|College Presents Founders Award to Geoffrey and Steven Lorenz; Honors Lifetime Vickroy Associates
Lebanon Valley College’s most ardent supporters gathered November 22 at The Hotel Hershey for The Thomas Rhys Vickroy Society dinner, honoring The 1866 Circle, President’s Circle, Five Founders’ Circle, and Trustees’ Circle, and for the presentation of the 2013 Founders Award.
The Founders Award recipients, Steven and Geoffrey Lorenz, great-grandsons of LVC’s fourth president Rev. Edmund S. Lorenz H’36, were honored for their vast contributions to the music industry and their leading voices in the fields of publishing and music business.
“Before I arrived on campus, I made it a point to read the College’s ‘Centennial History’,” said LVC President Dr. Lewis Evitts Thayne. “I was struck by the way in which the author, Dr. Paul Wallace, details the accomplishments of LVC's fourth president, Edmund S. Lorenz. When Reverend Edmund S. Lorenz H’36 arrived at Lebanon Valley College in the fall of 1887, he found an abruptly vacated presidency, inadequate facilities, a precarious financial situation, and an underpaid faculty. In less than a year’s time, President Lorenz’s discernment and vision culminated in the largest enrollment and best financial report since the College had opened its doors more than two decades earlier.”
In June 1888, Rev. Lorenz led the Board of Trustees to establish a conservatory of music and to award the degree of Bachelor of Music. On the 125th anniversary of that transformational year, the College bestowed his great-grandsons with the Founders Award for their vast contributions to the music industry and their leading voices in the fields of publishing and music business.
Steven and Geoffrey have helped lead the Lorenz Corporation to become one of the foremost publishers of music for both church and school. Geoffrey serves as chairman of the board of the Lorenz Corporation; he has guided the company through numerous acquisitions and creative endeavors. After years of successful partnership with his brother, Steven purchased Lorenz Creative Services and expanded his career in publishing, record production, and artist management. Today, Steven is the CEO and chairman of Missions Development International.
Lebanon Valley College’s Founders Award celebrates the College’s founding 147 years ago, when the United Brethren Church established LVC under the leadership of founders George Washington Miles Rigor and Thomas Rhys Vickroy. The Founders Award recognizes individuals whose character, achievements, and contributions to society exemplify the mission of Lebanon Valley College and the spirit of its founders. This year, for the first time, the College presented an elegant, crafted Founders Medal designed by the renowned New York City firm, Michael C. Fina, the creators of the medal awarded to golf’s U.S. Open Champion each year.
Named after the College’s founding president, Thomas Rhys Vickroy, the Vickroy Society recognizes gifts of $1,000 and above given to the College for any purpose during each academic year. Alumni, parents, and friends who are members of the Vickroy Society have demonstrated outstanding leadership in support of Lebanon Valley College and provided more than $1.4 million in financial resources to the College during the last academic year.
In recognition of their lasting commitment to LVC, the College recognized new Lifetime Vickroy Associates—those whose giving has exceeded $100,000. This year’s honorees were presented with a special lithograph depicting the campus in the late 1990s. The honorees include:
• Harold Engle Jr. ’51
• Dr. Stephen MacDonald, 17th President of Lebanon Valley College, and Mary Warner
• Dr. Lynn Garrett Phillips ’68 and her late husband, Dr. Edward Phillips
• Robert Unger ’69 and Dr. Elizabeth Robinson Unger ’72
In addition to the Lifetime Vickroy Associates, the College inducted a new member of The Laureate Society, which recognizes those individuals whose extraordinary gifts to the College, made during their lifetime or posthumously, total one million dollars or more. The honoree, Dr. John “Jack” Bowman Allwein ’56 was honored posthumously for his exception commitment to LVC through his estate, estimated to be in the range of $5 million, making it the largest estate gift in the 147-year history of the College.
President Thayne concluded the evening with a challenge, asking all to “make the College your highest priority in giving as we transition to a more diverse, globally-minded, and innovative college that serves our region, our society and our world.”