More than 50 years ago, everyone on campus knew John Dalton ’60— The Link editor in chief, the Newman Club president, the crusading managing editor of The Stute fighting to save Castle Stevens from the wrecking ball.
Today, Dalton is still a visible, vibrant part of the Stevens community, from leading a new effort to increase student scholarships to now fighting to preserve memories of Castle Stevens. While his Stute series on the Castle in October 1959 couldn’t save the historic Stevens family home, Dalton is dedicated to preserving the university’s history—and to making a Stevens education accessible to students in need.
For his decades of enthusiastic service to his fellow alumni and to Stevens in so many ways, Dalton, of Manasquan, N.J., has been chosen to receive the Stevens Alumni Award. He will accept the prestigious award during Alumni Weekend 2013, at the Alumni Dinner Dance on Saturday, June 1.
The Stevens Alumni Association’s Awards Committee chose Dalton for the award, which was approved by the SAA’s Executive Committee.
Dalton is the twin brother of the late Edward Dalton ’60, who was a 1982 Alumni Award recipient. Ed Dalton passed away in 2000.
“For Ed and me, Stevens took a risk, giving scholarships to two working class kids from Jersey City,” John said. “We always felt the obligation to give back so that future students would have the same opportunity we had.”
John Dalton’s service to his fellow alumni and alma mater has touched so many areas of Stevens life. He has given many volunteer hours to working with the university to raise support for student scholarships, recently stepping up as chair of a new initiative to increase alumni giving in this area. As winner of the General Motors Scholarship while at Stevens, he knows how scholarships can change students’ lives. So Dalton gives back, through his extensive SAA and Stevens volunteer work, his work over the years with his fraternity Delta Tau Delta’s scholarship program, and as a member of the Edwin A. Stevens Society, the annual donors group.
As active as he was as a student, he’s been just as involved with the SAA for over four decades. Dalton currently serves as president of the Class of 1960 and has served on his class’s reunion and reunion gift committees. He is a past SAA Decade Representative and received the Harold R. Fee ’20 Alumni Achievement Award in 1980 for outstanding effort on behalf of the SAA and Stevens.
Dalton also has a strong passion for preserving Stevens’ history, and remembering Castle Stevens has become a mission. With Hoveida Farvardin, the wife of Stevens President Nariman Farvardin, and Richard Widdicombe, retired director of Stevens’ Williams Library, he is working to raise awareness of Stevens’ history and hopes to make a video about the Castle. John is gathering memories from alumni and others of the Castle—from priceless photographs and written remembrances to interviews with alumni. John himself has done video interviews with alumni for this exciting project.
Dalton has enjoyed a successful and is currently retired; he most recently worked as a consultant and senior advisor to Besler Consulting. Dalton served as president and CEO of Healthcare Business Specialists and vice president of NCO Financial Systems. As a Stevens student, Dalton held many leadership positions: managing editor of The Stute, editor in chief of The Link, president of the Newman Club, commissioner with Interclass Sports. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, Gear & Triangle and Pi Delta Epsilon, the journalism honor society. He earned an M.B.A. from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1969.