distinguished alumni

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually at Homecoming in recognition of an alumna or alumnus who has made a distinctive and unique contribution to his or her profession and to society.

2016 Award Recipient: Nancy Hoyt Langbein ’56

In the Colby-Sawyer universe, there are few alumni who have done more than Nancy Hoyt Langbein to unite their class or to ensure that students have the opportunity to experience all that Colby-Sawyer has to offer.

Since graduating with her associate degree in liberal arts from Colby Junior College in 1956, Nancy has been one of the college’s most devoted alumni and loyal supporters. She is her class’s correspondent and has served as class agent since 1986, making her one of the college’s longest serving class volunteer. She has served on several of her class’s reunion committees. For the Class of 1956’s 50th reunion, Nancy spearheaded a gift campaign that exceeded its goal and established the first endowment for the Fine and Performing Arts Department. In 2006, her efforts on behalf of her class and college were recognized with the Colby-Sawyer Alumni Service Award.

Nancy, who received her bachelor’s degree in child study from Tufts University in 1958, shares her alma mater with her late sister, Barbara Hoyt Baker ’49 MT.

A resident of Brunswick, Maine, Nancy has attended every alumni event held along the state’s I-95 corridor for the past 30 years, earning her the unofficial title of Colby-Sawyer’s Maine Ambassador. Nancy and her husband, Ed, have hosted countless events in Mid-Coast Maine, including at their home. Ed, a graduate of Bowdoin College, and Nancy both recognize the importance of supporting the academic institutions that played such instrumental roles in their lives. In 2004, to reflect Nancy’s appreciation for the wonderful college experience that she enjoyed in New London, the couple joined Colby-Sawyer’s Heritage Society and established the Langbein Family Endowed Scholarship, which provides support for Maine students. They have also contributed to every capital project and campaign since 1956 and have made annual leadership gifts to the Colby-Sawyer Fund.

For her extraordinary contributions of support, financial and otherwise, to the college and students’ futures over the last six decades, Colby-Sawyer is thankful to count Nancy Hoyt Langbein among its alumni and proud to recognize her with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Past Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2015 Debra “Debbie” Bray Mitchell ’79
2014 Kurt Svoboda '00
2013 Pamela Stanley Bright '61
2012 Suzanne Turtle Millard '56
2011 Hilda Hutchins McCollum '58
2010 Joan “Pete” Peterson '49
2009 Hannah “Haydi” Caldwell Sowerwine '60
2008 JoAnn Franke Overfield '69
2007 Jean “Je-Je” Harding Pierce '47
2006 Leslie Wright Dow '57
2005 Mary Trafton Simonds '38
2004 Suzanne Simons Hammond '66
2003 Eleanor Morrison Goldthwait '51, '52
2002 Deborah Field McGrath '68
2001 Barbara Clough '31, '01
2000 Anne Winton Black '73, '75
1999 Sharon Fitzpatrick Merrill '68
1998 Diane Shugrue Gallagher '57
1997 Joyce Juskalian Kolligian '55
1996 Rebecca Young Robinson '64
1995 Veda Kaufman Levin '67
1994 Marilyn Moore Maslow '52
1993 Jan Brett '69