Men's Senior Award Winners, 1900-present

Thanks to the Office of Student Life for this information.
(note: because it was very difficult to read part of original version of this list, there may be some name misspellings 1900-1960.)


Among the oldest traditions at the University of Pennsylvania are the senior class leadership awards. The oldest of them, the Spoon, is documented as early as 1865, when Penn still occupied a campus on 9th street, in Center City, Phladelphia. Today, no fewer than 8 of these distinguished awards are presented on Hey Day, the last day of classes in each academic year. Elected by their fellow students in recognition of outstanding service to the University community, the receipients of these awards have always included the best and brightest of each graduating class.

Spoon Award

The tradition of awarding the "wooden spoon," as it was known in the 19th century, is so old that its origins apparently predate all student publications, including the class yearbook and student newspaper. Despite the aura of mystery about its first year s, the spoon's significance has always been the same: the spoon is symbolic of first honors among the senior men.

Bowl Award

This award grew out of a mid and late 19th century of class rivalry at Penn. Perhaps the best known of these rituals were the "Bowl Fights" between the freshmen and sophomore classes. If the sophomore class could fend off the freshmen's assault on the bowl , then it was preserved by the class officers and in some years was presented to a memeber of the class on the same occasion as the spoon. The bowl was iunbcluded in the class day presentations as early as 1879, among other gifts and prizes. The class of 1884, however, may have been the first to present it as a senior award, when it was reported, "The bowl, saved from the fight with the freshmen, was given to Reath as an evidence of his vieing with Sergeant [the winner of the Spoon Award] in esteem of the class."

Cane Award

Another of the class rivalries, but shorter lived than the Bowl Fights, was the "Cane Fight." The use of a walking cane in the 19th century was a cultural symbol of high status. The cane fights were attempts by the sophomore class to prevent any freshman from carrying a cane on campus. The canes, of course, were utilized as weapons, and the senior class moved quickly to convert the violent ritual into a student award. In 1891, the senior class added the award of the cane to those of the spoon and the bowl. Awarded annually since that year, the cane is considered the 3rd most prestigious award given to the senior men.

Spade Award

The ivy day ceremonies, in which the parting seniors plant a sprig of ivy to signify the growth and spreading of the senior class, are at least as old as the West Philadelphia campus, which was first occupied in 1872. The spade award is derived from Ivy Day, and seniors have elected and honored a spade man since 1896. The spade was symbolic of 4th honors among men in the senior class.



Year Spoon Bowl Cane Spade
1900William Thackera ReadJason W. Riddle, Jr.William McClellanCharles A. Upson
1901T. Truxton HareThaddeus B. McClainFrank FlavellThomas F. Cadwalader
1902John C. BoltzGeorge M. PiersolHaniel S. Howard, Jr.Jason P.W. Crawford
1903Albert R. BrunkerGeorge S. KellerWilliam W. WhitmoreFrank Van Hart Slack
1904Ralph R. ZaneMarshall S. MorganWilliam O. MillerWarren H. Porter
1905John Arthur BrownRollin Cantwell BortleHarry C. WeeksFrederick W. Marchall
1906Jason D. Taylor / Russell Thayer, Jr.Alden R. LudlowJohn G. HendrieLouis J. Shoemaker
1907Hunter W. ScarlettLloyd P. JonesJohn W. Townsend, Jr.Edw. Hopkinson, Jr.
1908Robert C. Flowell, Jr.Dudley ShoemakerHoward A. EmigRichard M. Philler
1909Sewell H. CorkranWarren ShebleEdw. B. RobinetteStockton Townsend
1910Henry P. BraddockAllen I. SmithEugene A. WoodDuncan A. Worrell
1911Ernest B. CozensAllton BennittRaymond L. SmithHelmuth M. Kiesewetter
1912Emanuel H. ShoemakerThomas Heath, Jr.Horatio H. MorrisEdmund Thayer
1913Theo F. DillonLon W. JoundetFrank McM. BreniserLemuel B. Schofield
1914Louis A. YoungLouis C. Madeira, IIIChester A. MindsJason F. Van Vechten
1915Albert JourneayJason C. PattersonJason V. Merrick, IIIHorace Butler
1916Gordon A. HardwickWilliam E. ChickeringArthur LittletonJames Edwin Meredith
1917John M. ClarkJoseph A. RussellWalter YustSpencer S. Shannon
1918No AwardsNo AwardsNo AwardsNo Awards
1919No AwardsNo AwardsNo AwardsNo Awards
1920Marvin R. GustafsonH. Donaldson Leopold, Jr.William L. TandyJohn McC. Titzel
1921John C. TelmosseDaniel J. McNicholElisha J. BinghamWalter E. L. Irwin
1922William C. GraveFrancis Q. ThorpWalter H. HuntzingerLawrence A. Brown
1923George H. SullivanJohn C. ThurmanThomas B. K. RingeDavid F. Cavers
1924John Dern, IIPatrick E. MalinClifford B. ReevesW. Thornton Martin
1925Rea B. McFrawWilliam E. Lingelbach, Jr.Edward F. McGinley, Jr.Robert A. Streeter
1926Walter F. O'MalleyKarl E. RobinsonRobert A. EichelbergerEdwin R. Morine
1927John F. WolfJason D. MarksPaul P. DavenportRobert A. McClean
1928Jack J. McDowellJ. Folwell Scull, Jr.Edw. W. HakeEugene J. Connell
1929Robert L. ZullingerPaul T. ScullE. Mahlen CorsonJoseph G. Schaaf
1930Morton H. WilnerRobert H. BarnesDuncan S. BriggsLemuel A. Geyer
1931Bernard E. BerlingerFranklin H. WolfJason N. PetersonW. Wodman Derr
1932John A. MayerJeremiah Ford, IIArthur H. BarnettWilliam S. Graupner
1933Wililam A. CarrJoseph M. CaseGeorge A. MungerGeorge H. Martens, Jr.
1934Robert L. TescherDonald S. KellettEdwin D. LewisRoy W. Engle
1935Robert L. FreemanKenneth A. HashagenHenry KozloffCharles M. Swift
1936John Scott NeillJoseph Escherick, Jr.Josiah C. McCracken, Jr.Arthur Darnbrough
1937Guy G. Della-CioppaE. Craig SweetenFrancis T. MurrayGene D. Gisburne
1938Roy A. ManzelRobert E. DoughertyJohn Y. Burgess, Jr.John J. Dautrich
1939Charles W. Diven, Jr.Frederick B. BamberJohn P. WiedemerRobert G. Allman
1940Robert MacDonaldMax H. Leister, Jr.Robert M. EdmistonWarren B. Smith
1941John T. CumblerFranxis X. ReaganRobert W. TroupRix N. Yard
1942Richard W. HavensGeorge H. DixonEugene H. Davis, Jr.Jason Stretch
1943Edw. F. RyanJohn M. Welsh, Jr.Mark Townsend, IIIRobert E. Walton
1944No AwardsNo AwardsNo AwardsNo Awards
1945No AwardsNo AwardsNo AwardsNo Awards
1946No AwardsNo AwardsNo AwardsNo Awards
1947Michael J. O'NeillFrancis P. CrossinEdw. S. HoffmanFrank K. Mayers
1948Rex S. MorganJerome F. McCarthyErwin J. AntoniFrederick J. Durkin
1949Robert H. CallsonCharles P. MelleyCharles J. BednarikIrving H. Peak
1950Harry L. WettlauferJohn C. HackneyL. Edison Mathis, Jr.Edwin R. Igler
1951Francis J. BagnellPhilip J. MoloneyBernard E. LemonickBruce H. McLoud
1952Donald P. ScanlonAlexander J. JaffursCharles K. RussellDante N. Piccone
1953Ernest J. BeckGeorge A. RiederPeter M. YurchakMonroe E. Trout
1954Paul E. RavdenbushRoger P. CratonEdward A. GramignaRobert W. Denney
1955Barton B. LeachKarl K. Hoagland, Jr.John M. GuestMartin I. J. Griffin, Jr.
1956David G. KlineFrank A. WeidknechtJohn R. HainesJohn C. T. Alexander
1957Richard G. TyrellCharles M. Meredith, IIIEdward G. WareEric W. Johson
1958Walter G. SchrothFrancis J. RieplGary B. MarcusJoseph E. Trimble, Jr.
1959Jon M. HuntsmanRobert W. McCafferty, Jr.M. Carl ShineGeorge A. Katterman
1960Bernard E. Berlinger, Jr.John T. JerbasiRaymond N. SchrothAlvin V. Shoemaker
1961Jon GreenawaltMcBee ButcherCharles KalmeAlbert Donzanti
1962Michael NataleConrad DeSantisFrancis CarmoneSteven Eisen
1963John E. WidemanLuther J. ClarkPeter R. McCarthyLouis P. Buck
1964Ramon J. CarazoBourne RuthrauffJohn DePasqualeJohn S. Packard
1965Edward T. AndersonJohn R. RssesNorman P. HetrickPeter M Vantine
1966Thomas F. LangBruce E. MolloyJeffrey L. NeumanRichard R. Ragan
1967Albert H. TurkusMilton J. Block, Jr.Jeremy R. RifkinMarc J. Turtletaub
1968William N. ScottAlexius C. ConroyBen J. MortensenDonald M. Morrison
1969Robert B. AnyonGeorge R. BurrellPatrick M. NortonMarvin J. Israelow
1970James A. HivelyIra R. HarkavyStephen A. TalesnickBernard E. Zbrzeznj
1971Seteven BorensteinDavid WohlSteven BilskyStuart Madden
1972Robert D. MorseDavid L. CalhounStanley E. StartzellJames H. Greene, Jr.
1973William KellerPhilip HankinsonRalph EaselyArnold Eisen
1974Paul MassonBenjamin GinsbergDonald CluneBarry Ross
1975Peter ChristStephen GreeleyRodd WieseneckJudson Stein
1976Ronald KelloggJerry MarcusDavid LevineMitchell Berger
1977Michael KitsisJohn AuerbachThaddeus MaciagWarren Feldman
1978Mitchell BluttSteven GlasgowJames RamseurEthan Goldman
1979Anthony PriceSteven RothSteven GlaettaDavid Lieber
1980Mark LernerRichard O'NeilMitchell PortneyJames Reardon
1981Richard KaplanKenneth HallRussell BrooksMyles Berkowitz
1982David ShermanCharles RichPhillip CuffeyScott Boden
1983Paul LittlePaul MillerPaul LebovitzMarc Rodriguez
1984A. David SmithDavid PerlAlan BowserRobert Wilson
1985Karl RacineJoseph KillackeyRichard KatzRobert Kramer
1986Mark ShermanMark FragaSteve AdkinsGlen Schuster
1987Michael GordonBarry BearBruce LefkowitzSam Elias
1988Michael JaffeeGus CastilloQuintus JeffDavid Yao
1989Michael KarzSeth BergerEric LernerRobert Tintner
1990Alan AxelrodFranklin FergusonVincent CousineauGarrett Reisman
1991Bart BarreSamuel (Buzz) Thomas IIIEric W. AppleBrent Mitchell
1992Harold E. Ford Jr.Kirk P. MarcolinaJohn F. GambaIra James Hillman
1993Lincoln SingletonAllison RouseJeffrey LichtmanMichael Rosenband
1994Kaplan MobraySandor HauBill RobertsMorris Massel
1995Hayden HorowitzManny CitronWayne WilsonMichael Turner
1996Leonard ChangGil Beverly, Jr.Eric Claudius TienouAdam Matta
1997Neil ShethJamil SmithGeorge HoltJosh Gottheimer
1998Andy KlineTal GolombJean-Pierre LespinasseJason Judd
1999 Joshua S. Brogadir Joshua M. Styne Rasool A. Berry Joshua A. Zeichner
2000 Tariq Remtulla Charles (Chaz) Howard Andrew Exum Aaron Fidler
2001 Raymond G. Valerio Theodore E. LeCompte Malhar N. Saraiya Jared S. Susco
2002 Joshua D. Klein Kisimbi K. Thomas Dimitri Dube Michael K.Krouse
2003 Adam F. Zimbler Arshad Hasan Aaron M. Short Lincoln W. Ellis
2004 Jason M. Levy Owusu A. Akoto Anthony D. Cotton Ravi S. Bellur
2005 Matthew B. Klapper Paul M. Farber Darryl B. Wooten Jason A. Levine
2006 Pierre A. Gooding James J. Fanelly David B. Diesenhouse Spencer G. Scharff
2007 Andrew T. Kaplan Zachary W. Coopersmith Stefon Q. Burns Ezra L. Billinkoff

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