Two North Central College Life Trustees, John Case of Naperville and Clyde Erwin of Cromwell, Conn., were honored at North Central's Commencement exercises on June 12 with the Gael D. Swing Award for Meritorious Service.
The Swing Award was established in tribute to the eighth president of North Central College, Gael D. Swing, who died in 1990 just a month before completing his 15th year as president. It recognizes alumni, trustees and friends of North Central whose extraordinary service to the College exemplifies the quality and integrity that were hallmarks of Swing's tenure as president.
In naming the recipients, President Harold R. Wilde said the award "is a rare honor to be given to individuals whose impact on the College and generosity of spirit set them on a very special plateau. Certainly these words describe the people we are about to honor, two loyal and generous trustees who together have contributed 80 years of service to the College's Board of Trustees."
Case is owner and president of Agrinetics, Inc. in Naperville and a dedicated public servant. He has served on the boards of DuPage County, Park National Bank and Pace and was supervisor of Lisle Township. In 1971, he became a member of North Central College's Board of Trustees, served as its chair, was a longtime member of the Business Affairs Committee and, in 2002, was named a life trustee. He was instrumental in sustaining the College through perhaps the most challenging period in its history--in the early 1970s. In 1977, he was named an honorary alumnus and member of the North Central's Alumni Association.
Erwin graduated from North Central College in 1950 and received his J.D. degree from George Washington University. He enjoyed a distinguished career as a patent attorney with Meriam, Marshall, Shapiro & Klose in Chicago and as a litigation specialist for Union Carbide Corporation in New York City. He has served as a College trustee since 1969, becoming a life trustee in 2002. For many years, he was a key figure on the Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee, as well as the Investments Committee, the Public Affairs and Development Committee, the Master Plan Steering Committee and more. In 1990, he received North Central's Outstanding Alumni Award, recognizing his service to his alma mater.
The generosity and guidance of both Case and Erwin were foundational to the College's current success, said Wilde, and "as we look ahead, we must never forget whose shoulders we stand upon."
Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in Naperville, Ill., North Central is recognized as one of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, which cites it as one of the top six schools in the Midwest for "Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching"; as "a college for high-achieving students" by Peterson's Competitive Colleges; and as one of "America's Best Colleges" by Forbes.