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Distinguished Alumni

DePaul University has honored the following people with the Distinguished Alumni Award for their leadership in the community through their professional achievements and public service.


Rich Daniels
Orchestra Leader and Humanitarian, Chairman of Deans Advisory Board

Orbert Davis
Jazz Trumpeter, Music Educator

Justin Kolb
Concert Pianist

Josphine Lee

Samuel Magad
Concertmaster (retired), Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Dick Marx *
Jazz and Commercial Musician

Raymond Niwa
Violinist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Walter Parazaider
Founder and Saxophonist, Chicago

Anne Perillo
Vocal Pedagogue

Joe Vito *
Jazz and Commercial Pianist

Music Business:

Donald Boroian

Russell J. Brumbach
President, Walt Disney Records Worldwide

Victor Faraci
Senior Vice President, Warner Brothers Records

Sasha Gerritson
Founder, Executive Director, and General Manager LOpera Piccola

Anthony Peluso
Entertainment Industry
Walt Disney Resorts, Tony Peluso Productions, The Tussauds Group, Inc.

Ed Ward
Chicago Musicians Union President

Sound Recording:

Murray R. Allen *
Audio Engineering Executive


Irwin Bazelon *

John Downey*

Harry Manfredini
Film Composer

Robert Muczynski *

Christopher Pavlakis 
Composer, Publisher University Music Editions, Author The American Music Handbook (1974)

George Perle
Composer, Pulitzer Prize Winner, MacArthur Fellow
James J. Quinn
Willis H. Schaeffer *
Composer and Arranger

Leon Stein *
Composer, Dean, DePaul University School of Music 1966-1976

Music Education & Academia:

Arthur Becker *
Dean, DePaul University School of Music  1921-1965
Leo Henning *
Music Educator

Donald Martin Jenni*
Professor and Monk

Marjorie Kenney
Professor, DePaul University School of Music

Thomas OHorgan*
Broadway Director and Musicologist

Annie J. Randall
Musicologist, Professor, Author

Guy S. Wuellner
Pianist, Professor, Assistant Dean
Drake University
* denotes deceased ​