Emmett Leahy Award Winners 1967 - 1998

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David G. Goodman 1998. (Deceased).  
James G. Coulson 1997.

A Managing Director of Records and Information Management at Huron Consulting Group as a result of the acquisition of Records Improvement Institute (RII), an international records management consulting firm he founded. Coulson has provided records and information management expertise, leadership and vision to over 300 companies internationally. Jim is co-author of the Records Management Handbook, the Records Improvement Course at Northeastern University and comprehensive electronic records management software. He advises major corporations and information management vendors in the design, development and improvement of their electronic records and information management systems. He is a recipient of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA) International Britt Literary Award, the ARMA International Award of Merit, the ARMA Canadian Research and Development Award and has been inducted as an ARMA International Fellow.

Peter A. Smith 1996.

A visionary records manager and educator, he began his career in records and information management at the New Castle local government.  Under his leadership, the Records Management Association of Australia established the first Chapter for Local Government that developed a program for sharing information about records management among Local Councils throughout the State of New South Wales.  This focus on sharing information led to his developing and teaching the first records management formal course at Newcastle Technical and Further Education (TAFE).  This, in turn, evolved into a national records management course with twenty-two modules from which all States were able to draw on to structure their courses as well as offer portability, structure and standardisation.  No other country has a nationally accredited records and information management suite of modules available or has produced standardised material.  He promoted records management concerns and standards and played a key role in the development of Standards Australia IT/21 Records Management Committee, which is the first Australian Standard for records and information management and formed the basis for ISO 15489.  In the international arena, he made numerous presentations on records management at international conferences and held leadership roles in the International Records Management Council.

Frank B. Evans 1995.  

His contributions to the records and information professions have been achieved through his activities as a historian, archival/educator, and records manager administrator. He joined the staff of the National Archives and Records Service (NARS) in 1963 where he became widely known for his leadership of the National Archives Summer Institute two week training course for archivists. This Institute, which linked archives and records management, was the only organized professional training for archivists for almost two decades. In 1976 he joined the staff of Unesco in Paris to create and manage the Records and Archives Management Program (RAMP), which he directed for 8 years. During his tenure, pilot records management programs were established in Africa, Asia, and South America, and a RAMP publication program was begun that addressed a wide range of archives and records management issues (72 publications by 1995). In 1984 he returned to the National Archives where he served as Deputy Assistant Archivist until his retirement in 1996.

Donald S. Skupsky 1994.

The President and General Counsel of Information Requirements Clearinghouse in Denver, Colorado, which is a major publisher of legal resources and references pertaining to records retention, legal compliance for records and information systems, and legality of alternative records and information media. He and his firm are also actively involved in records and information management consulting, training, and specialized research to prepare responses to proposed government regulations and analyze prevailing legal requirements. Skupsky's exceptional career in the records management profession first included several years as a staff attorney for the National Center for State Courts during which time he became an authority on records and information management in the United States court system. As a catalyst for change and modernization in court administration, he directly and indirectly improved operations of hundreds of courts through the use of improved records and information management programs.

 E. Mark Langemo 1993.

Mark Langemo, CRM, FAI, is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Dakota.  His contributions to the Records and Information Management (RIM) profession have been achieved as a university professor, consultant, or speaker to 47 U.S. states, most Canadian provinces, and ten countries. His over 600 records management consulting assignments and seminars have been done for the U.S. and Canadian governments; health-care organizations; major corporations; energy and power companies; accounting firms; banks; educational institutions; law firms; ARMA and its chapters; and other organizations.  The author or co-author of five books and 60 articles, Mark Langemo has received ARMA’s International’s Award of Merit and Company of Fellows award for excellence in continuing education seminars.” He has earned University of North Dakota awards as “Teacher of the Year,” for “excellence in instruction,” and a College of Business Merit Award for excellence in teaching, research, and service.”

Patricia Acton, 1992. 

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Robert F. Williams 1991.

Founder and President of Cohasset Associates, Inc., his contributions to the records and information professions have been achieved through his activities as a management consultant, educator and publisher. Cohasset has served clients throughout the United States since 1970 - and has come to be renowned one of the nation's foremost consulting firms specializing in management of document-based information. As an educator, he has delivered more than 1000 presentations at seminars, conferences and briefings that have been noted for their clarity and visionary understanding of records management and information issues. He also is the editor of two definitive legal research resources regarding the storage of records on alternative media along with authoring many professional articles and pioneering white papers. Bob Williams is the only person to be honored as a fellow of both AIIM and ARMA..


Ira A. Penn 1990.

Ira A. Penn is a former Senior Management Analyst with the U.S. Federal Government. He retired in 1997 after over three decades in Federal records management. Active in ARMA International at the Association level, Ira was the Editor of the Records Management Quarterly from 1984 until 1998. He received the Britt Literary Award in 1979, the Award of Merit in 1982, was inducted as an ARMA Fellow in 1990, and was presented with a Life Membership in 1998. Ira was also active in the Institute of Certified Records Managers. He was in the first group of records managers to receive the CRM designation and served on the ICRM Examination Development Committee for six years and on its Board of Regents for ten years. He was given the Institute's Award of Merit in 1992. During his records management career Ira wrote scores of articles, gave hundreds of speeches, and was a principal author of the Records Management Handbook.

Anneliese Arenburg 1989 (Deceased).

A true Records Management pioneer who established and promoted records management within Canada through active consulting work in both government and the private sector. Arenberg was instrumental in developing records management fundamentals for all levels of management and conducting records management training programs in that created a solid records management foundation in Canada.

Fred V. Diers 1988.

Recognized as both a practitioner and consultant for multi-national companies, Diers pioneered the globalization of Records Management practices and the profession through organizing and leading RIM exchange groups to Europe and the Far East and implementing international governance standards. He also is recognized for developing and implementing in the 70's, one of the first company wide records management software that enabled end-users to index, store and access records from their desks.

Artel Ricks 1987. 

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John W. Porter 1986. 

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Don M. Avedon 1985.

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Gerald F. Brown 1980 (Deceased)

Corporate Records Manager Missouri Pacific Railroad. Brown's records management contributions included installation of a complete in-house microfilm service and a computerized control system for the company's records center and design of flow-charting techniques to trace the life cycle of records from creation to disposition.

Robert C. Woodall 1979 (Deceased)

Chief, Records Management Division, State of California. Woodall was cited for his exemplary leadership of the State of California's records management program.

Benjamin F. Oliver 1978

Retired Director, Program Evaluation Division, Office of Records Management, National Archives and Records Service. Oliver's entire career as a records management was spent in federal agencies where he became the best known and respected records manager in federal service. His leadership in a study of records management in the federal government under the aegis of the Commission on Federal Paperwork resulted in findings and recommendations for improvement that were submitted to Congress.

William L. Rofes 1977 (Deceased)

Manager-Record Analysis and Control, IBM Corporation. Rofes' outstanding contributions to information and records included the design, development and installation of records management policies, systems, and procedures that had a world-wide effect on the companies employing them.

Edward Johnson 1976 (Deceased)

Chief, Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Florida Department of State. Johnson held key records management positions in state and federal government records management programs. His contributions to the information and records management profession included documented records improvements that saved millions of dollars at the Alien Registration and Naturalization Service, the National Archives and Records Service, the International Cooperation Administration, and the Office of Civil Defense and Mobilization.

Helen Harden 1975

Corporate Records Manager, Frito-Lay, Inc. Harden's efforts to improve records management within her company and ARMA were cited as the basis for her selection. An especially noteworthy innovation was the installation of a computer application for records retention schedules in Frito-Lay that several other companies adopted.

Harold J. "Mark" Koenig 1974 (Deceased)

Assistant Archivist for Records Management, National Archives and Records Service. Koenig's leadership of the federal government's records management program, especially with record records managers in the Executive and Judicial branches, was cited as the basis for his selection.

Donald F. Evans 1973

Records Manager, Union 76 Division, Union Oil Company of California. Evan's contributions to the information and records management profession included his "missionary efforts for the records management profession" and the installation of a machine indexing system for the Union 76 records center, which was the first instance of such an installation in the United States.

William Warren 1972 (Deceased)

Supervising Management Analyst, New York Port Authority. Especially noteworthy contributions to the information and records management profession that Warren made include the introduction of a "calculated risk" to records management techniques that identified "low value records" that could be destroyed and a cost benefit technique for reviewing and approving forms and reports.

Loretta Kiersky 1971 (Deceased)

Director, Central Research Library, Air Reduction Company, was the first woman to receive the Emmett Leahy Award. Kiersky's contributions to the information and records management profession included her participation in standards work through the National Microfilm Association and the Special Libraries Association and innovations in information delivery service that were accepted industry-wide.

Charles MacBeth 1970 (Deceased)

Manager, Corporate Records Management, Hughes Aircraft Company, was the fourth recipient of the Emmett J. Leahy Award. MacBeth's contributions to the information and records management profession included fifteen years of service to records management and records management innovations in the aerospace industry.

Everett O. Alldredge 1969 (Deceased)

Assistant Archivist for Records Management at the National Archives and Records Service was the third recipient of the Emmett J. Leahy Award. Alldredge's leadership in strengthening federal records management programs and in promoting records management across all industries was the basis for his selection.

William Benedon 1968

Director, Corporate Administration Services, Lockheed Corporation, was the second recipient of the Emmett J. Leahy Award. Benedon's selection was based on his records management achievements as an analyst and consultant with the National Records Management Council; as Supervisor of Public Records for the State of New Jersey where he authored one of the first legislative acts for records management and implemented one of the first state total records management program; and at Lockheed Corporation where he implemented and managed a multi-division records management program. Benedon originated the ARMA Records Management Workshop, the Records Management Correspondence Course, and the Records Management Quarterly and served as president of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA).

Edward Rosse 1967 (Deceased)

A supervising social insurance operations analyst of the Social Security Administration and known informally as "Mr. Microfilm," was the first recipient of the Emmet J. Leahy Award. Rosse's outstanding contributions to the information and records management profession included the design and installation of a Computer Output Microfilm (COM) system in the Social Security Administration.