The John Charles Daly award is presented by the Head of School to a friend of Tilton whose pursuit of excellence and deep commitment as a member of the school family resembles that of John Daly’s involvement with Tilton through continuous and widely known expressions of support in word and deed, inspiring others to reach goals that common experience dictates are impossible.
Mark Rudd arrived at Tilton School for the first time during the fall of 1966 and immediately engrained himself within our community. A member of the myth and poetry, debate, and creative writing clubs, he also served as editor of The Tiltonian, on the Chaplain’s Council and the Constitutional Committee. A varsity football player, he was also an honor roll student.
After Tilton, Mark made his way to Colgate University in Hamilton, New York where he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion. After graduating from Colgate, he went on to study law at Franklin Pierce University, where he received a J.D. in 1977.
Following his admittance to the New York State Bar in 1978, Mark began his legal career as a sole practitioner. As his practice grew, he added associates and eventually, partners. By 1988, Mark had successfully merged his firm with a larger one that was renamed Bell, Kalnick, Sassower, Jackson, Klee, Green and Rudd. If you ask him, Mark will humorously tell you that he referred to himself as “the Caboose” in those years – a term that does not do such a leader justice. The firm had more than 40 attorneys and a full floor office at 300 Park Avenue in Manhattan – across the street from the Waldorf Astoria for those less familiar with New York City. Mark quickly grew disenchanted with having to spend more time on administrative duties than the actual practice of law and eventually left to form a smaller firm of his own.
From then on, Mark dedicated himself to philanthropic endeavors both on and off the Hill. For 12 years he served as an adjunct professor at the New York University Real Estate Institute where he has taught courses on rent regulatory schemes in New York City. Mark was a frequent lecturer for the city’s Community Housing Improvement Program and Rent Stabilization Association for more than 15 years. He holds active memberships with the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, CHIP, RSA and Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York. He retired in 2012 after having spent 34 years as a real estate litigator and transactional attorney and devoted himself, and his newfound time, to giving even more back to his community.
For those of you who were introduced to Mark this weekend, you know that he has committed a good portion of his life to Tilton School. His continuous and widely known expressions of support include more than 15 years on the Board of Trustees serving as the Chairman of the Fundraising and Development Committee, and as a member of the Executive Council and Audit Committee in addition to serving as an Alumni Council member, Class Ambassador and Chairman of the New York City Alumni Club. Most recently, Mark could be found amongst students, faculty and staff as we conducted a yearlong effort of the Tilton Experience. Off the Hill, Mark has continued to involve himself in his local community. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Greenwich House, Barrow Street Nursery School and The Stetcher and Horowitz Foundation. In the Grace Church School, he established the Ethel Rudd Fund for Religious Diversity. Mark is a dedicated patron of Carnegie Hall’s New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Guild and community organizer with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, First Presbyterian Church of New York and the Washington Square Park Conservancy.
Mark is married to his wife, Tracy, and they live in New York City with their three children, Lily, Audrey and Jeremy.
It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to present Mark Rudd, Tilton Class of 1969, with the 2016 John Charles Daly Award, for he is indeed a true friend of Tilton whose pursuit of excellence and deep commitment as a member of the school family resembles that of John Daly’s involvement in Tilton School.