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(Rochester, New York) November 19, 2012 – WXXI Public Broadcasting named Robert C. Stevens 2012 Associate of the Year during WXXI’s Diane Rehm Luncheon at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Friday, November 16. WXXI President Norm Silverstein presented Mr. Stevens with the award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in support of WXXI’s mission of public service. More than 600 WXXI supporters attended the luncheon and award ceremony with special guest speaker Diane Rehm of NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show.

Mr. Stevens and his late wife Jane were founding member of WXXI, supporting the station’s mission since 1966. It was Jane, an active WXXI volunteer who served on numerous committees, including WXXI Board of Trustees and Auction, who encouraged Mr. Stevens to be an advocate for the station. In 2005 the couple established the Stevens Family Endowment Fund in support of original programming. Mr. Stevens continues to foster that fund, and is an active member of WXXI’s Associates Society. He also serves as a great champion of Rochester’s public broadcasting station, sharing with his colleagues, family, friends, and the community the importance of WXXI and why he values it.

Born in Boston, MA and raised in Ithaca, NY, Mr. Stevens graduated from Harvard University in 1947. He married Jane in 1948, and the couple moved from Ithaca to Rochester, New York, where they raised four children. Mr. Stevens worked for the telecommunications equipment and electronics manufacturing company Stromberg-Carlson as a buyer, assistant purchasing agent and finally as Manager of Physical Distribution. He resigned in 1970 to start his own consulting business, working with entrepreneurs who were starting their own ventures. He retired from consulting in 1990. He resides in Pittsford and enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren.

To commemorate the award, a tree will be planted in Highland Park in Mr. and Mrs. Stevens’ honor. Mr. Stevens name has been inscribed on WXXI’s Associate of the Year plaque. He joins a long list of past winners including his wife Jane K. Stevens (1995), along with WXXI Honorary Trustees Catherine Carlson, Betty Strasenburgh, and Richard F. Brush, as well as Suzanne Gouvernet, Harry P. Truehart III, Dr. Nancy Perkins Weyl, Ted Shepard, Dick Eisenhart, B. Thomas Golisano, George M. Ewing, Sr., and Ed Saphar.


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