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Wayland-Smith Named Woerner Kollmorgen Award Recipient

  • Published: April 04, 2012


  • Robert Wayland-Smith is this year's Woerner Kollmorgen Award recipient
  • The Woerner Kollmorgen Award ceremony is Wednesday, April 18
  • The ceremony is in the Shults Center Forum from noon - 2 p.m.

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Wayland-Smith Named Woerner Kollmorgen Award Recipient

Nazareth College is pleased to announce the recipient of this year’s Woerner Kollmorgen Award, Robert Wayland-Smith, for his admirable efforts in improving the Greater Rochester community through his activism and volunteer work. The ceremony and luncheon recognizes individuals who have made notable contributions to the Rochester community in enhancing the quality of life for members of the community. This year’s ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 18 from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Nazareth College Otto A. Shults Center Forum on the Nazareth College campus.

A native of Oneida, New York, Wayland-Smith received his bachelor’s in economics from the University of Rochester in 1965. Since then, he has used his extensive knowledge and experience in economics to boost the Rochester economy through various projects and volunteer activities. In 1967, Wayland-Smith joined Lincoln Rochester Trust Company, subsequently acquired by Chase Manhattan Bank, where he fulfilled several senior management positions during his 31 years at the company including President and CEO of the Rochester Division Senior Upstate Trust and Investment Division Executive before retiring in 1998 to spend additional time in non-profit volunteer activities.

In addition to his notable dedication in his work, Wayland-Smith has made several commendable philanthropic contributions to the Rochester community.  Wayland-Smith has served on numerous boards, and currently still serves on the Rochester Institute of Technology, board of trustees; State University of New York at Geneseo, College Council; Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association, board of directors; and Hope Hall, development committee. In recognition of his efforts, Wayland-Smith has received numerous awards including the most recent Special Recognition Award, Young Women of Distinction Scholarship Award; Lifetime Social Justice Award from Flower City Habitat for Humanity; Eastman Legacy Award for Courage and Leadership in Public Policy, Center for Governmental Research; and Whitaker Service Medallion, Nathanial Rochester Society, Rochester Institute of Technology. His hard work and dedication make Wayland-Smith a deserving recipient of the prestigious Woerner Kollmorgen Award.

The Nazareth College Woerner Kollmorgen award is made possible by a donation from Don H. Kollmorgen and Louise Woerner.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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The Woerner Kollmorgen Award is administered through Nazareth College's Center for Civic Engagement

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