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Special Service Award

Special Service Award

For volunteer service to the University of Dayton

The Special Service Award is presented to an alumnus who has performed a special service or displayed exceptional diligence on behalf of the University of Dayton.

Special Service awards are given for extended service or for successfully completing a special project or program on behalf of the University or the Alumni Association. To be eligible, a person must hold a degree from the University of Dayton.

William M. Tweed ’70 and Jan Tweed

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering Technology
William M. Tweed ’70 and Jan Tweed
William M. Tweed ’70 and Jan Tweed

As a child growing up in Cleveland, William M. Tweed didn’t think attending college was possible. His mother had a fifth-grade education, and his father didn’t finish high school.

But, with the help of a high school counselor, he studied mechanical engineering at the University of Dayton. He said he found incredible generosity in the UD community, especially among his fraternity brothers in Alpha Phi Alpha. This included work from the mother of a fraternity member, which helped Tweed pay his tuition bill.

After UD, Tweed had a 47-year career as an engineer and owner of General Pump Co., a water utility engineering company in Southern California. When Tweed retired and sold it in 2017, he began to think about giving back.

He spoke with UD President Eric F. Spina and soon realized the two shared the same vision for a more diverse campus. Through a financial commitment from the Tweeds, the Flyer Promise Scholars Program was born — serving to remove financial barriers for high-achieving underrepresented students.

“I’ve found that the more you help others, the more that they help you,” he said. His wife, Jan, a former retail executive, said she enjoys meeting the scholars and seeing their leadership on campus.

“Meeting these kids — they are all so focused and confident,” she said. “Every single one of them is amazing, ready to tackle the world.”

The program began in 2017 with founding support of the Tweeds and graduated its first class of 40 students in May 2021.

Past Recipients

Robert & Jacqueline Aumer '68
Margaret Baker '41
Richard Beach '52
John Beran '74, '79
Jerome Bishop '59
Jack R. Brown '26
Michael Bryce '74
Fr. Norbert Burns, SM '45
Gerald Bushman '25
Robert L. Butler '42
Eleanor Kelly Budic '71
Mark '72 & Mariann Callahan '73
Mary Clark '68
Suzanne Columbus '68
Robert Conger '57
Robert E. Daley '55
Walter A. DeAnna '62
Doris Drees, Ph.D. 54
Joseph & Mary Jane Duffy '56
Lawrence Eveslage, S.M. '31
Richard Finan '54
Frank Geraci '73 '77
Vicki Edwards Giambrone '81
James Gilvary '51
Frederick Grimm '49
Wilbert L. Hamm, S.M. '44
Paul Heckman '38
Mary Beth Hickey '74
Joaquin Hidalgo '83
T. J. Hollenkamp '37
Steven J. Junker '84
Lawrence P. Keller '67
Christopher Kerner '75
Richard & Barbara King '60
C. William & Kathleen Kinzeler '70
Raymond & Regina Kohl '50
John M. Korn '57
Edward '50 & Mary Krach
Peter Kuntz '50
Eleanor A. Kurtz '47
Robert N. Kuzmick '74
Edward Longo '57
Brian R. '79 & Renai A Lowry '75
Anthony E. Lupia '74
George Maas, Jr. '61
Dennis Marx '68
Carl H. Mayer '66
Joseph J. McLaughlin
Mary F. Minnis '79
Bette Rogge Morse '44
J.P. Nauseef '88
Betty Ann Behringer Perkins '44
Donald J. Pesce '76
Margaret E. Peters '59
Donald Polomsky '65
Al Reynolds '60
Donald Ruhl '47
R. Daniel Sadlier '70
Mary Ann Schrader '69
Lynton Scotland ’84
Marilyn Selvaggio '77
Joseph Spadaford '69
Howard ’63, ’67 and Sally ’65 Stevens
Joseph '71 & Ann Sutherland '72
Fiore Talarico '74
Ronald N. Thaman '71
Karen A. Thompson '77
Robert C. Toomb '82
Terry N. Vukcevic '71
James Weber '67
Maureen Willits '69
Donald E. (Butch) Zimmerman '58


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