The President’s Award is given to an individual, non-alumni, who has done much to serve the University and the community, and who has been an inspiration to Bay Path’s President.
At Reunion 2015, President Leary welcomed to the podium Dr. George Kalf. It was through his wife Jeanne, Bay Path class of 1951, that Dr. George Kalf became a friend and supporter of this University. Although Jeanne passed away in 2010, George through the years maintained a strong connection to the University.
A brilliant scientist, medical doctor, and published author, Dr. Kalf’s knowledge of the scientific world is exhaustive. A professor emeritus from Thomas Jefferson University, as well as other seats of higher learning, he had a distinguished fifty-year career as a medical educator and scientific researcher.
A member of the Millennium Society, he has established two scholarships for students focusing on the sciences:
- The Jeanne Williams Kalf ’51 Endowed Scholarship;
- And The Dr. George F. Kalf Endowed Scholarship.
Recently, his generosity also extended to the Carol A. Leary Scholarship for First-Generation Students.
His giving is highly personal as he credits earning his college degree to the scholarship support he received as an undergraduate.
A resident of Pennsylvania, distance is no barrier to George’s interest and genuine care for our students, especially his scholarship recipients. He wants to know how they are doing. He wants to help them succeed. He wants to support the next generation of scientists.
President Leary acknowledged that Dr. Kalf was an important sounding board when Bay Path was first evaluating and developing the MS in Physician Assistant Studies program. Drawing from his significant experience in the medical field, he provided valuable counsel in the development of The Philip H. Ryan Health Center. Always offering sound advice, he listens, questions, sifts through the issues, and helps us move forward. But perhaps most importantly, Dr. Kalf is a role model of kindness and professionalism for our Bay Path students.