Ron Rolfe '60 Distinguished Alumni Service Award

The Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the highest accolade reserved solely for alumni of The Allen-Stevenson School, recognizes outstanding alumni who are pillars in their chosen field, and have shown exceptional civic leadership or made significant contributions benefitting their community, nation or school. The award was established in 2014, and named for Ronald S. Rolfe ’60 in recognition of his unwavering commitment, leadership and service to education.

About the Award

The purpose of the Distinguished Alumni Service Award is to provide recognition for outstanding achievements by alumni of The Allen-Stevenson School. It aims to recognize exceptional individuals who exemplify The Allen-Stevenson Code in their daily lives through service to their community, nation or school.

Only living alumni of The Allen-Stevenson School are eligible to receive this honor.

Nominations may be submitted by an alumnus, faculty or staff member of The Allen-Stevenson School. Nominations may be submitted in writing or electronically, and should be accompanied by biographical and other pertinent information. Letters supporting candidate achievements are strongly encouraged. Nominations should be addressed to the Alumni Council Executive Board, c/o the Allen-Stevenson Development Office, 132 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10075 or emailed to

It shall be the duty of the Alumni Council Executive Committee, or a subcommittee thereof, in collaboration with the Alumni Director and School leadership, to select the recipient(s) of the award and to make such recommendations to the Headmaster.

The award shall consist of an engraved designer glass marquee, and is presented during the annual Alumni Reunion in May. Award recipients must be present at the Reunion for the award presentation.

The Allen-Stevenson Alumni Council strongly suggests that awards be made to individuals in as many fields of endeavor as possible.

Ron Rolfe '60

As President of the Board of Trustees at The Allen-Stevenson School for 22 years, and member of the board since 1980, Mr. Rolfe ushered the School through a transformative era of growth in curriculum and enrollment, and an expansion of the School’s physical space, in order to meet the ever-changing needs of Allen-Stevenson boys. 

A retired Partner in the litigation department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Mr. Rolfe’s commitment to diversity and growth in education is exemplified in his service on the boards of trustees of The Lawrenceville School, where they have named the Director of Financial Aid position in his honor, De La Salle Academy, and Prep for Prep. 

Mr. Rolfe was born in New York City. After attending Allen-Stevenson through 9th Grade, he attended The Lawrenceville School, received an A.B. cum laude from Harvard University in 1966 and a J.D. magna cum laude from Columbia Law School in 1969, where he was an Editor of the Law Review, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a James Kent Scholar. He has two sons who are members of the A-S community: Andrew ’05 and Dare ’18.

Allen-Stevenson’s distinctive “enlightened traditional” approach educates boys to become scholars and gentlemen.