Women's Senior Award Winners, 1959 - present

Thanks to the Office of Student Life for this information.


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 alw ays included the best and brightest of each graduating class.

Althea K. Hottel Award

The first honors among senior women is named for one of Penn's great pioneers in women's education. Althea Kratz Hottel earned three Penn degrees (B.S. in Education, 1929; M.A. in Sociology, 1934; Ph.D. in Sociology in 1940) and served as Directress of Women 1936-1943, and then as the first Dean of Women from 1943 until her retirement in 1959. The Hottel award was established in 1959 to honor "intellectual competence, commitment to ideals and principles, and loyalty to the University of Pennsylvania."

Gaylord P. Harnwell Award

In 1969, the senior class decided that more women should be recognized for their service to the university. At the same time, they wished to honor the contributions of Gaylord P. Harnwell, a distinguished nuclear physicist who had served as President of t he University since 1953 and had announced his retirement for the following year. The 2nd women's award is therefore given in honor of president Harnwell.

David R. Goddard Award.

Like the Harnwell award, the Goddard award was established in 1969 to recognize exemplary service to the University community. It is named in honor of a prominent professor of Botany, who served as Provost of the University from 1961 to 1970.

R. Jean Brownlee Award

First presented in 1977, this award was named in honor of a woman who served as dean of the College for Women from 1958 to 1975, and who fought for women's equality long before it was accepted. Rebecca Jean Brownlee earned 3 Penn degrees (BS. Education, 1 934, M.A. Political Science, 1936; Ph.D. Political Science, 1942), devoted more than 40 years of her career to Penn, and in 1986 received the University's Honorary Doctor of Laws in recognition of her extraordinary acchievements. The Brownlee award is symbolic of fourth honors among the senior women.


Year Althea K. Hottel Gaylord P. Harnwell David R. Goddard R. Jean Brownlee
1959Barbara Foster
1960Rosemary Yaecker
1961Martha Taylor
1962Mireille Lellouche
1963Mary Kay Pedersen
1964Elsbeth Joyce
1965Ellen Casey
1966Rebecca Bowers
1967R. Barbara Berger / Lynne Miller
1968Elizabeth Van Wezel
1969Mary SeleckyEllen CohenEllen Gordon / Linda Plotnick
1970Alice Mann / Mary SitgravesRona ZevinPatricia Dinneen
1971Miriam LabbokHope SukinJudith Teller / Adele Lindenmeyr
1972Linda MagoonClaudia CohenAnn Fleming
1973Anita SamaDonna WebsterLaureine Knight
1974Ruth Ann PriceSusan PeikesHolly O'Neil
1975Holly JamesHeidi SolomonCurrie Kelly
1976Tracy DibbleAnn KelleyCynthia Chanenson
1977Kimberly-Ann WoolwichRebecca PeikesAlison BenderKathleen Bell
1978Trish BrownEllen CooperAmy BorrusLori Goldstein
1979Kathryn SklarMaria ShaoDebra SilvermanBarri Bernstein
1980Laura Anne FogganJoanne WiseCharlotte BaronRuth Cornfeld
1981Allison AccursoGeralyn OrlovitzMindy CrandusEllen Goldberg
1982Cheryl SabanBarbara CantwellCarrie AltmanDawn Van Dam
1983Elizabeth CooperJeanne ReichLaurie DameshekElizabeth Lombardo
1984Stephanie DangelLori LandewKaren GlassPam Seidenman
1985Vicki BernsteinWendy PlattCarol TurnerKaren Barr
1986Jean ShermanGena KutinJennifer WeissRenee Solomon
1987Wendy FerberLisa GreenIlana LongHayley Bryant
1988Wendy BloomJill KaufmanColleen BuggsLaura Fuller
1989Suzanna PappasTraci MillerMegan O'BrienRachel Greenberger
1990Linda LaGorgaLynn HalpernTara FitzpatrickFarah Jiminez
1991Miriam (Duchess) HarrisTheresa E. SimmondsJodi KrasilovskySusan Moss
1992Barbara E. LewisChristina SmithMaureen Juliet HernandezHelen Jung
1993Allison BieberMichelle PelusoLisa NassHallie Levin
1994Jai-Jai RamseyLisa DeutschJun BangKirsten Bartok
1995Leigh MolinariJordana HornHa Thi NguyenTama Weinberg
1996Tamara DubowitzAlison DeitchHeather DorfLissette Calderon
1997Abby CloseKatinka DomotorffyRachel SheibeinKara Blond
1998Rachel Ehrlich Michelle Millstone Martha Speranza Bethany Rubin
1999 Samara A. Barend Janelle M. Brodsky Sarah B. Gleit Roshini S. Thayaparan
2000 Lisa Marshall Jennifer Brown Lindsay Faber Michele Sacks
2001 Diana M. Caramanico Lipika Goyal Dayna S. Platt Hoa T. Duong
2002 Dana E. Hork Lindsey F. Mathews LaToya J. Baldwin Jennifer Kwon
2003 Julia S. Gottlieb Aviva N. Moster Ella S. Schwartz Rebecca L. Silberman
2004 Meredith M. Seidel Jessica R. Brand Amy M. Potter Aparna Chandrasekhar
2005 Caroline A. Canty Paige S. Fitzgerald Jennifer J. Choi Imanni P.S. Wilkes
2006 Rachel I. Fersh Caroline E. Rothstein Hayley M. Gross Sheri E. Halpern
2007 Catherine C. Mark Kate E. Liberman Caroline G. Gammill Alexis Ruby Howe

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