The Hundred Year Association of New York
The Hundred Year Association of New York, founded in 1927, is a non-profit organization in New York City that recognizes and rewards dedication and service to the City of New York by businesses and organizations that have been in operation in the city for a century or more and by individuals who have devoted their lives to the city as city employees.
Any association, corporation, partnership or individual proprietorship whose continuity in its own right, or as successor to an organization in business for over 100 years is eligible for membership. Organizations 75 years or older may join as associate members. Individuals can join the association's "Century Society.'
Notable current members include ConEdison, National Grid, The Chief-Leader, The Brooklyn Bar Association, Rosenwach Tank Company, John Gallin & Son, Hagedorn & Company, Leys, Christie & Company, Modell's Sporting Goods, Pfizer, Henry W. T. Mali & Company, New York University, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, Bowne & Co., General Hardware, Modell Financial, The New York Post, Dancker, Sellew & Douglas, James Thompson & Co., The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Bank of New York Mellon, Richmond County Savings Bank, E. J. Electric, Emmet, Marvin & Martin, Scientific American, STV Group, The Hotel Wales, The Delta Kappa Epsilon Club of New York and Ferrara Cafe.
The association is led by elected officers and a board of governors. The most recent chairman, Richard A. Cook, died in June 2007 after a long illness. The current president is Clinton W. Blume, III. The association's Secretary is Luke Vander Linden. Past presidents have included James A. Farley.
Public service awards and college scholarships
Initiated in 1958, the association grants the "Isaac Liberman Public Service Awards" annually to career New York City civil servants who have excelled beyond their normal duties during the course of the year. Employees are nominated by their supervisor and department's commissioner or director and awards are determined by the association's Awards Committee in conjunction with the City of New York's Department of Citywide Administrative Services. The public service awards are named for Isaac Liberman, founder of The Hundred Year Association when he was president of Arnold Constable & Company in Brooklyn.
The annual "E. Virgil Conway College Scholarships" are awarded to the sons and daughters of New York City employees every year. They are named after E. Virgil Conway, who conceived of the scholarship program in 1971.
More than $1,600,000 has been granted since the awards program's inception.
Gold Medal Awards
Each year since 1930, the association has presented its 'Gold Medal Award' "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the City of New York." While typically presented to a single individual, the award has been granted on occasion to more than one person or an organization.
Past winners have been:
- 1930 Julius Miller
- 1931 Harvey Dow Gibson
- 1932 Justice Samuel Seabury
- 1933 Grover A. Whalen
- 1934 Robert Moses
- 1935 John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
- 1936 Thomas E. Dewey
- 1937 James Speyer
- 1938 Eleanor Robson Belmont
- 1939 Cleveland E. Dodge (Phelps Dodge & Co.)
- 1940 Fiorello H. La Guardia
- 1946 Francis Spellman, Helen Rogers Reid
- 1947 Frederick H. Ecker
- 1948 William O'Dwyer
- 1949 Millicent C. McIntosh
- 1950 Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers
- 1951 Alfred P. Sloan
- 1952 Howard S. Cullman (Philip Morris, Port of New York Authority)
- 1953 John Hay Whitney
- 1954 Arthur Hays Sulzberger
- 1955 Brigadier General David Sarnoff
- 1956 Robert F. Wagner Jr.
- 1957 Keith S. McHugh (New York Telephone)
- 1958 Samuel D. Leidesdorf
- 1959 John D. Rockefeller III
- 1960 Howard A. Rusk
- 1961 Minnie Guggenheimer (music patron and philanthropist)
- 1962 James A. Farley
- 1963 Paul R. Screvane
- 1964 Edmund F. Wagner (Seamen's Bank for Savings)
- 1965 David Rockefeller
- 1966 Austin J. Tobin
- 1967 John A. Coleman
- 1968 Gustave Levy
- 1969 J. Victor Herd (Continental Insurance Company)
- 1970 Jack I. Straus (R. H. Macy & Company)
- 1971 William S. Renchard (Chemical Bank)
- 1972 Robert S. Curtiss (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)
- 1973 Gilbert W. Fitzhugh
- 1974 Leonard H. Goldenson
- 1975 George Champion (Chase Manhattan Bank)
- 1976 William M. Ellinghaus (American Telephone and Telegraph Company)
- 1977 Ellmore C. Patterson (Morgan Guaranty Trust Company)
- 1978 J. Henry Smith (The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States)
- 1980 Harry Helmsley
- 1981 Richard R. Shinn (Metropolitan Life)
- 1982 Museum of the City of New York
- 1983 Edward J. Mortola
- 1984 J. Peter Grace
- 1985 Gene F. Jankowski (CBS Broadcasting)
- 1986 E. Virgil Conway
- 1987 Edmund T. Pratt, Jr.
- 1988 Delbert C. Staley (NYNEX)
- 1989 John J. Phelan, Jr.
- 1990 Felix G. Rohatyn
- 1991 Carnegie Hall
- 1992 William R. Chaney (Tiffany & Co.)
- 1993 Tony Randall
- 1994 John McGillicuddy
- 1995 David A. Olsen
- 1996 Kenneth J. Gorman
- 1997 Simon J. Critchell (Cartier, L'Oréal)
- 1998 Rudolph W. Giuliani
- 1999 Robert R. Douglass (Alliance for Downtown New York)
- 2000 Robert M. Johnson
- 2001 Robert B. Catell (National Grid (US)), Charles J. Hamm (Independence Community Bank)
- 2002 Charles J. Urstadt
- 2003 Mark S. Sisk
- 2004 The New York Post
- 2005 Robert M. Morgenthau
- 2006 Raymond W. Kelly
- 2007 John C. Cushman III
- 2008 Hon. Michael R. Bloomberg
- 2009 The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
- 2010 Ralph K. Smith
- 2011 The Crew of US Airways Flight 1549
- 2012 Dominick M. Servedio. P.E. (STV Group)
- 2013 Joseph E. Spinnato (Hotel Association of New York)
- 2014 Actors Fund of America
- 2015 Jaros, Baum & Bolles, New York City Fire Department
- 2016 Richmond County Savings Bank
- 2017 Fordham University
- 2018 Joel A. Dolci
- 2019 New York Society of Association Executives