BIOS OF CCNY’S 161ST COMMENCEMENT HONOREES
NEW YORK, May 21, 2007 – The following are brief bios of philanthropist Larry Gralla ’51, Austrian educator Hans Matzenauer, Nobel Prize-winning chemical engineer Mario José Molina and Josh S. Weston, a 1950 CCNY graduate and former Chairman and CEO of Automatic Data Processing (ADP), who will all be honored at The City College of New York’s 161st Commencement Exercises, Friday, June 1, 2007.
Larry Gralla, ’51
Larry Gralla is a retired trade magazine publisher and a philanthropist. He began his career as a photojournalist in his final year at CCNY. In collaboration with his brother Milton, a 1948 CCNY grad, he built Gralla Publications into a powerhouse of more than 20 magazines and 16 national trade shows.
Mr. Gralla and his wife, Yvette (Class of 1952), have remained devoted to their alma mater. Five years ago, Mr. Gralla created the Stuyvesant-CCNY Scholarship Project, a highly successful initiative that supports high-achieving Stuyvesant students who enroll in honors programs at CCNY. Mr. Gralla has since established similar programs with the Bronx High School of Science and Brooklyn Technical High School.
In 2002, Mr. Gralla received the Townsend Harris Medal for outstanding postgraduate achievement from the Alumni Association of The City College of New York. He will receive the degree Doctor of Humane Letters.
For over 16 years, Austrian educator Hans Matzenauer has worked with The City College to develop innovative programs that have garnered international recognition. A former member of Austria’s parliament, he was instrumental in launching, in collaboration with CCNY, the Austrian Visiting Teacher program. The program has brought over 400 math and science teachers to New York City public schools and has been replicated throughout the United States.
Professor Matzenauer also initiated CUNY’s first offshore M.A. program. It gives Austrians and other Europeans the opportunity to earn a degree from The City College by attending classes in Innsbruck, Feldkirch or Vienna.
While serving as head of Vienna’s public school system, Professor Matzenauer helped found the Austrian-American Educational Cooperation Association. Under AAECA’s auspices, City College has established its most ambitious international exchange programs. Over the past 15 years, these programs have brought a steady stream of Austrian university students and faculty to visit CCNY.
Beyond City College, Professor Matzenauer’s commitment to Austrian-U.S. educational links has been unwavering. In support of the New York City public school system, he has coordinated annual visits to Vienna by local school superintendents for a decade. He will receive the degree Doctor of Humane Letters.
Dr. Mario José Molina
Dr. Mario José Molina shared the 1995 Nobel Prize for Chemistry with Drs. F. Sherwood Rowland and Paul Crutzen for their research in the 1970s concerning decomposition of the ozonosphere, which shields the Earth from dangerous solar radiation. The discovery by Drs. Molina and Rowland that some industrially manufactured gases deplete the ozone layer led to a global movement in the late 20th century to limit use of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases.
Born in Mexico City, Dr. Molina studied chemical engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the University of Freiburg (Germany) and the University of California, Berkeley where he received his doctorate. In 2004, Dr. Molina joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego, and the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine, and sits on the President’s Committee of Advisors in Science and Technology. He will receive the degree Doctor of Science.
Josh S. Weston, ’50
Josh S. Weston graduated from CCNY magna cum laude with a degree in economics and went on to earn an M.A. degree from the University of New Zealand as a Fulbright Scholar.
In 1970, Mr. Weston joined Automatic Data Processing, where he rose to serve as Chief Executive Officer from 1982 to 1996. He retired as Chairman in 1998 and was named honorary chairman. Under his leadership, ADP had an unmatched 164 consecutive quarters of double-digit EPS growth, and is just one of six U.S. companies with a triple-A credit rating.
Mr. Weston’s commitments to CCNY and public service have been equally phenomenal. In addition to serving on The City College 21st Century Foundation, he and his wife, Judy, established the Josh and Judy Weston Scholarship Program in Public Service. The program enables students who would otherwise not be able to spare the time from their jobs, to contribute to their communities through service.
Mr. Weston has volunteered leadership to various causes and sits on numerous boards. These include the United Nations Association, Channel Thirteen, the International Rescue Committee, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Liberty Science Center. He also has served as Board Chairman of Boys Town Jerusalem for 14 years. Mr. Weston will receive The City College President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.
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