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Zeve ’52 Earns RAA’s Highest Honor

The Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA) awarded Harvey Zeve ’52 its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, at its annual awards dinner, which took place on campus June 13. The DSA was created in 1967 to recognize service of the highest order to Rensselaer, to a profession, to the nation, and to humanity. Zeve is the 35th recipient of the award.

“Harvey Zeve may have graduated just over 50 years ago, but today he is more a part of the heart and soul of Rensselaer than ever,” said President Shirley Ann Jackson, who presented the award to Zeve.

Zeve is chairman and chief executive officer of H.L. Zeve Associates Inc., the investment counseling firm he founded in 1984 in Pittsburgh, where he has been active in many professional and community organizations.

His volunteer activities for Rensselaer began soon after his graduation, said Zeve, when he learned that alumni contributions enabled students like him to attend Rensselaer. Over the years he has provided leadership in many areas, as a class officer, fund raiser, and adviser. He is a past chair of the Rensselaer Fund, past president of the RAA, and has served on the Institute Board of Trustees since 1993. He and his wife, Florence, are members of the Livingston W. Houston Society of Patroons.

“A university could not ask for a more dedicated alumnus, nor could a community ask for a more committed volunteer,” said Jackson.

“It’s fun to see the result of your efforts,” said Zeve, naming the Alumni House, Walker Lab renovations, and scholarship recipients among the initiatives he has supported. “The best is allowing all our students to continue getting the wonderful education at Rensselaer.”

The RAA distributed nearly 30 awards at the ceremony, including Demers Medals, Alumni Key Awards, and special recognition for alumni chapters, phonathons, and admissions efforts.

“I’m especially pleased to be with you at this awards ceremony, where so many of my friends are being honored,” said Zeve. “I thank you fellow alumni and all previous recipients of the Distinguished Service Award. You made a path for me.”

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