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.

2018 Bondareff Award Recipient

Melvin Zurn will complete his third term as a Director on the Board of the Cornell Club of Washington (CCW) in 2019. He also served as Vice President for Membership from 2005 to 2008. When he first came on the board, he volunteered to serve on CCW’s Investment and Audit Committee. As an investment professional, Mel studies the Club’s investments, recommends changes, and makes sure the accounts are fully diversified as a precaution against risk. According to the other Committee members, he is the only one who really understands investments.

During the few years when Mel had young children, he left the board but remained on the Investment and Audit Committee, where he continues to serve. He has also chaired the 2017 Annual Dinner, commemorating the 50th anniversary of combining of the men’s and women’s clubs into the Cornell Club of Washington in 1966, and the 2018 Annual Dinner.

CCW is grateful for Mel’s many years of service and for CCW’s continued stability.

Bondareff Award Recipients

  • 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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