Class Awards 2013

Dartmouth College
Recognizes with Deep Appreciation
the Extraordinary Achievements of

Richard L. Ranger Jr. '74
2014 President of the Year
26 Years Out and Older

Rick, you have led your Dartmouth Class of 1974 with quiet determination these past five years. Step by step, newsletter by newsletter, and log by log in the Class of 1974 Bunkhouse, you made a strong class even stronger during your tenure. Bravo!

Your classmate and partner in creating the Bunkhouse, Jim Taylor, says, "Rick is totally dedicated to his college and to the class. He gets those who work with him to do their best with encouragement, suggestions, and his full support. He leads by example, assigning tough tasks to himself and always volunteering first. He is a great listener with an open mind on all matters and proves by his actions and his words that he has heard what others have said. And, finally, Rick is a fantastic communicator--just read a few of his class newsletters from the past 30 years!"

Your involvement with the class is, indeed, long and deep. Son of a '44, grandson of a '20, you have been the '74 class newsletter editor since 1984.You have also been president of the Class Presidents Association and active with the Dartmouth College Fund and Admissions Office, as well active with area clubs.

Your 2014 Class Activity Report notes that your executive committee has developed a sense of collegiality and mutual trust to quickly and constructively address issues--so much so that the majority has re-enlisted for another term. This is no small feat in light of the work required to build the Class of 1974 Bunkhouse at Mt. Moosilauke. You coordinated on plans, raised funds from nearly 50 percent of the class, and built the building with the labor of many classmates--an unprecedented level of activity and generosity for your class. The Bunkhouse, your leadership, and the leadership of your reunion and executive committee made for a record-setting 40th reunion.

Reunion chair and your successor, Gerry Bowe '74, says, "Rick can look at anything and convert his observations into words that touch people deeply. He is heartfelt, patient, and insightful. A more genuine leader would be hard to find.

Class treasurer Kirk Hinman says, "Rick was just the perfect person to lead our class the past five years. He stepped in and focused us on serving the College and preparing for our 40th reunion and a significant class gift. He personifies Dr Seuss's 'think and wonder, wonder and think.'"