Board of Trustees

Denis E. Ribordy

Personal Information

  • Birthplace: East Chicago, Indiana
  • Spouse: Carolyn Ann (McClurg) Ribordy '54
  • Children: Cheryl (Purdue '79), Scott '80, Nancy '85 and Mark '87

Education

  • Griffith High School, 1947
  • B.S., Pharmacy, Butler University, 1952
  • Executive Program, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Retired Profession

  • Vice Chairman of the Board and CEO of AAA-Chicago Motor Club
  • President, Ribordy Enterprises, Inc.
  • Founder and former president of Ribordy Drugs, Inc., a 26 - store retail drug chain in northwest
  • Indiana, which was sold to Walgreen Co., 1985
  • Nisource, Board of Directors

Current Professional/Civic Activities

  • Boards of Trustees
    • Butler University, Emeritus
    • Methodist Hospital of Gary, Inc., life member
  • Finance Committee, Planning Committee, Audit Committee of Methodist Hospital of Gary, Inc.

Professional/Civic Organization Memberships

  • Indiana Pharmacists Association
  • National Association Chain Drug Stores
  • National Association Retail Druggists
  • Purdue Calumet, Chancellor's Council
  • Purdue North Central, Chancellor's Council
  • Indiana University Northwest, Chancellor's Council

Honors and Awards

  • Gary Jaycees Outstanding Young Man Award, 1962
  • Listed in Outstanding Young Men in America, 1965
  • Pharmacist of the Year Award, Lake County Pharmacist Association, 1966
  • Boss of the Year Award, American Business Women's Association, 1966
  • H. Robins Bowl of Hygeia Award (Indiana's Pharmacist of the Year), 1967
  • U. S. Navy League Man of the Year Award, 1979
  • Butler University Alumni Achievement Award, 1983
  • SBDC Lifetime Entrepreneur Award, 1992
  • TradeWinds Man of the Year Service Award, 1993
  • Distinguished Citizen of Northwest Indiana, 1999
  • Butler University, Trustee Medal of Distinction 1999
  • Town Council of Ogden Dunes, IN, outstanding community service, 2001
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Butler University
  • One of seven inducted into inaugural class of the Northwest Indiana Business and Industry Hall of Fame, March 7, 2008
  • Butler University Medal, 2009

Past Activities and Past Offices

  • Gary Junior Chamber of commerce, 1960-61, President
  • Downtown Gary council, 1960-1961, President
  • Ogden Dunes Home Owners Association, 1972, President
  • Gary Methodist Hospital, 1974-78, President, Board of Trustees
  • American Red Cross, The Gary Chapter, 1976, Chairman
  • Affiliated Drug Stores, New York City, 1978-79, Chairman of the Board
  • Northwest Indiana Forum, 1988, Chairman
  • Indiana Bell Telephone Co., Inc., 1985-90, Director
  • Indiana State Board of Pharmacy, 1988, President
  • National Association Chain Drug Stores, 1983-87, Director
  • Indiana State Board of Pharmacy, 1982-91, Member
  • Gainer Bank N.A., Director
  • Gainer Holding Co., Inc., Director
  • Indiana Retirement Communities, Inc.
  • Nature Conservancy (Indiana)
  • Indiana University Northwest, Advisory Board
  • Chicago Motor Club AAA, vice chairman of the board, CEO, 1994-1997
  • Chicago Motor Club, emeriti
  • Lake County Indiana Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Inc.
  • Northwest Indiana Forum
  • Trade Winds Rehabilitation Center, Inc., life member

Masonic Organizations

  • Master Mason, 1954
  • Scottish Rite
  • York Rite of Hammond
  • Orak Shrine Potentate, 1979
  • Great Lakes Shrine Association, president, 1987
  • Honorary 33°, 1981
  • Order of DeMolay Legion of Honor
  • Royal Order of Jesters
  • Red Cross of Constantine

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