Alumnus of the Year - Mr. Richard Malloch '75
After Richard Malloch graduated from Gordon in 1975, he began his career as a member of the policy staff to the assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. He then moved on to serve as a principal in the New York office of Morgan Stanley & Co., where he was involved in corporate finance and merger and acquisitions. Most of Richard’s professional life has been devoted to working with companies in the communications and technology industries. He was actively involved in expanding the Morgan Stanley media franchise to include cable television, cellular telephone, entertainment, and information technologies, and he helped to develop the firm’s media practice in Europe and Asia.
Joining Hearst in 1991, Richard was named deputy group head of Hearst’s Consumer Book Publishing and Trade Magazine Group. When Hearst sold its consumer book business in the late 1990s, he looked to re-invest the proceeds from the sale and build a fifth large operating group for Hearst. Changing the strategy and business model from the traditional approach, he moved the group toward revenue generated from subscriptions and licensing fees. In consideration of this new strategy, the group was renamed Hearst Business Media. Today, the business is more than 85% based on digital products and has shown substantial growth in the past 10 years. Hearst Business Media has become the second largest contributor to the Hearst Corporation. In addition to his role as president of Hearst Business Media, Richard is a senior vice president of Hearst Corporation and a member of the Board of Directors.
Young Alumni of the Year - Mr. Joshua '95 and Mrs. Sara Martinelli '94
Joshua and Sara Martinelli graduated from Gordon one year apart, in 1994 and 1995 respectively. Joshua holds degrees in history from Gordon and from Central Connecticut State University, while Sara majored in classical studies. He is president of their family-owned business in Canton, Connecticut, Salem Specialty Ball Company, which specializes in manufacturing and industrial supplies. Sara oversees the daily operations.
The Martinellis have a variety of interests. Josh appreciates sports cars and fly fishing. Sara sings with the Farmington Valley Chorale and serves on its board. She enjoys travel and culinary arts, and they both serve at their church.
Jack Good Community Service Award - Rev. Dr. Richard '58 and Rev. Carol Visser '57
In every community they have been a part of, Richard and Carol Visser have served abundantly. Both ordained ministers—Richard since 1962 and Carol since 1999—the Vissers have served churches in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Hampshire and Maine. In each location, they have found many ways to serve. Richard has volunteered for the Red Cross, on a county emergency management board, and on a number of human services advisory boards, and he founded and chaired a community chorus. Carol has served in a chaplaincy program, volunteered in women’s clubs and the American Cancer Society, helped lead a PTA, and served on various town committees. They both have held denominational leadership roles for many years. In 2010, Richard and Carol co-chaired the Celebration Committee for the 175th anniversary of A. J. Gordon’s birth.
In honor of their commitment to community service, the Vissers have been awarded the Distinguished Community Service Award by the Greater Waynesburg, Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, and the Volunteers of the Year Award by the Downtown Association of Brunswick, Maine.
A. J. Gordon Missionary Service Award - Mrs. Diane Holzmann '75
Diane Holzmann has made a career of ministering to people. Whether teaching music, assisting at a Christian school in New York, or leading a women’s Bible study in Germany, Diane's life has reflected Christ to others. She graduated from Gordon in 1975 with a music education degree, and in 1985, her life as a full-time missionary began—first in Austria, where she led Child Evangelism Fellowship clubs, and then in Germany, to which she and her husband Ted moved in 1996 to continue their work.
In Neuburg, Germany, Diane led worship and choirs, and mentored women. In 2005 she earned a master’s degree in pastoral counseling and spiritual formation, and after moving in 2006 to Mainburg, she ministered in pastoral counseling in Munich, and in music ministries in newly-planted churches. In 2011, she finished her second master’s, in clinical counseling. Diane and Ted now live in Wertingen, Germany, and are involved in a church-planting mission with TEAM, The Evangelical Alliance Mission. She continues to minister in music and hospitality; volunteer at a men’s prison and as a counselor at a psychiatric hospital; and to mentor women through sharing the Gospel.
Winifred Currie Award in Education - Dr. Janet Arndt '68
Dr. Janet Arndt truly exemplifies a dedicated educator in many realms. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Gordon, Janet earned her master’s degree from Boston University and her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has served in the public sector as a teacher, counselor, early childhood specialist, principal, and, for ten years, a policy-maker as a New Hampshire state representative.
Janet is an associate professor of education at Gordon, and directs the College’s Graduate Education program, and is committed to making that program the best it can be for all those who participate. She helps teacher candidates and alumni obtain teacher licensure in Massachusetts and in other states. She is a published author and serves on the board of the International Christian Community for Teacher Education, collaborating with fellow Christians in the training of future teachers.
Lifetime Achievement - Dr. Richard and Mrs. Jody Gross
Dr. Richard Gross received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College (Illinois) and received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan State University. Before coming to Gordon College, he was dean of students at Wheaton College and an assistant professor in the education department. In 1967, Dr. and Mrs. Gross came to the Gordon campus when he was named as dean of the college. Two years later, he became senior vice president. Upon Dr. Harold Ockenga’s retirement in 1976, Dr. and Mrs. Gross became the sixth president and first lady of Gordon College, and ushered in a new era of national recognition and respect for the institution.
During the next 16 years, President Gross and his administration championed faculty growth and development. In 1967, Gordon had 28 full-time faculty and 12 academic majors. By 1991, Gordon had a faculty of 75, and 28 majors. President Gross guided Gordon College through its hundredth anniversary in 1989, and led the College in major expansions in nearly every aspect of its mission until his retirement in 1992. Mrs. Gross oversaw the renovations to Wilson House after its purchase and hosted many guests and students as a tireless ambassador of Gordon hospitality and good will.