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Bourcy Of Penn Yan Receives Clarkson University's Top Alumni Honor
Potsdam, N.Y. -- Joseph E. Bourcy of Penn Yan, N.Y., has received the Golden Knight Award from his alma mater, Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. Presented each year during Reunion Weekend, Clarkson's most prestigious alumni award is given to alumni who have distinguished themselves either by service to Clarkson through Alumni Association activities or have demonstrated outstanding career achievement, bringing distinction to themselves and to Clarkson.
Bourcy graduated from Clarkson in 1947 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He enjoyed a 39-year career with the Eastman Kodak Company, interrupted only by three in the United States Army, 84th Infantry Division, where he served in the European Theater and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and a Bronze Star.
In his many years at Kodak, Bourcy worked in some of the company's core business areas, including the motion-picture and sheet-film division and roll-film division, where he served in numerous increasingly responsible positions from production supervisor to superintendent, and finally organizational manager for the finished products group, which included six separate divisions.
Bourcy retired from Kodak in 1986. By then, he had also completed advanced training at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the Borough Polytechnic in London, England, and the advanced management program at the Harvard Business School. Bourcy has been active in many professional organizations including Tau Beta Pi, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, and the Photographic Society of America.
The Boy Scouts of America has been Bourcy's favorite civic activity. In the Scouts he has served in various executive board capacities, including vice president for programs and vice president for finance for the Otetina Council and the Finger Lakes Council. Bourcy has received numerous awards for his roles in scouting. He has also served on the Penfield Planning Board, but has reserved time for his favorite avocation: winemaking. An accredited wine judge, he is a member of the American Wine Society, has reorganized and chaired the New York State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, and has won 19 personal awards for his noncommercial wines.
Bourcy has been particularly close to his Clarkson classmates, as is evident by his many years as a class agent, committee member, and chair for his class reunion celebrations. A member of the Clarkson Roundtable, Bourcy developed and promoted the Class of 1947 Endowed Scholarship Fund. He has served as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors and has been a regular participant in regional alumni events in the Rochester area.
Clarkson University is an independent institution located in northern New York, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The University has 2,670 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in its schools of Business, Engineering, Science, and Liberal Arts, and its Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management program.