Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society
The Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society (WGES) was established in 2008 with the mission of welcoming into its membership Wharton graduate alumni who have celebrated their 45th reunion and beyond. The WGES goal is to strengthen ties with the School, senior alumni and the community.
WGES is unique. No other first line business graduate school in the USA has a Society of distinguished emeritii grads. A major area of WGES’s focus is creating an awareness that beyond their careers’ efforts to build a strong USA and world economy, in their ‘retirement’ Wharton Graduates voluntarily contribute their Wharton-acquired talents and experience to continue improving their communities , their country and even the world.
Most of the WGES communications and meetings are thru social media and are virtual. Twice a year, members congregate on the Penn/Wharton campus: in the Fall for Homecoming and in May for Reunions at graduation time.
WGES is guided by a Leadership Committee chaired by the Tom Hadlock, WG’66
Brief bios and photos of Committee Members are on the WGES website (see Leadership Committee Page of this website)
WGES programs and projects include: (for more information contact)
- Crandall Challenge Citation for volunteer efforts: McClain Gordon, WG’73
- Mentoring students and recent graduates: John D’Luhy, WG’59
- Wharton Webinars: Eugene Aaron, WG’73
- Start Ups and Entrepreneurs: Steve Garchik, WG’76
- Wharton Magazine Class Correspondents
The link to our website:
And to our Facebook/LinkedIn links:
Contact Coordinator: Rick Perkins
The WGES founders were:
Jack Smith, WG’52 deceased
Carl Schaifer, WG’57
Gene DiRe, WG’52 deceased
Matti K. Gershenfeld, WG’51 deceased
Tom Jones, WG’58 deceased
Cliff Leventhal, WG’56
Salomon Moussatche, WG’48
Milt Silver, WG’52 deceased
Tom Vincent, WG’56
Myron Weiner, WG’51
Quincy Williams, WG’57
WGES 2021 Crandall Challenge Citation Recipients Named
Several years ago WGES invited Bob Crandall to speak at our annual meeting. Bob is WG’60, past Chairman of American Airlines and inventor of the Frequent Flyer Program.
He challenged Wharton MBA’s as follows: Continue to use the exemplary business education you received at Wharton Graduate; do so past your retirement age; do so in a not-for-profit mode; do good works that benefit society.
This was the birth of the Crandall Challenge Citations.
Each year we put the word out thru Wharton Magazine class correspondents, the Wharton Clubs worldwide, and emails to all Emeritus Wharton MBA’s. Tell us about your good works post-retirement and during your business career. If your good works continue on into your retirement years, that’s key.
This year’s Crandall Challenge Citation recipients are:
In theRegional/Local category—Malcolm Bund WG’74.
In the National/International category—David Nevins WG’70.
From Malcolm Bund’s Submission. “My private equity group bought Precision Alternator and Starter. Thereafter I started a private/public sector non-profit to provide transportation to the needy, Vehicles for Change (VFC). VFC has been a home run. Today, 22 years after inception in 1998, we have provided over 8000 vehicles to the needy, who have achieved 30% higher wages as a result of having their own transportation. In addition VFC trains released prisoners to become auto mechanics through training and ASE certification. Since 2015 VFC has placed 150 mechanics in gainful employment with several graduates earning six figures.” Key Advisor to Kitchens for Good (KFG), which trains ex-cons to work in the food service industry. Trainees take donated commodities and prepare meals donated to the homeless and the disadvantaged.
From David Nevins’ Submission. “In 2011 I became frustrated with the unbridled lack of civility, crippling partisanship and dysfunctional gridlock that prevents our country from solving the serious problems our nation faces. After serving on the board of directors of several bipartisan non-profits I co-founded the Bridge Alliance in 2014 of which I am now the chairman of the board. The Bridge Alliance has had remarkable growth and is now an alliance of over 100 organizations all working to create the healthy self-governance that is promised in our founding documents and so badly needed in our country. The work of the Bridge Alliance the last 5 years is now recognized and referenced as a critical component and coalition… a cross-partisan constituency of 11M+ Americans who are dedicated to renewing our democracy.”
Eugene DiRe, WG’52
A lifelong Philadelphian, Gene was born on November 21, 1927. His family moved from South Philadelphia to Germantown while he was a boy. His graduation from LaSalle High School and Villanova University were manifestations of his deep, life-long Catholic faith.
Gene made good use of his Wharton Graduate knowledge as a highly successful real estate and health insurance broker, and developer specializing in historic building. He played an important role in many major commercial development in Philadelphia. He was a leading producer for UGA, one of the nation’s leading full range consumer and business financing company.
Gene married the love of his life, the wonderful Nancy, and they have a daughter Gabriella who followed the DiRe’s Catholic education tradition, graduating from Rosemont. Because of his interest in restoration of Philadelphia’s historic district, Gene and Nancy restored the home they lived in.
As a founding member of the Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society, Gene led the Leadership committee in reaching out to many Wharton and Penn clubs, particularly the Philadelphia and New York clubs. Always wishing to get Wharton Graduates together, Gene organized countess brunches and dinners. He cared.
Gene passed away on March 19, 2021. He will be missed.
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