Kenneth R. Feinberg ’67, ’02H
Founder and Managing Partner, Feinberg Rozen, LLP

Kenneth Feinberg is one of the most prominent and dedicated attorneys of our time, and has been key to resolving many of our nation's most challenging and widely known disputes. He will be recognized with the 2013 Salute to Service Legacy Award.

Feinberg has been appointed Special Master of numerous high­profile compensation programs, including the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, TARP Executive Compensation, and the Agent Orange Victim Compensation Program. He was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as Administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility to compensate victims of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Feinberg has also served as Administrator of the Aurora Victim Relief Fund and the Hokey Spirit Memorial Fund in response to the shootings in Aurora, Colorado in 2012 and at Virginia Tech in 2007. In addition, he has mediated the resolution of insurance claims arising from Hurricanes Sandy, Ike, Gustav and Katrina. Most recenlty, Feinberg served as administrator of the One Fund Boston Victim Relief Fund, established to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks of April 15, 2013.

Feinberg received his BA cum laude from UMass Amherst in 1967 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1970. He served as a Law Clerk for Chief Judge Stanley H. Fuld, New York State Court of Appeals from 1970 to 1972 and subsequently held many positions in government before entering private practice. He has also served as Adjunct Professor of Law at numerous law schools. Feinberg is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and Human Rights First.


Dr. Marshall G. Jones, ’72 MS, ’74 PhD.
Principal Engineer and Coolidge Fellow, General Electric Global Research Center

Since joining General Electric Global Research Center in 1974, Dr. Marshall Jones has received 54 US patents and 32 foreign patents; authored or co­authored over 45 publications; and presented numerous talks at national and international technical conferences.

He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1965 and his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UMass Amherst in 1972 and 1974, respectively.

During his stellar career, he has been the recipient of numerous awards in the fields of mechanical engineering, fiber optics, laser technology, mathematics, education, research and community service. He has also received many honors from UMass, including the 1986 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award, the 1987 Chancellor’s Medal, the 1995 Distinguished Achievement Award for Professional and Community Service and the 2001 Alumnus of the Year award from the College of Engineering. He has served as a member of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the African Scientific Institute and Phi Theta Kappa; and is a Fellow of the Ameri­can Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Laser Institute of America.

Jones was selected the 2002 Coolidge Fellow, the top technical award at GE Global Research Center. He is an active mentor for local youth and serves on numerous community boards. In 1999, Dr. Jones was the subject of a children’s book entitled “Never Give Up, The Marshall Jones Story”.



Patricia Reid Ponte, RN, DNSc, FAAN, NEA-BC, ’76
Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Executive Director, Oncology Nursing and Clinical Services, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Patricia Reid Ponte is the Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Executive Director of Oncology Nursing and Clinical Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Prior to her current role, she held leadership positions at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center.

Reid Ponte is the immediate past chair of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Magnet, a newly appointed member of the ANCC Board, and a past president of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives. She is an active member in the American Academy of Nursing and was inducted as a Fellow in 2004.

Reid Ponte teaches quality outcome graduate courses at Simmons College in Boston and the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB). She is a co-principal investigator of a post-doctoral nursing fellowship program for the National Cancer Institute-funded Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center-UMB U54 grant. She has conducted research in patient safety and patient- and family-centered care and has published extensive non-empirical work in nursing leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration, and health care practice environments.

Reid Ponte received both her Doctorate of Nursing Science and Masters in Nursing Science degrees from Boston University. She received a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from UMass Amherst and was a 2001 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Executive Fellow.