The recipients of the 2015 University of Hartford Anchor Awards, the most prestigious award presented by the University of Hartford Alumni Association, have been announced. They are Kevin Grant ’82 of Concord, Mass., M’86, Mark Greenberg ’71 of Pearl River, N.Y., Louise Earle Loomis M’78 of Bloomfield, Conn., and Claire M. Pryor ’84 of (born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y.,) of West Hartford, Conn.
The four will be honored at a dinner on Friday, October 16, as part of the University’s Hawktober Weekend. The dinner and awards ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. at the 1877 Club on the UHart campus at 200 Bloomfield Avenue in West Hartford. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online at www.hartford.edu/Hawktober.
The awards were established to recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves by achieving the highest level of professional and community accomplishments and who possess absolute standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the prestige of the University of Hartford.
Kevin Grant ’82, M’86
Kevin Grant is the founder of CYS Investments, Inc., a publicly held specialty finance company, and has served as CEO, president, and chairman of the board of directors since the company's inception in January 2006. He also assumed the title of chief investment officer in 2011. In January 2005, Grant formed Sharpridge Capital Management, L.P., which became the company’s internal asset manager in August 2011.
Previously, Grant was vice-president and portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments, where he had direct or indirect responsibility for management of a number of mutual funds’ fixed income assets, as well as separate accounts for Fidelity’s institutional clients. Over the course of his career at Fidelity, Grant’s mutual fund responsibilities included the Mortgage Securities Fund, Investment Grade Bond Fun, the fixed income portion of Fidelity Puritan Fund and the Strategic Income Fund.
Prior to joining Fidelity in 1993, Grant was head of mortgage strategy for Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc. He began his investment career at Aetna Bond Investors in 1985.
A CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), Grant is a member of both the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society.
Grant has maintained a relationship with the University’s Barney School of Business, serving as a guest speaker in classes and advisor to the University’s Investment Committee.
An avid alpine mountaineer, Grant has climbed high mountains all over the world. He also enjoys skiing and sailing, and he is a private pilot. Grant lives near Boston with his wife, Valarie Kinkade, and two daughters.
Mark Greenberg ‘71
Mark Greenberg ’71 is a highly respected optometrist who has been in a private practice in Pearl River, N.Y., since 1975. He specializes in treating children and adults with special needs. Greenberg has used his expertise as a caregiver to make a difference in his community and throughout the world for individuals with visual limitations.
From 1975-92, Greenberg was involved with a variety of endeavors outside of his practice. He was a low vision clinician and consultant to the Child Development Center at the New York Association of the blind, and he was the director of pediatric low vision for clinics in Manhattan, Westchester, and Greater Hudson Valley. Greenberg has lectured throughout the country and has been published on the subject of pediatric low vision and vision care for the multiple handicapped child.
Vision needs associated with the challenged athlete has been a particular focus for Greenberg. He was a visual consultant for the U.S. Olympic team (1981-96), co-chairman for the Vision Evaluation Team of the International Special Olympics and a member of the sports vision section of the American Optometric Association.
Greenberg has received numerous accolades for his work and volunteer efforts. Included are the American Optomeric Association’s Sports Vision Optometrist-of-the-Year in 1999 and the Humanitarian-of-the-Year from YAI Rockland County Association for Learning Disabilities in 2005.
A donor to the Home Field Advantage Capital Campaign, Greenberg was inducted into the University’s Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. He was a two-time All-America Club Football student-athlete.
Greenberg and his wife, Marie, have three children and five grandchildren.
Louise Earle Loomis M’78
Louise Earle Loomis is a respected and innovative educator, involved community leader, arts enthusiast, environmental issues advocate, and involved friend of the University. Loomis has spent her life studying, teaching, and infusing the concept of critical and creative thinking among people of all ages.
In addition to receiving her master’s degree from the University of Hartford in 1977, Loomis taught for several years at Hillyer College. At the Hartford College for Women, her course on critical thinking was a popular offering as were the numerous workshops. This work prompted Loomis to found a not-for-profit corporation, now known as the New England Cognitive Center, in 1989. This led to her establishing the ThinkWell Center, LLC on Arbor Street in Hartford in 2011. Loomis has supported the University of Hartford’s The Women's Advancement Initiative since its inception, and has served on the Visiting Committee of Mortensen Library.
Loomis’ community leadership involvement is many and varied. Included was her role as president and trustee of the Artists Collective. Loomis was also was a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Breakthrough Magnet School, trustee of the Creative Education Foundation and member of the Community Relations and Seminar Committees of the Town and County Club in Hartford. She has also been a member of the Hartford Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.
Loomis has received numerous awards for her teaching and commitment to community over the years. Most recently, Family Life Education, Inc. announced that a new, state-of-the-art Children’s Fitness/Wellness Center will be named in Loomis’ honor. The facility addresses the epidemic of childhood obesity disproportionately impacting inner city children nationwide.
Loomis and her family have travelled the world. A long-time resident of the West End of Hartford, she lives at Duncaster with her husband, Worth.
Claire M. Pryor ‘84
Claire M. Pryor and her family have established a life-long commitment to help others.
Pryor served with the Red Cross in Korea and worked as a neighborhood activist on the Upper West Side of New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s. She and husband, Millard, moved to West Hartford in 1972 and quickly immersed themselves in volunteer efforts throughout the community, helping the Girl Scouts, arts and cultural groups, and for-need organizations.
Pryor returned to school in 1978 to pursue a degree in nursing while working as an RN at the Hebrew Home. After earning her degree at the University in 1984, and working as a researcher for numerous hospitals and physicians groups, she remained a dedicated volunteer.
The volunteer organizations in which Pryor has served a leadership role include the Institute for the Living, Hartford Hospital, The Renbrook School, Hartford’s Camp Courant, The Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Amistad Center for Art and Culture, the Wadsworth Athenaeum of Art, and the Hartford Symphony.
At the University, Pryor is a member of the Library Board of Visitors (since 2009) and the Founders’ Planned Giving Society. She has also served on the ENHP Advisory Board (1996-2002). In addition, Pryor established the University of Hartford-Pryor Family Educational Opportunity Fund and, along with Millard, established two scholarships at the University. A frequent attendee at University events, she has underwritten at least some portion of numerous initiatives such as the annual Martin Luther King Day celebrations.
Pryor and Millard (who passed away in 2005) have made an impact as notable philanthropists. He was a member of the University’s Board of Regents (including vice-chair) and the Hartford Art School, Inc. Advisory Board. They raised twin daughters and Pryor continues to pursue the dream that she and Millard formed together—to be responsible for the world around them.
To learn more about the Anchor Fund and the recognition ceremony during Hawktober Weekend, contact Jennifer Carr in the Alumni Relations office (860.768.2400 / email@example.com).
Information on general Hawktober Weekend activities can be found on the University’s website, www.hartford.edu/Hawktober.