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HGS '65 *** Bill Kneisel Receives the Hopkins Medal!

On Sunday, November 6, 2005 Hopkins School awarded our classmate, Bill Kneisel, the Hopkins Medal. "awarded to a member of the Hopkins family for unparalleled commitment, devotion, and loyalty to the Hopkins family." Here are text and images from that memorable event in the history of our class.
Here is the program text:

"The leadership and generosity demonstrated by Bill Kneisel '65 have made an indelible mark on the Hopkins community. Bill retired this past year after thirteen years as a Trustee, five as Chair of the Steering Committee in the 1990's Campaign for Hopkins, seven as the Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Investment Com­mittee, and the last five years as President. Bill completed his tenure as Trustee with an extraordinary legacy of achievement: growing the endowment, improving and expanding facilities, carrying out a Head search which resulted in the appointment of the first female Head of Hopkins School, and developing master plans and finan­cial plans to carry Hopkins securely into its future. His passion for Hopkins continues as Bill recently assumed the role of Chair of a new Steering Committee, which will assess and undertake our next capital raising initiative."

"In 1990, during his twenty-fifth reunion year, Bill initiated the Hopkins reunion class gift fund for endowment with a significant contribution, successfully encouraging alumni/ae to support the endowment. He was also innovative when he established an irre­vocable Charitable Remainder Trust with current and deferred gifts to ultimately benefit the faculty. He has created the Ann Kneisel Library Endowment Fund to honor his mother and has supported virtually every aspect of Hopkins life, most recently in funding the construction of our new athletic fields."

"After graduating from Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School, Bill joined Morgan Stanley & Company where he became, in time, Head of international investment banking activities for Europe and, then, the Managing Director responsible for equity capital markets activities worldwide. After six years in London, Bill returned to Connecticut with his wife Anne, and two sons, Jamie and Tyler."

"In his retirement from the world of finance, Bill has dedicated his talent and resources to several prominent educational institutions, but most exceptionally to Hopkins School."

Below are some images from the award ceremony.

The reception


Pat Borgesan and Deena Mack, Bill's wife,  from the Development Office

Bill works the crowd.

Hutch and Prof. Jane Levin, wife of Yale's President and mother of 4 children who attended Hopkins

This young couple moved to New Haven so that their children could attend Hopkins. He is Professor Martin Bloomer and she is Sharon Livieri Bloomer, Hopkins '86. Professor Bloomer commutes to Notre Dame University!

The Hopkins Honors Choir performed


Click here to hear a clip of the singing.

They look so young

"When morning breaks I must sing..."

Bill listens.

David Newton, '67. President of the Board of Trustees

Bill with his wife, Anne, and mother, Ann, listening to David Newton's address.

Merrick Kleeman, '81, Trustee


About to receive the award



O tempora O mores...

Quod felix faustumque sit.

Tibi gratias ago

Bill spoke eloquently..

,,,and received a standing ovation.

Hutch with Barbara Riley

Bill and his wife Anne


Bill with wife Anne and sons Tyler and Jamie

HGS'65: Bill Mack, Bill Kneisel, John Mordes, and Dick Hutchinson


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