Richard C. Nerod '59C was awarded the President’s Medal of St.
John’s University at the 28th Annual Alumni Convocation on Friday,
May 29, 2009.
He received his B.A. magna cum laude from St. John’s
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1959.
As a student he was active in a number of campus activities, and
was selected for membership in the prestigious Skull and Circle
Honor Society. After graduation he began a 40 year career at
General Motors, starting as a Senior Clerk and then moving overseas
for 28 years in increasingly responsible postings in 10
countries. He returned to the United States in 1991 when he
was named Vice President for Latin American operations.
In 1998 he became the 10th ranking executive in General Motors
to become a charter member of its Automotive Strategy Board, an
elite group of leaders reporting directly to the president.
He retired in 2000.
Always close to alma mater, he is a longtime member of
The Loughlin Society and The McCallen Society, a benefactor of St.
Thomas More Church, and has endowed a scholarship. In 1999 he
was awarded the St. John’s University Alumni Outstanding
A dedicated community leader, he has generously supported
numerous organizations and agencies, including the Sisters of St.
Dominic, Covenant House, the Filling Memorial Home and the Miami
“I’m feeling humbled and proud to be here,” he said. “The
University means a great deal to me and always has. This
medal is totally priceless to me.”
The President’s Medal is among the most prestigious awards at
St. John’s University. It is presented to an individual who
has achieved exceptional personal and professional success and/or
rendered outstanding service to the University or society.