The Hundred Year Association of New York

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The logo of 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 aimed at recognizing and rewarding 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.

The association also provides services to its members to promote to the public their history and contributions to the educational and civic affairs of New York and to preserve, foster and perpetuate high ideals and worthy traditions that have been handed down through the years in the business and professional life of the city. It also stands ready to use the background of experience of its members for the common good as opportunity arises; and to aid and counsel those less experienced whose success would contribute substantially to the city's business and civic fabric.


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-Civil Service Leader, The Brooklyn Bar Association, Rosenwach Tank Company, John Gallin & Son, Hagedorn & Company, Leys, Christie & Company, Modell's Sporting Goods, Henry W. T. Mali & Company, New York University, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, Bowne & Co., General Tool & Instruments, 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 executive director is Luke Vander Linden.

Past presidents have included James A. Farley.

Public service awards and college scholarships[edit]

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 Stores 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 $1,200,000 has been granted since the awards program's inception.

Gold Medal Awards[edit]

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:

1965 Gold Medal Award winner David Rockefeller
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
1940 Fiorello H. La Guardia
1946 Francis Spellman, Helen Rogers Reid
1947 Frederick H. Ecker
Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani receives the association's 1998 Gold Medal Award, presented by Time Warner President Richard D. Parsons and Former Association President Richard A. Cook.
1948 William O'Dwyer
1949 Millicent C. McIntosh
1950 Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers
1951 Alfred P. Sloan
1952 Howard S. Cullman
1953 John Hay Whitney
1954 Arthur Hays Sulzberger
1955 Brigadier General David Sarnoff
1956 Robert J. Wagner
1957 Keith S. McHugh
1958 Samuel D. Leidesdorf
1959 John D. Rockefeller III
1960 Howard A. Rusk
1961 Minnie Guggenheimer
1962 James A. Farley
1999 Gold Medal Awardee Robert R. Douglass and Dinner Chairman and 2002 Gold Medal Honoree Charles J. Urstadt
1963 Paul R. Screvane
1964 Edmund F. Wagner
1965 David Rockefeller
1966 Austin J. Tobin
1967 John A. Coleman
1968 Gustave L. Levy
1969 J. Victor Herd
1970 Jack I. Straus
1971 William S. Renchard
1972 Robert S. Curtiss
1973 Gilbert W. Fitzhugh
1974 Leonard H. Goldenson
1975 George Champion
1976 William M. Ellinghaus
1977 Ellmore C. Patterson
1978 J. Henry Smith
1980 Harry Helmsley
1981 Richard R. Shinn
1982 Museum of the City of New York
1983 Edward J. Mortola
1984 J. Peter Grace
1985 Gene F. Jankowski
1986 E. Virgil Conway
1987 Edmund T. Pratt, Jr.
1988 Delbert C. Staley
1989 John J. Phelan, Jr.
1990 Felix G. Rohatyn
1991 Carnegie Hall
1992 William R. Chaney
1993 Tony Randall
1994 John F. McGillicuddy
1995 David A. Olsen
Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau speaks after receiving The Hundred Year Association's 2005 Gold Medal as Chairman Richard A. Cook looks on.
1996 Kenneth J. Gorman
1997 Simon J. Critchell
1998 Rudolph W. Giuliani
1999 Robert R. Douglass
2000 Robert M. Johnson
2001 Robert B. Catell, Charles J. Hamm
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
2011 Dominick M. Servedio. P.E.

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