Three graduates of Auburn/Cayuga Community College have been honored by the college’s Alumni Association. The 2014 Alumni Awards were presented to Richard J. Knaul ’63, Melanie Trexler ’75 and Terry M. Wilbur ’08 at a special reception as well as at CCC Commencement on May 18.
Knaul began his studies at ACC upon his release from active duty in the U.S. Navy.
While continuing his military career in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Knaul attended and graduated from Auburn Community College.
Knaul has been involved in countless community organizations over the years.
As a civic-minded individual, he has served on the town of Owasco Planning Board for more than 20 years and was recently elected to the town board.
His involvement and dedication with the Boy Scouts of America has spanned more than three decades. A tireless worker, Knaul has provided assistance to Sacred Heart Church, RSVP, Neighborhood Sewer Project and the Community Preservation Committee.
He has been a board member and president of the Schwartz Towers, as well as Owasco Yacht Club. Rich and his wife, Barbara, have three children: David, Kate and John as well as six grandchildren.
Trexler is the executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County.
She has been actively involved in making her community a better place.
She has spent 20 years as a fund-raiser for various organizations worldwide, working with Mother Theresa’s charity in Manila where she helped establish a TB clinic and has helped collect tons of clothes for homeless children in Moscow after a devastating earthquake in 1988.
In 2013, Trexler was named by NYS Senator Pattie Ritchie as one of CNY’s Women of Distinction and in 2012 was presented with the Amelia Earhart Award “Women of the Year” by Zonta International.
Wilbur is currently the constituent liaison for New York State Assembly members William Barclay and Robert Oaks.
Now in his third term as an Oswego County legislator, he is also the majority leader.
Wilbur serves on a number of legislative standing committees and was recently elected to the position of state committeeman for the NYS Republican Party.
He is passionate about the agricultural community and is involved with many community activities including the parish council at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Hannibal Historical Society and president of the Hannibal Central School Alumni Association.
He is engaged to be married in September.
The ACC/CCC Alumni Association is proud to add these three individuals to the roster of Alumni Award Recipients.