Past Recipients

COL Charles C. Smith
MIT – 1927,  Inducted 2002

Colonel Charles Clement Smith graduated from MIT in 1927 and began working for the General Electric Company, where he is credited with three inventions and patents for the company.  In 1934, he joined the U.S. Army Ordnance Department Reserve and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant.  In November 1939, he entered into active duty service at the Springfield Armory as a 1st Lieutenant. 

In 1940, Charles C. Smith was promoted to Captain and was reassigned to the District Control Division in Washington, D.C., working to rearm European nations through President Roosevelt’s “lend-lease” program. His specific assignment was to organize training courses for civilian inspectors in the various Ordnance Districts to ensure the quality of armed forces materiel.  He was promoted to Major in 1942.  In the spring of that year, he was ordered to field training at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland where he took courses in light and heavy artillery equipment.  Before completion of his coursework, he was reassigned to the 2nd Battalion of the 252nd Ordnance Regiment at Atlanta Motor Base as Battalion Executive Officer.  In February 1943, he began the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  After graduating, he and his family moved to Camp Flora, Mississippi where he would command the 140th Ordnance Base Auto Maintenance Battalion.  He would move his unit to the Texarkana Ordnance Depot later that year for final training and certification.  By Thanksgiving 1943, his unit was aboard troop ships in the Boston Harbor, headed to support the U.S. war effort in Great Britain.

His battalion’s first mission was to receive by rail and unload, uncrate, and assemble Jeeps, Command Cars and trucks for the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations.  He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in early 1944.  On April 15, he received a telephone call ordering him to a “new and dangerous” assignment as part of what turned out to be the largest military operation in history.  Lieutenant Colonel Smith was assigned as Executive Officer of Marshalling Area M, with its headquarters at the south coastal British Naval Base in Torpoint, Cornwall.  The unit’s mission was to receive Army units, house and feed them, and move them into troop ships and landing craft for the Invasion of France. 

By June 9th, only three days after the beginning of the “Overlord Plan”, Marshalling Area M had loaded over 35,000 troops and equipment including the entire 29th Infantry Division.  As a result of that resounding success, Lieutenant Colonel Smith and several other key members of his unit were reassigned to a port that had not done as well -- Marshalling Area C at the Port of Southampton. 

Within only ten days, Lieutenant Colonel Smith had spearheaded a reorganization effort that increased throughput from two to fifteen Liberty Ships and the housing and feeding of 52,000 troops per day.  In August 1944, he was put into command of Marshalling Area C, an area that included twenty-six camps and four sub-area headquarters, an Engineer Regiment, a Quartermaster Battalion, a base hospital, and an Ordnance Depot Company.  He was later made Director of Port Services for the 14th Major Port – the largest U.S. Army Port Operation in World War II.  In May 1945, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel.  In July 1945, Colonel Smith volunteered to transfer to the Pacific Theater of Operations to command an Ordnance Regiment during the planned final assault on Japan.  However, by August 10th, the atomic bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the war was over.  He received an honorable discharge from the Army in June 1946 and transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves. 

He worked at several different jobs after the war: Ebasco Services as a Management Consultant; the General Electric Company as a Superintendent of Manufacturing; and for Barlow Brooks Rollforming Manufacturing as a Production Manager.  In 1956, Colonel Smith resigned from the U.S. Army after twenty-two years of service.  After his resignation he joined the investment company, Growth Capital, Inc. in Cleveland, OH.  In January 1954, Colonel Smith realized the dream to own his own business when he and his sons purchased the Bertram Company, a company that specialized in industrial fans.  In July 1969, they opened a new plant in Amelia, OH under a new name: Industrial Air, Incorporated.

In May of 1979, Colonel Smith was invited to present an award to the MIT Army ROTC honor graduate.  It was the first Colonel Charles C. Smith award, a result of his 50th reunion gift to MIT.  Colonel Smith passed away in 1980.  The Charles C. Smith Award has lived on to this day as an award honoring our distinguished military graduates. 

Colonel (Ret) William J. Cavanaugh
MIT – 1951, Inducted 2002

Colonel William J. Cavanaugh was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from ROTC in June 1951 following receipt of his professional degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He was ordered to active duty in July 1951, at the 6th Armored (Training) Division, Ft. Leonard, MO where he served as Unit Training Officer, regimental S3, plans and training staff officer, and divisional G3 staff training inspector for two years during the Korean conflict. 

Following relief from active duty in July 1953, he organized and served as Company Commander of Company A, 319 Engineer Combat Battalion, 94th Infantry Division (Reserve), and later in battalion operations and intelligence staff assignments with the 319th.  Upon deactivation of the 319th, he organized and served as Commander of the 424th Engineer Construction Company, XIII Corps, made up of HQ Company and two line companies of the 319th.

Following the aforementioned engineer unit command and staff assignments, Colonel Cavanaugh served in mobilization assignments with the New York and Chicago Districts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  From 1972 to 1982, he served as Admissions Liaison Officer and Massachusetts State Program Coordinator for the U. S. Military Academy Admissions Program.

Colonel Cavanaugh is a graduate of the U.S. Army Engineer School Basic and Advanced Engineer Officer Courses, Fort Belvoir, VA, the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces Fort Leslie McNair, VA.  In December of 1982, Colonel Cavanaugh was retired from the active U.S. Army Reserve with 31 1/2 years continuous service since he received his original ROTC commission. 

Colonel Cavanaugh was the Charter President of the Colonel Richard Gridley Regional Chapter of the Army Engineer Association for which he was awarded an AEA Bronze DeFleury Medal.  He was awarded the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal upon his retirement from active reserve service, primarily for his work in building the U.S. Military Academy admissions liaison program in Massachusetts.  He holds the North American Defense Service Medal and the U.S. Army Reserve Medal with two bronze attachments for 30 years of Reserve Service.

Colonel Cavanaugh is a founding partner and senior principal consultant of Cavanaugh Tocci Associates, Inc. of Sudbury, MA, which provides consulting services to clients around the world in architectural, mechanical, structural and environmental acoustics.  He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society, a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, a member and past president of the National Council of Acoustical Consultants, and a board certified member and 1993 president of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering.  He has served on the adjunct faculties of the Division of Architectural Studies, at the Rhode Island School of Design, the schools of architecture at the Boston Architectural Center, Roger Williams University and Cornell University. 

Dr. Paul E. Gray
MIT – 1954, Inducted 2003

Inducted to Army ROTC Hall of Fame 2016


Dr. Paul E. Gray, former chairman of the MIT Corporation (1990-1997), served as president of MIT for 10 years from 1980 to 1990. As a member of both the faculty and the administration of the Institute, Dr. Gray served as associate provost, dean of engineering, and chancellor prior to becoming president.

He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT from 1950-1955. In 1952, he attended a six-week ROTC summer camp, and continued with ROTC until he was commissioned in 1955. While in ROTC, he developed skills in leadership, communication, and time-management. Further experience in ROTC taught the value of discipline, maturity, and responsibility. In 1955, 2LT Gray moved to Fort Devens, MA, where he instructed officers and enlisted soldiers in radio intelligence, military messages, codes, and telecommunications equipment repair. Realizing his love and skill for teaching, 1LT Gray left the Army in 1955 to return to MIT where he earned his Sc.D degree in electrical engineering. His areas of specialization are semiconductor electronics and circuit theory, and he has participated in the development of courses in electronics devices, models, and circuits, as well as core courses. At present, he teaches and advises undergraduates as Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Dr. Gray was involved in the establishment of the Institute’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program in which undergraduate students become working participants in research projects. For four years. Dr. Gray served as a member of the White House Science Council, also serving as a member of the Council’s Panel on the Health of Universities. He held the position of Vice Chairman of the Council on Competitiveness, a Washington-based organization that includes representatives from business, labor and academia. As part of his long-standing interest in improving educational opportunities for minorities and women, he served on the Committee on Minorities in Engineering of the National Research Council.

He was a director of Boeing Company and Eastman Kodak Company, and a Life Trustee of the Boston Museum of Science. He was trustee emeritus at Wheaton College (MA), where he was active as a trustee from 1971 to 1997 and was chairman from 1976 to 1987. Dr. Gray has been awarded honorary degrees from Wheaton College, Northeastern University, the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Cairo University, and Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Gray is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a life fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member since 1975 of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), where he served as treasurer from October 1994 to June 2001. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi.

Dr. Gray passed away in 2017 at the age of 85.

BG (Ret) Rogers B. Finch
MIT – 1941, Inducted 2005

Rogers Finch earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Science degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He majored in the fields of mechanical engineering, textile technology, mathematical statistics, and high polymer mechanics.

Having been a cadet in the M.I.T. Army ROTC program, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps in 1941. During his active duty in World War II from 1941 to 1946, he served with the Quartermaster Corps as Chief of Heavy Textile Research and Development. In 1946 he transferred in the rank of Major to the Army Reserve and in 1975 retired in the rank of Brigadier General after 34 years of wartime and reserve service.

General Finch was a graduate of the Army Air Corps Meteorology School, Army Command and General Staff College, Army War College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. During his years as a reservist, he held mobilization assignments in the Army Research Office, the Office of the Chief of Research and Development, and the Army Materiel Command as Deputy Director of Maintenance. He received the designation of Logistician and was been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.

During his civilian career, Dr. Finch served as:

                * Assistant Professor in the M.I.T. Department of Mechanical Engineering

                * Chief of the U.S. Scientific, Technical, and Economic Mission in Rangoon, Burma

                * Director of Research at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York

                * Chief of University Relations of the Peace Corps in Washington D.C. during its first two years

                * Associate Dean of the R.P.I. Hartford Connecticut Graduate Center

                * Dean of the R.P.I. School of Science in Troy

                * Vice President for Planning at R.P.I. in Troy

                * Executive Vice President of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

                * Executive Director of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 

Dr. Finch was a past President of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Executives and a past Vice President of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations. He was a Certified Association Executive and a past Vice President of the American Society of Association Executives. That Society has awarded him its highest national honor, the Key Award. He was also a member of many military, professional, historical, patriotic, and genealogical societies.

Dr. Finch passed away in 2006 at the age of 86.

Mr. Larry Castro
MIT – 1964, Inducted 2005

Mr. Castro, a former member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service, led the planning and coordination of NSA’s considerable efforts in support of Homeland Security.  In this capacity, Lt Gen Michael Hayden, Director NSA/CSS, directed Mr. Castro to develop an NSA Homeland Security Support (HSS) strategy and to create an NSA Homeland Security Support Office (HSSO). The NSA HSS strategy complements and fully supports the national Homeland Security strategy, and addresses a framework for the delivery of NSA products, services, and capabilities to the various organizations involved in the security of our homeland.

Mr. Castro was initially assigned to NSA in 1965 as a 2LT serving with the Army Security Agency.  He converted to civilian status in 1967.  During his career at NSA, he has served in the Research and Engineering, the Signals Intelligence, and the Information Assurance Organizations.  His assignments have included serving as Chief of Research and Development in the National Computer Security Center as well as a development tour within the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Communications, Command, and Control, and Intelligence, ASD (C3I). 

Mr. Castro earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT and the Degree of Engineer from George Washington University.  He is a graduate of the Infantry Basic Officers Course, the Army Security Agency Basic Officers Course, the National War College, and the MIT Seminar XXI program in Foreign Politics and National Interest.  Mr. Castro was designated as an Intelligence Fellow in 1994 and has been awarded the NSA Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the NSA Exceptional Civilian Service Award, and the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award (in 1997 and 2002).

Mr. Castro was the Managing Director of the Chertoff Group.

COL (Ret) Judith Lemire
MIT – 1981, Inducted 2005

COL Lemire graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS in Chemistry and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the US Army Ordnance Corps in 1981.

During her military career, she has served across the country and in Germany, and participated in deployments to Bosnia, Hungary, and Kuwait.  Her leadership positions include command at the Platoon and Company level in the 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia, and she commanded the 215th Forward Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.  She has served in logistics support roles as a maintenance control officer and as a support operations officer at the Brigade, Division, and Theater levels and as a Division logistics planner in the 3rd Infantry Division, Würzburg, Germany, where she participated in the first combined training exercise conducted by US forces in Russia.

COL Lemire served as the senior logistics trainer at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, providing combat training to over 40 support battalions during her two-year tenure.   More recently, COL Lemire trained logistics operations in the urban environment to deploying Divisions and Corps as a member of Battle Command Training Program’s Urban Operations Training Team, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

COL Lemire’s military schooling includes the Ordnance Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the US Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Military Studies, and the US Army War College.  She holds a Masters of Science in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and two Masters in Military Arts and Science.  COL Lemire has published articles on logistics support issues in both the Ordnance Magazine and Army Logistician. 

COL Lemire’s current assignment is with Headquarters, US Army Training and Doctrine Command, where she serves as the Division Chief for Science and Technology in the newly designated Futures Center.  Her organization translates Warfighter concepts into technology requirements for the Army, Joint, Industry, and Academia science and technology communities to ensure that the Army’s science and technology portfolio will mature the technologies needed for the Future Warfighter.  Her follow on assignment will be working logistics support issues as a member of the Department of the Army staff.

COL (Ret) F. Gorham Brigham
Field Artillery Officer
Harvard, 1937 – Inducted 2006

COL F. Gorham Brigham was admitted into Harvard University in the fall of 1933.  He became a Cadet in Harvard’s ROTC, program and upon graduation was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the Field Artillery Corps.  During the summers of 1937 – 1940, he did active duty training with the 7th Field Artillery as well as the 101st and the 102nd Field Artillery Regiments in the 26th Division of the Massachusetts National Guard.

COL Brigham was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in June 1940.  On 15 September 1940, his ROTC instructor, then Major Edward H. Brooks, and later LTG Brooks, had him called to active duty on 48 hours notice.  He served in the office of the Chief of Staff General George C. Marshall until November 1945 having been promoted to Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel.  At the end of this tour, LTC Brigham received the Legion of Merit from General Marshall himself.

Beginning in 1947, LTC Brigham served every summer on active duty at such stations as Ft. Dix, Ft. Benning, and the Army War College.  Most of his tours of active duty were in the Logistics Division of the Army General Staff.

In 1957, he was promoted to Colonel and served until 1967 when he retired after completing 30 years of service.

COL Brigham’s career included service as a public accountant, chief financial officer with two manufacturing firms, and many years as a banker.  His last twelve years were with Citizen’s Financial Group where he retired as Senior Vice President in 2005.

He passed way in 2016 at the age of 101.

MAJ GEN (Retired) Robert C. Davenport

Harvard - Inducted 2016

Army ROTC Hall of Fame - Inducted 2016


MAJ GEN (Retired) Robert C. Davenport is the son of an 1890 Harvard College graduate and the grandson of the inventor of the furniture piece known as the "Davenport".  He joined the Enlisted Reserve Corps at Harvard in June 1942 and thirteen months later entered the Army on active duty.  MG Davenport served as an Army officer in World War II.  He was in the Pacific Theater with the 27th infantry Division preparing for the invasion of Japan when the war ended with the atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  While stationed in the Philippines, he assisted in the development of Rocket Artillery and became Commander of U.S. Army Force Fuel Depot at Clark Field after WWII.  In 1946, he joined the 94th Infantry Division in the active Army Reserve where he held various battery commands.  In 1978, MG Davenport retired from the Reserves as a colonel and subsequently joined the Massachusetts Army National Guard as the commander of the 3rd Military Police Brigade, where he served 5 1/2 years before retiring with the rank of Major General.

Upon leaving the service in 1983, MG (Ret.) Davenport continued to support the Army.  He served on the Alumni Advisory Committee for the Advocates for Harvard ROTC, which was instrumental to the reestablishment of the ROTC program at Harvard in 2012.

MG Davenport passed away in February 2017 at the age of 95.