"The Unitas Distinguished Alumni/ae Awards, established in 1994, bear witness to the faith and perseverance of living Union alumni/ae who exemplify the Seminary’s academic breadth, its diversity and inclusiveness, and the range of vocations its graduates follow. Recipients represent all of the Union graduates who have distinguished themselves in the church, academy, and society across the country and around the world."

Thomas J. Philipp M.Div. '62

"Tom has been in the ministry for 50 years, serving as both a campus minister and as a pastor of a congregation at the same time. Before retiring in 2006 he was Executive Minister of Long Island Campus Ministry serving the several campuses on Long island, and the Pastor of Community Presbyterian Church in Merrick. Since retiring he has been the Temporary Supply Pastor at South Haven Presbyterian Church in Brookhaven, NY. In 2001 he received the Higher Education Honor Roll Award of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The National Campus Ministry Association has recognized his work on several occasions. He was the recipient of the Rev, Bea Blair Courageous Service Award from Family Planning Advocates of New York for his work with members of the State Assembly and Senate to pass the Right to Choose legislation to make abortion legal in New York. This was prior to Roe vs.Wade. Recently he did similar work to pass same gender marriage legislation in New York State. He was a founder and past President of the Long Island Crisis Center and founded its Pride For Youth program meeting needs of teenage GLBT youth. As a peace advocate he presently serves as President of the South Country Peace Group and convener of the Presbytery’s Middle East Study Group."

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