Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society

WHARTON GRADUATE EMERITUS SOCIETY

Tom Hadlock, Chairman of WGES

Founded in 2003, the Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society (WGES)  is the distinguished and active group of Wharton MBA alumni who graduated from the School more than forty-five years ago. WGES encourages fellow alumni to continue investing their Wharton-based experience and talents to enhance the quality of life for their colleagues, community and country.

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Crandall Citation Awards, May 14, 2022

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May Reunion Dinner Photo: Russell Redenbaugh WG’69 and Rebecca Rygh

Attendees at WGES Reunion Dinner May 14, 2022

WGES Chair Report for Jan-June, 2022

Chairman’s Report for the Alumni Outreach Committee

Letter to the 1972 and 1977 WG Graduation Classes

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WGES Spotlight

 L.ew H. Knickerbocker, WG’64

Some Wharton grads, upon retirement, look forward to a life of golf, bridge and cruises to exotic places. Others pick up on early interests in life and ‘reinvent’ themselves during their 3rd life. Lew Knickerbocker is in the later category, so he ha bee selected for the first of our monthly website “Spotlight” on WGES members.

Lew Knickerbocker spent his early days with the U.S. military which sent him around the globe in assignments including clandestine activities and special operations. Along the way, he earned an MBA from the Wharton School and a doctorate from Maryland. On leaving the military, he taught for a number of years at the university level before joining a Fortune 500 company as a department executive. On retirement, he formed an international consultancy that he sold after losing his eyesight.

He has written off and on throughout his life. During his teen years, he wrote a number of short stories, many of which were published in local magazines. One was chosen for inclusion in the national book “New Writers of 1954.” In the late ’70s, he was recruited by a magazine in Rochester, N.Y., to write a restaurant column.

He then started to write again in1990s, publishing two nonfiction works, followed by fiction works several of which have been recorded by the Library of Congress for its Books on Tape program. His last five books since 2006 have included the following:

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He now lives in Southwest Florida. After 69 years as a sighted person, he is now blind. In his own words:”Since I was annoying my partner, she order me to my room, gave me a dictating machines and said ’Write a book!’ Being a good soldier, I did. Result: what you have read.”

Crandall Citation Awards, May 14, 2022

Crandall Citation awards were presented at the reunion dinner to on May 14 2022 to (from left to right)

CitationAwardees

Russell Redenbugh, WG’69. (20)
Reid Becker, WG’74 (20)
Malcolm Bund, WG’74 (21)
Bob Crawford, WG’63 (22)

Because of Covid, Russell and Reid had to wait two years to receive their Citation and Malcolm one year

WGES Spotlight

 L.ew H. Knickerbocker, WG’64

Some Wharton grads, upon retirement, look forward to a life of golf, bridge and cruises to exotic places. Others pick up on early interests in life and ‘reinvent’ themselves during their 3rd life. Lew Knickerbocker is in the later category, so he ha bee selected for the first of our monthly website “Spotlight” on WGES members.

Lew Knickerbocker spent his early days with the U.S. military which sent him around the globe in assignments including clandestine activities and special operations. Along the way, he earned an MBA from the Wharton School and a doctorate from Maryland. On leaving the military, he taught for a number of years at the university level before joining a Fortune 500 company as a department executive. On retirement, he formed an international consultancy that he sold after losing his eyesight.

He has written off and on throughout his life. During his teen years, he wrote a number of short stories, many of which were published in local magazines. One was chosen for inclusion in the national book “New Writers of 1954.” In the late ’70s, he was recruited by a magazine in Rochester, N.Y., to write a restaurant column.

He then started to write again in1990s, publishing two nonfiction works, followed by fiction works several of which have been recorded by the Library of Congress for its Books on Tape program. His last five books since 2006 have included the following:

Lew Knickerbocker bookLew Knickerbocker bookLew Knickerbocker bookLew Knickerbocker book

He now lives in Southwest Florida. After 69 years as a sighted person, he is now blind. In his own words:”Since I was annoying my partner, she order me to my room, gave me a dictating machines and said ’Write a book!’ Being a good soldier, I did. Result: what you have read.”

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The Crandall Challenge

This citation is in recognition of the large number of members who draw upon their Wharton Graduate acquired knowledge, talents, and experience to make a significant contribution to the improvement of community and national socio-economic quality of life through continuous and significant volunteer endeavors.

The Crandall Challenge

This citation is in recognition of the large number of members who draw upon their Wharton Graduate acquired knowledge, talents, and experience to make a significant contribution to the improvement of community and national socio-economic quality of life through continuous and significant volunteer endeavors.

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Lifelong Learning

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The Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society has group pages on both LinkedIn and Facebook. The purpose of these groups is to bring you current information about the School, and its students, faculty and curriculum, to bring you information on what the world is saying about Wharton, and to provide you with other information of interest to WGES members.

If you are a member of LinkedIn or Facebook you can search for “Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society” and ask to become a member of one of these groups. You could also email Rick Perkins at raperk1@gmail.com and he will invite you to become a member of one of the groups.

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