Syracuse University

Melvin Eggers Senior Alumni Award

Established in 1988 by Chancellor Emeritus William P. Tolley, the Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award "was created out of my deep respect and admiration for Chancellor Eggers and to honor senior alumni whose leadership and service to society has been joined with loyalty and service to Syracuse University."

The award is presented to those alumni who have graduated more than 50 years ago and have demonstrated loyalty and service to Syracuse University. It is conferred at the Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award Dinner during Orange Central weekend.

To learn more about the Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award or to nominate an alum, contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 315.443.3258.

Our 2014 Recipients

Marylyn (Turner) Ginsburg-Klaus ’56, G’57

Marylyn (Turner) Ginsburg-Klaus ’56, G’57

Upstate New York native Marylyn Ginsburg-Klaus earned her bachelor and master of fine arts degrees from Syracuse University. She began her professional career as a junior high and high school art teacher, spending eight years teaching in public schools in New York, New Jersey, and then in California, where she now resides. While raising her three sons, Klaus also earned a law degree while attending night school at Northrop University.

In 1980, she established the Grand House Management Company, channeling her creativity into redeveloping and transforming properties in San Pedro, the harbor area of Los Angeles. Such ventures included a bed and breakfast at a site used by Warner Bros. for their film, “Swing Shift,” starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Next door, she had already established her first restaurant, The Grand House, which won favorable reviews from restaurant writers of the time, including those from Gourmet Magazine. The purchase of an older property on 7th Street was a new challenge, but after research in London and an architect’s help, this location became The Whale & Ale, still in operation today.

Later on, Klaus purchased the property next door that became The Grand Emporium, currently featuring vintage vinyl, film and books, and operated by her husband, Chuck Klaus, a former National Public Radio producer and host. While working in San Pedro, she served on several local boards, including the San Pedro Peninsula Chamber of Commerce (president in 1988-89), the B.I.D., S.P.R.C., and Soroptimist International of L.A. Harbor (president in 1993-94). Klaus’s leadership as an entrepreneur in the State of California was recognized in 1989 when she received an Outstanding Businesswoman’s Award at the Governor’s Conference for Women. She was one of three California delegates selected to attend the 33rd National Security Forum in 1986. Other awards and commendations have come from the California Legislature, Senate, U.S.A.F. Space Division, Port of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and City Council, as well as various community organizations.

As an active member of the Rotary Club for many years, Klaus’s special interest involved many international projects, including organizing and leading a study exchange project in 1990 with the Dialog Group in the (then) Soviet Union. In 1996, she was successful in obtaining a Rotary Foundation matching grant to support an Orphan House Project in the town of Sintana, Romania. She worked with other Rotarians in her district to provide sponsors for polio corrective surgery in India and participated in two of the actual projects in that nation. For many years she hosted members of Rotary Group Study Exchange and has been actively assisting with a very special project for youth near Colima, Mexico, called Project Amigo, where she and her husband spent a work week in March 2014. While there, she visited with Nallely, a young woman who has received her educational support from Klaus since she was in junior high school and who is currently completing her final year of law school at Colima University.

Klaus’s many local philanthropic and civic engagement activities include support of the Palos Verdes Center for the Performing Arts, the Palos Verdes Art Center and Museum of Latin American Art, where she was a sponsor for Frida Kahlo and Esterio Segura exhibitions. At Syracuse University she serves on the College of Visual and Performing Arts Advisory Council, sponsors the Art Week in L.A. program for MFA graduate students, and more recently established the Turner Post-MFA Engagement Fellowship, as well as providing significant support for the Setnor School of Music’s All-Steinway campaign.

In her spare time, Klaus enjoys spending time with husband, Chuck, as well as family and friends. That family includes sons Jeffrey, Daniel, and Gregory, their wives, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She continues to be an avid reader, traveler, gardener, art collector, and photographer. Marylyn and Chuck hope to continue to support education and the arts as much as they can and invite others to join them!

Irma (Ginsberg) Kalish ’45, H’07

Irma (Ginsberg) Kalish ’45, H’07

Irma (Ginsberg) Kalish is an award-winning film and television writer/ producer.

A Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, she has had an award-winning career in the television industry as one of the first women to write for television and produce a television series. Her writing credits include hundreds of scripts for many popular and groundbreaking comedy series; her script collection is now part of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Kalish is a former president of Women in Film and currently serves on its Foundation Board of Trustees. She is past vice president and board member of the Writers Guild of America, West, and in 2004 received the Guild’s Valentine Davies Award, given to writers who have contributed to the entertainment industry and brought dignity and honor to the writing profession. Kalish is also a trustee of the Motion Picture and Television Fund.

She is an emeritus Advisory Council member of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and currently serves on the board of Syracuse University’s Alumni Club of Southern California. In recognition of her years of service to Syracuse, Kalish was installed on the Newhouse School’s Wall of Fame and the Alumni Gallery in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1997, she received the George Arents Award and an honorary doctorate in speech and dramatic arts in May 2007.

Kalish has taught master classes in screenwriting at the Newhouse School, University of Southern California, and the University of California, Los Angeles, and is the author of two mystery novels.

Kalish has been married for seven happy years—and seven out of 66 is not bad—to writer/director Austin (Rocky) Kalish. They have daughter, Nancy; a son, Bruce; and two grandsons.

Previous Recipients


Donald G. Hornung ’53

Penny Jones Allyn ’60
William Allyn G’59
Shirley Fenner Reidenbaugh ’54

Edward S. Miller ’51
Kenneth R. Sparks ’56, G’61, G’64,

Brad Strait ’58, G’60, G’65

Gregg Doherty ’55

Eta Pi Upsilon Alumnae Board

Marshall M. Gelfand ’50
Robert S. Rosenthal ’53

Warren Boin ’42
Mel Elfin ’51
Robert Laubach G’56, G’63
Jack Stewart ’46, G’50
Wilfreda Stone ’43, G’44

Donald Ingram ’54, G’60
Eleanor Ludwig ’43, G’45
Joseph Strasser ’53, G’58
Janet Weltmann ’35

William C. Archbold ’50
Marilyn Johnson Giancola ’46
Allen C. Ritz ’35
June Vetter Rose ’35, ’36, G’43
Harold A. Schlotzhauer ’38

Charles A. Chappell, Jr. ’49
Elizabeth Mary Henes ’42, G’43, G’51
Rev. Irving G. Hill ’50
Marcia C. Hill ’50, G’84

Janet Gustafson ’46
H. Clayton Holbrook ’36
William K. Phipps ’47, G’50, Ph.D.’70
Ruth Ross Sager ’47
Flora A. Workman ’46, G’64

Miriam Decker Alsever ’37
Yvonne Miller Phillips ’41, G’70
George C. Stafford ’48, G’72

Martin S. Dembo ’35
Irwin Guttag ’37
Marjorie Vogel Guttag ’38
Irving Hotze ’43
Beverly Blaney Martin ’48, ’60, G’70

Barbara Nicholson Conklin ’44
William P. Conklin ’44
Richard J. Fay ’44
Dorothy Golub Spira ’28 (Posthumous)

Douglas P. Cagwin ’41
Anne Pinck Easter ’35
L. Edgar Prina ’38, G’40

Marcus Clements ’36
Beth Maxwell Duncan ’38
Morris 'Mike' Weeden ’41

Virginia Guilfoil Allen ’40
Jerome R. Gerber ’34
Arlene Liberman Gerber ’34

Forrest H. Witmeyer ’28

The Rev. Dr. Charles Boddie ’33
Walter S. Kiebach ’36
Mary Gilmore Smith ’29, G’38

Horace J. Landry ’34, G’36
Dorothea Ilgen Shaffer ’33, H’90
Elaine Benderoff Spector ’42
Joseph Spector ’38, G’41

Bettina Barrett Chapman ’33
Florence Kerins Murray ’38
Royal L. O'Day ’36
Albert Ornstein ’33

Kathleen Walker Rossman ’39
Newell W. Rossman Jr. ’39
Virginia C. Simons ’42, G’54
Lois Gannet Vosburgh ’32

Harvey O. Banks ’30
Pearle Ness Clements ’35
Walter Rose ’19, G’22
Frank J. Schantz ’31

Abbie Harper Bigelow ’22
Harry D. Goldman ’25
Julius Kahn ’22
Anthony Toney ’34

Paul C. Baldwin ’36
Bernard S. Cohen ’35, JD’38
Edythe Farnham Ely G ’32
Anne Marie Hurley Reynolds ’28

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