TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Alumni Association has again honored its own.
Elliot Shaw Jr. of Delmar and Thomas Burleigh of Dunwoody, Ga., and Ticonderoga were recently presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Special Service Awards were given to Richard Arthur of Ticonderoga, John Bartlett of Ticonderoga and the late Don Gijanto Sr.
The awards ceremony was held at Ticonderoga Country Club.
"I think, other than giving scholarships, this is the most important thing the alumni association does," said Joyce Cooper, president of the alumni association. "It's important that we recognize and honor successful Ti High graduates for their accomplishments."
Shaw, a 1977 Ti High graduate, attended Siena College, where he served an internship with The Business Council of New York State. After graduation he stayed with the council for 20 years, becoming director of government affairs.
He worked with Governors Mario Cuomo, George Pataki and Elliott Spitzer and helped draft major legislation relating to health care and state worker's compensation.
Shaw is now director of government affairs for WellCare of New York, where he monitors New York's Medicaid system.
He has served on many boards relating to health care as well as the Albany International Airport board of directors and the SUNY-Albany Prevention Research Center board.
Shaw lives in Delmar with his wife, Penny, and children, Chris and Ted.
Burleigh, a 1952 Ti High graduate, attended Union College and had a long career in sales and marketing.
He spent 20 years with International Paper as manager of sales before moving to Keith Clark Company, where he eventually became president. He ended his career as president of the American division of the British firm Portals, Inc.
In retirement Burleigh, who lives in Georgia and spends summers in Ticonderoga, has been active in many charitable organizations such as the St. Vincent dePaul Society, Missionaries of the Poor, Atlanta homeless shelters and Habitat for Humanity.
He served as president of ICare, an Atlanta-based organization that helps senior citizens with medical conditions, for six years.
Burleigh and his late wife, Arthurlyn, have two children, Carolyn and Gordon.
Arthur was salutatorian of the Ti High Class of 1956. He worked at International Paper in Ti while attending Albany College of Pharmacy.
Following his college graduation Arthur worked two years in Vermont before returning to Ti, working at Meyer Drug 20 years. He bought the company in 1983 and operated Arthur Drug 19 years until retirement. He also served as pharmacist at Moses-Ludington Hospital and Nursing Home nay years.
Arthur was also active in community affairs. He served eight years on the Ti town board and in 1982 was appointed town supervisor.
He was also involved in many community group, chairing the 1964 bicentennial ball, founding the Adirondack Chapter of the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and serving on the boards of the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union, the Ticonderoga Country Club and Valley View Cemetery.
He and his wife, Betty Ann, have three children, Kim, Michelle and Michael.
Bartlett graduated from Ti High in 1970 and St. John's University. After a career as an actuary, he retired with his wife Joan to Ticonderoga in 2005.
Since that time he has been a leader in community service. He served on the Ticonderoga School District Community Facilities Committee that planned the present building project; has worked with the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership and is now chair of its design committee; serves on the Ticonderoga Quality Destination Committee; and serves on the town economic development, operational efficiency and health insurance committees.
Bartlett has also been active in lobbying local government for property tax exemptions for low0income seniors and payments in lieu for taxes for improvements to downtown businesses. He has also authored several grant application for the town.
Gijanto was a 1948 Ti High graduate. In 1954 he opened Adirondack Lanes with his brother James, becoming the sole owner in 1974. A member of the Professional Bowlers Association, he competed in many local, state and national tournaments. He also taught the sport at North Country Community College.
Gijanto was also a leader in several civic organization. He joined the Elks in 1953 and served as Exalted Ruler in 1967-68. He joined Kiwanis in 1961 and became president and lieutenant governor of the Adirondack Division. He was a Kiwanian 37 years, until his death this spring, and was a leader in the creation of Ticonderoga's Bicentennial Park.
He became a Knight of Columbus in 1981 and held many positions, including Grand Knight, District warden and District Deputy. In 1988 he was named K of C Irishman of the Year in recognition of his community service.
In 2008 Charles A. Moore Jr. of Queensbury and Howard Rathbun of Ticonderoga were given Distinguished Alumni Awards, while Special Service Awards were given to Ticonderoga Supervisor Bob Dedrick and Ti Historian Bill Dolback.