Alumni of the Year

Presented by the Board of Trustees to an alumnus or alumna in recognition of professional achievements or distinguished community service


Dr. Richard Maniglia '78: 2018 Recipient

Dr. Richard Maniglia '78, Alumnus of the YearHarrisburg Academy was pleased to welcome the 2018 Alumnus of the Year, Dr. Richard Maniglia '78, as the Commencement speaker at the Academy’s Class of 2018 graduation ceremony on Friday, June 8.  Maniglia was nominated for the 2018 Alumnus of the Year Award by the Executive Alumni Board, the leadership group of our Academy alumni.


Dr. Richard Maniglia ’78 currently serves as a clinical associate professor of medicine and attending physician with the Infectious Disease HIV Clinic at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center at the University of Pennsylvania.


“Dr. Maniglia is committed to supporting patients and students, and dedicated to improving care for HIV/AIDS patients,” said Jim Newman, head of school. “He was chosen for this honor because of his social consciousness as both a clinical and research physician, as well as being an educator. Dr. Maniglia’s diverse display of engagement in his field is the true hallmark of an Academy education — we’re so pleased to call him one of our own.”


Maniglia attended Harrisburg Academy from Kindergarten through 12th grade. During his Upper School years, he was involved in soccer, basketball, lacrosse, “The Spectator” yearbook, and drama club. “I appreciated having the opportunity to participate in so many things, both sports and the arts,” Maniglia said. Beyond co- and extra-curricular activities, however, Maniglia said he believes the biggest benefit of his Academy experience was the one-on-one interaction he had with his teachers.


“Randy St. John and Steve Stewart were two of my mentors — they were people you wanted to emulate, and they really inspired me in so many ways. When I worked for the Academy’s summer camp program, I remember sitting at the pool with Mr. Stewart, talking through the Watergate scandal. When I think back on it, it’s pretty amazing that this adult would be talking to an awkward teenager about something like that.”


“And I have so many other teachers like that who were all really good role models and who gave me things I carry with me today,” he continued. “The love of learning, reading, history, and biography… so much of that comes from being exposed to really good people who stimulate your interests.”


After his years at Harrisburg Academy, Maniglia studied at Bucknell University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in political science. A growing interest in medicine led him to the University of Pennsylvania for a post-baccalaureate program in pre-medicine, and subsequently, Hahnemann University School of Medicine (now part of Drexel University College of Medicine) for his doctorate degree in medicine.

Maniglia was recognized by America’s Top Doctors 2015-2017 and in Philadelphia Magazine’s May 2018 Top Docs issue in addition to multiple other industry awards, honors, and published work. He and his wife enjoy spending time reading, gardening, and attending dog shows.


Past Recipients

Randy St. John '17h (2017)

Deborah Masters '69 (2016)

David Brason '74 (2015)

Dr. Jeffrey Morrison '88 (2014)

Rebecca Stevenson McClure ’89 (2013)
Joseph P. Gillette ’82 (2012)
Ruqayya Khan ’78 (2011)
Mark Parsells ’78 (2010)
Lewis E. Lehrman ’56 (2009)
Elizabeth E. Wein ’82 (2008)
Clifton E. Rodgers, Jr. ’72 (2007)
Nicholas Brown ’37 (2006)
George Hoopy ’26 (1999)
George Hoopy ’26 (1998)
Kathryn Zerbe ’69 (1995)
Kathryn Zerbe ’69 (1994)
Harold Prowell ’25 (1994)
Lloyd R. Persun ’64 (1993)
Ellen Brody Hughes ’64 (1988)
Marie Graupner Elias ’35 (1987)
David A. Elias, Jr. ’38 (1987)
Caroline Coloviras ’29 (1986)
Virginia Brown House ’29 (1985)
Philip Brown ’26 (1985)
Nicholas Brown ’37 (1985)
Arthur E. Brown, Jr. ’34 (1985)
Lee Javitch ’49 (1984)
William W. Dodson, Jr. ’38 (1983)
Albert L. Allen, Jr. ’38 (1982)
Ernest S. Burch, Jr. ’56 (1980)
Helen McVey Colvin ’60 (1979)
Marion Carey Alexander ’59 (1978)
Lloyd R. Persun ’64 (1977)
John B. Davis ’60 (1976)
D. Gilbert Lehrman ’56 (1975)
Spencer G. Nauman, Jr ’51 (1974)
M. Edwin Green ’20 (1973)
Barbara Foust Kriebel ’62 (1972)
Martha Gross Morrison ’42 (1971)


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