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Dan Lufkin Gives as Well as Receives at the Annual Audubon Society Awards

Lufkin was the recipient of one of  most prestigious environmental honors- the Audubon Prize as well as seeing the second  Daniel W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership being presented.

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Dan Lufkin

Honoree Dan Lufkin accepts the Audubon Medal at the National Audubon Society’s 2nd Annual Gala Dinner, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in New York.

  (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for National Audubon Society)

If it was undoubtedly an emotion packed evening for Dan W. Lufkin at the recent Annual Gala Dinner held by the National Audubon Society at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Lufkin was present for two reasons, both of them very special. First of all he was presented with the Audubon Medal, regarded amongst as being of the highest honors that can be awarded in the field of conservation and environmental protection. Since the award was created  almost 70 years ago, only 52 people have been recipients of Audubon Medal, amongst them Robert Redford, Ted Turner,  Julie Packard and the  Rockefeller family.

Later in the evening, Dan Lufkin was present to see the 2014 Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership, valued at $100, 000 being handed over, this year going to Patrick F. Noonan, former president of The Nature Conservancy.

The inaugural winner of the Lufkin prize  was George Archibald, founder of the International Crane Foundation.

Holt Thrasher, chairman of the board of the National Audubon Society’s was given the pleasurable task of presenting Dan Lufkin with the Audubon Medal, which Thrasher explained had been earned  as a result of  Dan’s tireless dedication to the environment as well as his fervent support for the National Audubon Society.

In response said Dan Lufkin stated that he was deeply honored to be a recipient of their the Audubon Medal from the National Audubon Society, and like those who’ve received this great honor before me, he believed that  fighting for a healthy environment is a key challenge of our time, and he was doing his best to play a part.

Lufkin summed up  by emphasizing his hope that  with him as well as Patrick F. Noonan having their efforts recognized will inspire others to work toward achieving  similar goals.


David Yarnold,    Holt Thrasher,    Dan Lufkin

David Yarnold, left, President and CEO, National Audubon Society, and Holt Thrasher, center, Chairman, National Audubon Society, present Dan Lufkin with the Audubon Medal at the National Audubon Society’s 2nd Annual Gala Dinner, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in New York.

(Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for National Audubon Society)

After the Dan W. Lufkin Prize was presented to Noonan by Nathaniel P. Reed, former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, David Yarnold, CEO and President of the National Audubon Society wound down the awards ceremony by stating stated that these two men are a part of a larger story — a story about a handful of leaders who built America’s environmental movement with their life’s work serving as a legacy for others to  carry on.

The Lufkin Prize was established last year by members of the  Dan W. Lufkin  family in recognition of Dan’s lifetime commitment to the environment, to honor  members of the public who have dedicated time and effort to the furtherance of conserving the environment.

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Daniel W. Lufkin graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University later going on to gain M.B.A. degree from the Harvard Business School after serving for two years in the US Marines.

Lufkin’s career in the world of business and finance strecthes back more than fifty years, with the highlights being the founding of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1960, leading it to become the first Wall Street firm to sell its shares to the public. Credit Suisse acquired Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in November 2000

Daniel W. Lufkin also holds the distinction of being one of the youngest Governors of the New York Stock Exchange, a position that he held  from 1969 to 1971 and at one time held the post of  Commissioner at the  Department of Environmental Protection for the State of Connecticut.

Currently Dan Lufkin serves on the Boards of a number of public companies, private companies, and non-profit endeavors as well as finding time in 1975 to publish “Many Sovereign States”  reviewing the  state government and the  role that it plays in the federal government system.



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