Category: 1980-1984

Douglas P. Cagwin*

Douglas spent a year the New York Military Academy before completing his degree in engineering as the senior class president at Syracuse University. He was also a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. Douglas served as trust officer and later vice president for the Merchants Bank & Trust Company. He was an active volunteer and board member with several charitable organizations including DeWitt Community Church, Loretto Rest, and the Syracuse YMCA.

Harold Edwards*

Harold was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Harvard Business School. He served as a first lieutenant in World War II and the Korean War. He then returned to Syracuse and worked for his father’s business, O.M. Edwards Company, where he later served as president and chairman of the board. Harold was a devoted public servant and board member of several nonprofit organizations including the Syracuse Council of Churches, YMCA and Council of Churches.

N. Earle Evans*

Earle Evan served on the Community Foundation’s board of directors in the 1980s.

William C. Francher*

William was a decorated Navy veteran of the Korean War and served on the USS New Jersey. He began his 43-year career at First Trust and Deposit Company, which later became Key Bank. He was executive vice president of Key Trust when he retired in 1991. During his career and after retirement he served on numerous business and philanthropic boards and committees.

Ronald N. Goddard*

Ronald enjoyed a successful business career during which he served as vice president and later president and CEO of Agway, Inc. During his lifetime, he served several charitable organizations, mostly regarding agriculture and farming. He was chairman of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, was a trustee of the National Future Farmers of America Foundation, and also served as director of Crouse Irving Memorial Foundation.

H. Follett Hodgkins*

Henry was a business leader and accomplished pianist. He held a B.S. in engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. (Sloan Fellowship) from MIT. He served as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of the family owned business Lipe Rollway Corporation. Follett served on the boards of many philanthropic organizations including Syracuse Symphony, Everson Museum, and Community General Hospital.

Thomas O. Mehen*

Dedicated to bettering the Syracuse community, Thomas served on the Downtown Special Assessment District Community in the 1960s. The group worked to revitalize the downtown Syracuse business district. He was also the manager of the former Sibley’s Department Store in Syracuse.

Richard C. Pietrafesa*

Richard C. Pietrafesa received a business degree from Syracuse University. He also graduated from Staunton Military academy and served in in the Navy as an electronics engineer in World War II. He carried out a long career with family company Learbury Clothes. Pietrafesa was an active philanthropist with many organizations including the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, the Everson Museum and Onondaga County Public Library.

Ernest L. Sarason*

Dr. Ernest L. Sarason was a prominent surgeon and community leader. He was an active member of many charitable organizations. He and his wife Dene Sarason were long-time community philanthropists.

Vaughn A. Skinner

Vaugn Skinner served on the Community Foundation’s board of directors in the 1980s.