Joseph Neubauer, E63, J90P

Joseph Neubauer, E63, J90P
(Photo courtesy of the Horatio Alger

The Horatio Alger Association recently honored former trustee Joseph Neubauer, E63, J90P, with the 2013 Norman Vincent Peale Award in recognition of “his years of valuable service, leadership, and support,” and for serving as a role model for young Americans. Selected information from the association's citation follows:

After fleeing Nazi Germany in 1938, Neubauer’s parents settled in Israel, where he was born. But they sent their son to the United States when he was just 14 years old to live with his aunt and uncle—and to take advantage of America’s educational opportunities.

A Tufts professor mentored Neubauer and set the chemical engineering major on the path of economics. At 28, Neubauer became the youngest vice president in the history of Chase Manhattan Bank. He then went on to become treasurer and vice president of PepsiCo before leading the transformation of ARA Services into ARAMARK Corporation, a multinational professional services company. Last year he retired from his CEO position.

The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc. was founded in 1947 to provide scholarships, mentoring, and support to what it calls “promising young people,” encouraging them “to pursue their own version of the American Dream.”

Neubauer was inducted in 1994 as someone who is “dedicated to the principles of integrity, hard work, perseverance, and compassion for others.”

Since 1995 Neubauer has been a member of the association’s Founder’s Club and served continuously as a member of the Horatio Alger Board of Directors. During this tenure he helped to initiate the association’s $100 million capital campaign, facilitated two scholarship programs, and started and underwrote the Horatio Alger Success Factors Study, “to explore what factors make Horatio Alger Scholars so resilient in the face of great adversity.” He has also served on the association’s executive committee since 2003, was president and CEO from 2006 to 2008, and chairman from 2008 to 2010. He is currently a chairman emeritus.

Read more in the association’s full citation about Neubauer’s life story and how he is helping at-risk students succeed.

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