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Columbia College Honors Five Distinguished Alumni with John Jay Awards

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Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger (far right) honors alumni at John Jay Awards.

Photos by Eileen Barroso

Columbia College honored five of its most accomplished alumni – Eric Foner, ’63, David A. Paterson, ’77, Paul C. McCormick, ’78, Charles W. Santoro, ’82, and Lisa Landau Carnoy, ’89 – with John Jay Awards for distinguished professional achievement in a celebration at Cipriani 42nd Street on Thursday, March 1, 2007.

The annual John Jay Awards are named after the first chief justice of the United States, a member of the King’s College class of 1764. Proceeds from the dinner support the John Jay National Scholarship Program, which provides financial aid and special programming for College students.

This year’s 2007 honorees represent a range of careers: historian, New York State’s lieutenant governor, a neurosurgeon, an investment banker and a managing director of an equity capital firm.

Eric Foner is currently the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia, and has authored several books on American intellectual, political and social history. He is a finalist for the National book award as well as the general editor for the Penguin History of the United States. Foner has been a curator for museum exhibitions at the Chicago Historical Society and the Virginia Historical Society. Foner is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the British Academy, and is also the president of the Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, and Society of American Historians.

Foner has taught at City University of New York and is a recipient of the Great Teacher Award and the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching at Columbia.

David A. Paterson is Lt. Governor of the State of New York, elected with Gov. Eliot Spitzer in a landslide last November. He is the first African American to serve as lieutenant governor; he does so after decades of effective public service to New York and Upper Manhattan, in particular. Beginning his career in government by working for the Queens District Attorney’s Office, Paterson was elected to the New York State Senate in 1985, becoming the State Senate Minority Leader in 2002.

A 1977 graduate of Columbia College, he shares his knowledge and experience with the current generation of students by serving as an adjunct professor teaching urban planning courses at Columbia’s School for International and Public Affairs. Paterson, who is legally blind, is also a leading advocate for the visually and physically challenged and a member of the American Foundation for the Blind.

Dr. Paul C. McCormick is a world renowned expert on the microsurgical treatment of spinal cord tumors and vascular malformations. After working at several hospitals, including the New York Neurological Institute, Dr. McCormick is now serving as the medical director of the Comprehensive Spine Center at Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. McCormick quickly rose as faculty member at the College of Physicians and Surgeons to become a Gallen Professor of Neurosurgery in 2001. He has written or co-authored more than 130 publications, including eight books. He currently serves on the editorial board of five peer reviewed journals and on the executive committee of American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Charles W. Santoro in an investment banker and has succeeded in the world of private equity and banking by holding leadership positions with market leaders including Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney and Paine Webber. With a breadth of experience from working both in New York and London, Santoro became the youngest managing director at Smith Barney. Santoro co-founded Sterling Investment Partners and is one of four managing partners and the firm’s largest individual investor.

Along with his professional success, Santoro is a director of the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation and the Armed Forces Family Scholarship & Assistance Fund. He also sits on various public and private corporate boards and serves as Chairman of the Board for both U.S. Maintenance and Fairway Market. Santoro is a lead donor for the new Columbia rowing center and is a member of the Campaign Committee for Undergraduate Education and Faculty Development.

Lisa Landau Carnoy is the managing director and co-head of Equity Capital Markets Americas for Merrill Lynch, where she has been able to work on more than 350 lead-managed transactions in various sectors. Carnoy serves on a number of internal committees at the company, including the Managing Director Promotions Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Council. Carnoy came to Merrill Lynch after working for Drexel, Burnham & Lambert, Bear Stearns, and Wasserstein Perella.

Carnoy is an active alumnus of both Columbia College and Harvard Business School. She was the director of Columbia’s Alumni Association from 1990 to 2002, in addition to being a member of the Executive Board and Vice President of Athletics.

Published: Mar 05, 2007
Last modified: Mar 07, 2007