Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—Harold F. Still ’44, a resident of Philadelphia, will receive Amherst College’s Medal for Eminent Service at the college’s commencement exercises on Sunday, May 26.
The Medal for Eminent Service is presented to an Amherst alumnus who has demonstrated extraordinary devotion to his alma mater.
After his graduation in 1944, Still remained involved with Amherst, holding several class offices, including secretary, assistant secretary, class agent, associate agent and president of the Class of ’44. He also has served on the executive committee of the Alumni Council. He received the Amherst College Distinguished Service Award in 1982.
After his time at Amherst—punctuated by military service as an ensign in the U.S. Navy in World War II—Still studied finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, in a selective program sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia to prepare young people for the banking profession. He enjoyed a long career in banking in Philadelphia, beginning at the Central Penn National Bank of Philadelphia, where he was made president and chief executive officer at age 39. Still has served as president of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association and director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Pennsylvania. In 1988 Still retired from his position as chairman of Meridian Bank, now Meridian Bancorp, where he remained a member of the board of directors until 1993.
Still volunteers much of his time to both higher education and civic endeavors. He was chairman of the Board of Trustees of Drexel University and Abington (Penn.) Hospital. He has been active with the Greater Philadelphia Movement, Chamber of Commerce and the United Way, among other organizations. Founded in 1821, Amherst College is consistently ranked one of the nation’s best colleges. Amherst enrolls 1,650 students from nearly every state and more than 40 other countries. Amherst offers the B.A. degree in 33 fields of study.