Cornell Club of Washington

The Bondareff Award

About the Bondareff Award

The Bondareff Award was conceptualized by Howard Epstein '57 and modeled after similar awards given by other clubs to honor long and distinguished service. The award was named for Esther Schiff Bondareff ’37 and her husband, Daniel Bondareff ’36, to honor their many years of service to the Club. The Cornell Club of Washington first presented the award in 1984 to Bob McKinless '48.

2019 Bondareff Award Recipient

At the 2019 Annual dinner on May 14th, CCW awarded the 2019 Bondareff Award to Katherine Stifel ’87. She has served two terms as a director on the CCW Board and as Vice President for Programming for four years. She began serving as First Vice President in July 2017. Katherine has contributed substantially to numerous CCW events, including the April 2015 Silent Movies With Live Music at The Avalon Theatre and the May 2016 Tribute to Austin “Kip” Kiplinger to benefit the Scholarship Fund.

Katherine is a second-generation CCW Life Member, as her parents Gladys ’58 and Peter ’58 are also Life Members, along with brother Andrew ’91, all still living in the DC area. Members recall her as a teenager helping at the Annual Father’s Day Picnic at Kiplinger’s ‘Montevideo’ in Poolesville Maryland. Her service to CCW continues even while she establishes her own architectural practice. CCW and all its members are grateful for Katherine’s unwavering dedication and many years of service.

Bondareff Award Recipients

  • 2019 Katherine Stifel '87
  • 2018 Melvin Zurn '93
  • 2017 Diana Day '56
  • 2016 Knight Kiplinger '69
  • 2015 Eli Savada '72
  • 2014 Clint Brass '90
  • 2013 Steve Piekarec '74
  • 2012 Paul Coelus '80
  • 2011 Tomoko Morinaga '89
  • 2010 Janet Cornfeld '72
  • 2009 Dan Lavagna '98
  • 2008 Bill Newell '68
  • 2007 Robert (Bob) Day '56
  • 2006 Chuck Schilke '88
  • 2005 Judy Kopff '68
  • 2004 Jeff Goldstein '90
  • 2003 Carolyn DeWilde Casswell '90
  • 2002 Gil Keteltas '86
  • 2001 Linda Johnson '60
  • 2000 Grace Morgenstein ’65
  • 1999 Benson J. Simon, ’59, ’62
  • 1998 Lois Ullman Berkowitz ’59
  • 1997 Eliot Greenwald ’73
  • 1996 Dale S. Lazar ’74, ’77
  • 1995 John C. Rasmus ’63
  • 1994 Gladys Lunge Stifel ’58
  • 1993 Carol Benjamin Epstein ’61
  • 1992 Erik Landberg ’55
  • 1991 Adelbert (Pick) Mills ’36
  • 1990 Margaret (Peg) Tobin ’35
  • 1989 Matthias (Matt) P. Homan ’30
  • 1988 Edward C. Berkowitz ’56
  • 1987 Joseph Stregack ’63
  • 1986 Jerome C. Leonard ’34
  • 1985 Howard C. Epstein ’58
  • 1984 Robert F. (Bob) McKinless ’48
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