On October 16, 2019 Mrs. Mary Jordan Horner Saunders, Trustee Board Member for Marine Corps University Foundation, received the Marine Corps University Foundation’s prestigious Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award. Mrs. Saunders was chosen for the top distinction in recognition of her exemplary service and dedication to the community.
Among numerous colleagues, family and friends, Mrs. Jordan H. Saunders, was awarded the esteemed crystal trophy for her dedication to the community, country, and the United States Marine Corps. Her reputation as a civic leader, philanthropist, historian and supporter of higher education, health care and the arts come with great merit. Mrs. Saunders was recognized in 2008 for her contributions to the humanities, when she and her husband Thomas A. Saunders III were named the first joint recipients of the National Humanities Medal, presented by President George W. Bush.
The Russell Leadership Award honored Mrs. Saunders’ for her dedicated commitment to the history, traditions, and ethos of the Marine Corps. Mrs. Jordan Horner Saunders received this award at the Major General John H. Russell Luncheon at The Union League Club in New York City.
Major General John H. Russell, USMC, was the 16th Commandant of the Marine Corps. The Major General John H. Russell Leadership Award established in his honor by the Marine Corps University Foundation, is presented annually at a luncheon to a distinguished American whose commitment to personal and professional excellence embodies those qualities of leadership and character uniquely associated with the United States Marine Corps.