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May 23, 2005

Matt Nehmer: (202) 994-6467;


WASHINGTON - The George Washington University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and The George Washington Alumni Association announce the recipients of the 46th annual Alumni Service Awards. The four winners will accept their awards at a special reception on Wednesday, June 8, following the alumni association's annual open meeting.

The Alumni Service Awards highlight the contributions alumni make through service to the University. The annual awards have been conferred on a broad range of alumni noted for their generosity to GW.

The 2005 recipients are:

Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D. '81, is the Leon Yochelson Professor and chair of GW's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Akman has maintained strong ties to the University, authoring the GW Medical School oath and creating the White Coat Ceremony, a ritual designed to grant first-year medical students their white lab coats. Akman is a founding member of the Friends of the Luther Brady Art Gallery and a member of the GW Medical Alumni National Council. Akman received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award in 1994 and the Distinguished Teacher Award in 1998. He currently serves as a director on the boards of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia and Food & Friends, a nonprofit organization that prepares and delivers meals to people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses.

Bruce J. Ammerman, M.D. '72, is a neurosurgeon with the Washington Neurosurgical Associates and is a clinical professor of neurological surgery at GW. He served on the George Washington Alumni Association Board of Directors from 1977 to 1984 and was the president of the GW Medical Alumni Association from 2000 until 2004. Ammerman's philanthropic initiatives for the Medical Center have resulted in the Ammerman Medical Student Scholarship Fund and the Ammerman Neurosurgery Lab. Ammerman's father, Harvey H. Ammerman, B.A. '39, M.D. '43, received the award in 1976.

Gary Granoff, B.B.A. '70, J.D. '73, is the chairman and CEO of Ameritrans Capital Corporation. He is an active volunteer at the University, serving as the chairman of the New York City Regional Alumni Chapter from 1992 to 1997, participating on the Law Alumni Board of Directors from 1993 to 1997, and serving two terms as an alumni trustee. He is a member of the George Washington Alumni Association, the GW Law Dean's Advisory Board, and the GW Alumni Committee for the 21st Century. Granoff also is one of the founders of the Ronald W. Howard Student Assistance Fund.

Arthur Mintz, B.B.A. '66, is the CEO and CFO of Kingly Manufacturing Company and is deeply involved with regional alumni programming in New York City. He is a member of the New York City Regional Alumni Chapter and a participant in both the annual GW New York City networking night and the Alumni Admissions Program. Mintz also is engaged in philanthropy with the University, he established the Arthur and Judith Mintz Scholarship Fund for students enrolled in the GW School of Business and the Arthur and Judith Mintz Endowed Undergraduate Leadership Fund. The latter fund supports a yearly networking retreat for sophomores, in which he participates each year.

For more information on the GW Alumni Service Awards, please visit the GW Alumni web site at

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