones Award from the U.S.G.A.--the highest honor given by the U.S.G.A.--in recognition of his distinguished sportsmanship in golf.

Recipients of the Fred Brand, Jr. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising are listed below.

2007-08 Janet Spearly
2006-07 Jeff Hill
2005-06 Edward McKeon
2004-05 Rose Mary Witham
2003-04 Lynne Grutzeck
2002-03 Raeshel Ziegler
2001-02 Andrew Bergstein
2000-01 Jocelyn Bennett
1999-2000 Patricia O. Mutzeck
1998-99 Jocelyn Bennett
1997-98 Jocelen Bennett
1996-97 Vernis Welmon
1995-96 Jeffery M. Sharp
1994-95 Lisa Williams-Walton
1993-94 Milton J. Bergstein
1992-93 Gary L. Gittings
1991-92 Robert Novack
1990-91 Patricia O. Mutzeck
1989-90 George Kleindorfer
1988-89 Bruce Ellis
1987-88 Claudette Croushore
1986-87 Barbara Grubb
1985-86 Susan Winck
1984-85 G. Kenneth Nelson
1983-84 Barbara Grubb
1982-83 William Ferrara
1981-82 Judith Fremont
1980-81 No Award
1979-80 G. Kenneth Nelson
1978-79 Shirley Stanton
1977-78 Kenneth Graham
1976-77 No Award
1975-76 Kenneth Graham
1974-75 G. Kenneth Nelson
1973-74 Kenneth Lusht
1972-73 John Coyle